Jan. 29, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior Ana Belzunce and sophomore Welma Luus, ranked 37th nationally, knocked off fifth-ranked Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews, but Notre Dame recovered to defeat the Terps, 7-0, Sunday morning at the Varsity Tennis Center.
After the Irish won at No. 2 and 3 doubles, Belzunce and Luus earned a hard fought, 8-6, victory over Notre Dame's top duo to hand them their first defeat of the season.
"Everyone came out with a lot of energy in doubles," said head coach Dianne Matias. "Today was a huge improvement from yesterday. We had our chances in No. 3 doubles. Unfortunately, we came up a little short. Had we won the doubles point, the momentum going into singles might have been different. But to get into tight pressure situations this early in the season is definitely going to help us in our upcoming matches.
"Ana and Welma came out with a good win and we're going to continue to build on that," Matias said.
Frilling and Mathews bounced back in singles. At No.1 singles, Mathews won 6-2, 6-4 over 26th-ranked Cristina Stancu, and Frilling defeated Belzunce in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
Notre Dame's Katherine White beat freshman Mikele Irazusta at No. 6 singles to clinch the match for the Irish.
The Terps (1-2) open their Atlantic Coast Conference season on Friday, Feb. 3, when they host Boston College at 1 p.m. at Tennis Center at College Park.