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Ciobanu, Potts win pair of singles titles

Joe Meixell | Monday, October 1, 2007

Notre Dame ended its two-week break with wins in each of the bracket divisions in the Wolverine Invitational at Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend.

The Irish faced players from Michigan, Marquette, Western Michigan and Purdue.

Notre Dame started the Maize singles draw with three seeded players – No. 1 sophomore Cosmina Ciobanu, No. 3 sophomore Colleen Rielley and No. 4 junior Kelcy Tefft. Also competing in the Maize bracket was freshman Kristen Rafael.

All four won in the first round, and Tefft and Ciobanu advanced into the third round, where they faced each other. Ciobanu came away with the victory and advanced to face Rielley in the final.

Ciobanu was victorious, winning the final match on love. Ciobanu has had an impressive first season, compiling a 36-5 record in NCAA play.

Notre Dame entered the Blue singles draw with two seeded players – No. 1 sophomore Kali Krisik and No. 2 junior Katie Potts. Freshman Denise Ellison also competed in the Blue division. Although Ellison lost her first-round match against Michigan’s fourth-seeded Kari Wig, she fared well in the consolation bracket, winning two games.

Krisik captured third in the division, while Potts overpowered Wig in two sets, 6-4 and 6-0.

The Irish also had two seeded players in the doubles draw. Partnering up were No. 1 Krisik and Tefft and No. 3 Rafael and Rielley.

Krisik and Tefft won the doubles tournament against the second-seeded Michigan duo Tahnia Mahtani and Whitney Taney.

Also featured were Ciobanu with Potts, and Ellison with senior Bailey Louderback.

Although both unseeded teams lost in the first round, Ciobanu and Potts won the consolation bracket after three more games and ended with an 8-2 final set.

Rafael and Rielley lost 8-3 in the second round to Michigan’s Mathani and Tatsuno.

The team will look to continue its success at the ITA All-American Championships, held in Pacific Palisades, Cailf., from October 4-7.