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ND Women’s Tennis: Notre Dame excited to host double meets

Katie Heit | Friday, April 1, 2011


The No. 19 Irish are eager to add two more wins to their record this weekend as they take on No. 44 Long Beach State and No. 32 Texas A&M at home. 
The Irish (9-8) will enter these games after suffering a tough 5-2 loss to Georgia Tech March 24.  
“We have really been focusing on our consistency from the baseline which will definitely help us in all of our future matches,” freshman Julie Sabacinski said. 
Sabacinski has attempted to improve her own consistency in singles play and in doubles play with partner and fellow freshman Jennifer Kellner. 
The Irish are eager to showcase their three ranked players, including No. 3 junior Kristy Frilling, No. 63 junior Shannon Matthews and No. 105 freshman Jennifer Kellner. Additionally the Irish are home to the No. 22 doubles team composed of Matthews and Frilling. Frilling enters this weekend with a 13-1 record.
None of the current members of the Notre Dame team have faced Long Beach State in their college careers. The last matchup between the teams went to the Irish with a score of 5-2. Long Beach State is coming off a loss against Pepperdine, bringing their season record to 12-4. 
The last time the Irish faced Texas A&M (9-4) was during the 2010 season, when Notre Dame won 4-3. The Aggies will come to South Bend after a comfortable win March 27 against Kansas. The Aggies and the Irish have met eight previous times. Notre Dame leads the series 7-1.
“We want to be as intense and competitive as possible this weekend,” Sabacinski said. 
In these two matches, Notre Dame will face the Big West Player of the week Klaudia Malenovska from Long Beach State and No. 34 Nazari Urbina from Texas A&M. 
Notre Dame will face off against Long Beach State today at 4 p.m. and Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the Eck Tennis Pavilion and will be broadcasted live online.