Tennis Teams Open NCAA Regional Action

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two BIG EAST tennis teams competed in the first round of the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships on Friday.  The Notre Dame women took down Hawaii 4-0 at Northwestern University and will advance to the second round where it will face Northwestern at 1 p.m. on May 12.  The Louisville men fell 4-2 to Indiana at the University of Kentucky. 
 
Notre Dame won the doubles point and the first three singles matches to earn a 4-0 victory over Hawaii, thanks largely in part to the two seniors, Shannon Mathews and Kristy Frilling.  The duo, which forms the eighth-ranked doubles team in the nation, took down Hawaii's Barbara Pinterova and Jamie Pawid 8-5.  In singles action, Mathews, ranked No. 34 in the nation, beat Pinterova 6-4, 6-2 at the top seed and No. 122 Frilling downed Katarina Poljakova 6-2, 6-3 in the two spot. 
 
The Irish will face No. 13 Northwestern in the second round May 12 at 1 p.m.  The Irish lost to the Wildcats in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Championship. 
 
In men's tennis, the Louisville Cardinals fell 4-2 to Indiana.  Senior Robert Hall and freshman Albert Wagner each picked up singles victories in the defeat. 
 
The Notre Dame men, the BIG EAST's third tennis team selected to the NCAA Championship, will play Vanderbilt at Ohio State University on Saturday at 10 a.m.