Veteran tennis coach -- now in his 25th year directing the Notre Dame women's program -- has stressed family and team principles throughout his successful career.
The Notre Dame Women's tennis team beat Marquette 6-1 to close out the regular season at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on 4/18.
The 17th-ranked Notre Dame women's tennis team downed No. 31 Illinois, 5-2, on Saturday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
The #6 ranked Notre Dame women's tennis team fell to #17 North Carolina, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Eck Tennis Pavilion
The Notre Dame 6th-ranked Women's Tennis team takes on the 46th-ranked DePaul Blue Demons on January 30
#5 Notre Dame took down #13 North Carolina, 5-2, on February 27 at the Eck Tennis Pavillion.
AS A JUNIOR: Finished the season with a 24-8 singles record, including a 21-5 mark in dual action ... ended the season at No. 3 singles, but saw time at Nos. 4 and 5...went 5-4 at No. 3 singles, 7-0 at No. 4 and 8-1 at No. 5 ... notched a 27-10 overall doubles record, going 22-8 in the dual season ... opened the tournament season ranked 39th with Colleen Rielley ... finished the season ranked 48th with Kali Krisik, compiling a 18-7 in dual matches and a 21-7 overall record ... topped Duke's 66th-ranked Amanda Granson when the Irish defeated the third-ranked Blue Devils, 5-2 ... put together a 14-match win streak from Feb. 18 to March 26 ... teamed with Kali Krisik to knock off Clemson's 34th-ranked duo of Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic, 8-5, in the NCAA quarterfinals ... ended the season with an 8-2 victory over California's 35th-ranked Marina Cossou and Claire Ilcinkas ... recorded a 3-1 doubles mark in NCAA tournament play ... also went 1-2 in NCAA singles action ... earned all- BIG EAST honors after going 2-0 in doubles play during the league championship ... won the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award ... member of the Notre Dame Academic Honors Program ... named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished with a 27-15 record, going 16-11 in dual action ... played majority of the season at No. 3 singles, going 13-5 ... went 2-1 at No. 2 singles and 1-5 as No. 1 singles ... started the season 10-1 by winning 10 straight after dropping her first match ... defeated FIU's Marijana Cutuk in the first round of the NCAA tournament (6-4, 6-4) ... was on the verge of victory against Miami's Michaela Kissell but eventually dropped the match in the second round ... went 30-8 overall in doubles action, including a 21-3 mark with Colleen Rielley that set a school record for doubles winning percentage in a season (.875) ... the pair played 12 matches at No. 2 doubles, going 11-2 and played 11 matches at No. 3, compiling a 10-1 record ... went 1-0 against ranked doubles teams defeating 40th-ranked Iciri Rai and Liz Cruz of South Florida (8-5) ... defeated the team of Egle Petrauskite and Maria Spenceley, 8-4, to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Miami's Caren Seenauth and Bianca Eickhorn (9-7).
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the season with a 36-5 record, including a 26-1 mark in dual action ... was 1-0 at No. 1 singles, 5-0 at No. 4 singles and 20-1 at No. 5 singles ... led the Irish with seven match-clinching victories ... the 36 victories not only led the entire team, but also ranked tied for the fourth-most in single-season school history ... set a school record for dual match victories in a single season (26) ... her .878 (36-5) overall winning percentage ranked as the fourth highest in single-season school history ... established a new school record with a .963 (26- 1) dual match winning percentage ... became just the second women's player in Notre Dame history to register 30 or more wins in both singles and doubles in the same season (Michelle Dasso, 2001) ... her 69 total combined victories ranked as the second most in single-season school history ... set a single-season school record for combined dual match victories (49) ... dominated the Midwest Region (went 16-1 in singles and 15-1 in doubles) ... reached the finals of the ITA Midwest Regionals (lost to sophomore teammate Colleen Rielley in the final) ... opened the season with 10 victories over her first 11 matches ... suffered through a three-match losing streak, but promptly won her next 24 consecutive matches ... did not lose her first dual match until the BIG EAST final against South Florida ... went 4-4 against ranked opponents, including victories in her final three those matches ... knocked off #73 Sanaz Marand of North Carolina (6-4, 7-6 ) ... defeated #102 Austin Smith of North Carolina (6-4, 6-3) in the round of 16 victory over the Tar Heels ... dominated #62 Christy Striplin of Georgia Tech (6-0, 6-1) in the quarterfinals loss to the Yellow Jackets ... 34 of her 36 wins came in straight sets ... also beat #81 Jenny Kuehn of Michigan (6-3, 6-2) in the second round of the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... went 33-6 overall in doubles, including 23-5 in dual action ... second on the squad in overall doubles victories ... at No. 2 doubles, was 1-0 with Kali Krisik and 1-0 with Colleen Rielley ... was 16-5 with Krisik, 2-0 with Rielley and 3-0 with Katie Potts, all at No. 3 doubles ... totaled 10 clinching victories in doubles action (team-high) ... climbed as high as 31st in the ITA national singles rankings and closed the season ranked 66th.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Four- year letterwinner at Troy ... attended same high school as former men's tennis player Patrick Buchanan ... captured four Freeway Conference championships ... helped Troy to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championship in 2004 and 2005 ... reached the CIF State singles semifinal as a senior ... served as the team captain in 2005 ... named MVP as a freshman and sophomore (2002 and 2003) ...earned National High School All-American in 2004 ... captured the Southern California Sectional singles championship in 2005 and reached the singles final of a USTA National Open in 2006 ... ranked as high as 15th nationally in singles in 2005 ... entered college as the 18th ranked junior player in the country ... reached the finals of the singles draw at the 61st Annual Fullerton Tournament and California Bowl ...named 2005 Southern California Player of the Year ... reached the finals of the doubles draw at the 2004 Winter Super Nationals ... latest in a long line of southern California products to play tennis for the Irish, a list that includes 1982 All-American Laura Lee (Agoura, Agoura High School) ... is the 12th California native ever to play for the Irish women's tennis team ... National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America were among her extra-curricular activities ... comes from athletic family, in which her mother (Camelia) was a professional tennis player ... daughter of Calin and Camelia Ciobanu ... born July 13, 1988, in Brason, Romania ... graduated from the College of Science as a pre-professional studies and anthropology double major.