Women's Tennis



Jay Louderback: The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

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.


2011 Women's Tennis BIG EAST Championship

The Irish defeated USF 4-2 to claim fourth consecutive title.


4/23 Women's Tennis v. DePaul

Women's Tennis defeated DePaul 6 to 1 on Saturday, April 23rd.


Women's Tennis v. Long Beach State

Women's Tennis dominated in their game against Long Beach State on April 1st, 2011.


3/5 Women's Tennis v. Baylor

Women's Tennis fell to Baylor 4-2 on March 5th.


2/12 Women's Tennis v. Vanderbilt

Notre Dame Women's Tennis fell to Vanderbilt 4 to 3 on Saturday, February 12th.

AS A SENIOR: Enjoyed most productive singles dual season as a member of the Irish, finishing with a record of 12-9 in split time between courts two, three and four ... overall, finished her final campaign with a 21-10 mark, aided by a 9-1 fall tour season ... earned fourth monogram ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time of her career the week of April 27 ... climbed as high as 79th in the ITA rankings ... finished the year with a 5-9 mark in split time between No. 2 and 3, while posting a perfect 7-0 ledger in her time at No. 4 ... also ended with a 20-13 doubles record, including 13-11 on the dual campaign ... spent majority of season at No. 2 doubles, finishing with a record of 11-6 ... played eight nationally-ranked opponents, notching a pair of victories in those contests ... first of the two victories came against #54 Erin Vierra of Virginia at the Blue/Gray Classic ... knocked her off in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, helping the Irish to a 4-0 victory and the tournament title ... later took down #50 Brittany Wowchuk of Northwestern (6-3, 6-3) after making the move to No. 4 singles ... named a member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Stars for fourth consecutive season.

AS A JUNIOR: Finished the season with a 14-13 singles record, which included an 11-8 record in dual action... ended the season at the No. 6 position, but saw time at No. 5... had a 6-3 record at No. 5 singles and a 5-5 record at No. 6 singles... concluded the regular season winning seven of her last nine singles matches... notched a 12-9 doubles record with three different partners ... started and ended the season playing with Chrissie McGaffigan, and recorded a 10-5 record with her... the duo also started the year ranked 33rd nationally in the preseason poll ... in the middle of the year, went 2-1 with Kali Krisik and 0-2 with Kristy Frilling ... posted a total of six match-clinching points ... knocked off Lynn Blau of Georgia Tech, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, to secure the 4-3 victory over the then-14th ranked Yellow Jackets ... wrapped up the match for the Irish a week later against Indiana, defeating Charlotte Martin in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) ... clinched the doubles point - along with teammate Chrissie McGaffigan - against California in the NCAA Round of 16 ... named a member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Stars for the third straight year.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the season with a 25-13 overall singles record and a 4-1 doubles marks ... consistent force in the Irish lineup ... went 6-5 at No. 3 singles, 5-2 at No. 4, 2-2 at No. 5 and 4-2 at No. 6 ... topped Michigan's 39th-ranked Chisako Sugiyama, 6-1, 6-1, at the Midwest Regional ... finished the tournament season with an 8-2 record ... opened the dual season ranked 62nd ... won five straight to start the dual-match schedule ... put together a six- match win streak from Feb. 18 to March 5 ... recorded a 17-11 mark during dual competition ... clinched the win for the Irish on seven occasions ... went 1-1 at the BIG EAST tournament and 3-1 in the NCAA Championship ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star.

AS A FRESHMAN: Saw limited action in singles matches, finishing the season at 8-5 while going 3-2 in dual matches ... began the season by winning her first four matches before falling to #68 Chisako Sugiyama of Michigan (5-7, 2-6) ... only other loss against a ranked opponent was to 19th-ranked Maya Johansson of Georgia Tech (3-6, 4-6) ... went 19-12 overall in doubles play, going 6-3 with Cosmina Ciobanu, 3-2 with Colleen Rielley and 9-6 with Kali Krisik ... went 0-1 against ranked opponents as she and Krisik lost at No. 2 doubles to 50th-ranked Jana Bielikova and Karolina Fillipiak of Baylor (4-8) ... played at No. 3 doubles with Krisik in the NCAA tournament ... first round match was halted, but picked up her first NCAA victory in the second round, defeating Miami (Fla.)'s Michaela Kissell and Jenna Osborne (8-1).

HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA: Four- year letterwinner at Nolan Catholic High School ... named MVP each of her four scholastic seasons ... captured district championships all four years ... won state titles as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... dropped just one match her entire high school career ... helped Nolan Catholic to state titles as a freshman and sophomore ... earned All-American honors as a senior ... awarded 2007 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... member of National Honor Society ... three-year member of choir and performed at Carnegie Hall ... graduated summa cum laude from high school (top 10-percent of class) ... ranked as high as fifth in the 2007 recruiting class by tennisrecruiting.net ... captured three major junior championships, including the Texas Summer Grand Slam and the MCB Cotton Bowl Super Championship ... awarded the 2006 Sportsmanship Award at the Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic, 2004 Maureen Connelly Brinker Sportsmanship Award, G14 National Open Sportsmanship Award, G12 Zonals Sportsmanship Award ... singles and doubles semifinalist at the 2006 ITF GB1 Jerry Simmons Pan American (G18) ... doubles champion at the 2007 ITF Tennis Express (G18) ... singles and doubles champion at the Texas Summer Grand Slam (G18) ... went undefeated at the USTA Junior Fed Cup Championships (G18) ... doubles semifinalist at the 2006 USTA National Hard Court Championships (G18) ... singles and doubles National Open champion (G16) ... awarded Player of the Year by the Dallas Tennis Association (2001, G12; 2002 and 2003, G14; 2004, G16; 2005 and 2006, G18) ... Dallas Morning News and Star Telegram Player of the Year as a senior ... third Texas native, and first since 2002, to play for the Irish women's tennis team ... born August 19, 1989, in Nederland, Texas ... daughter of Alex and Elieen Rafael ... has a brother, Paul ... currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a theology major.

Kristen Rafael
Kristen  Rafael

Grand Prairie, TX

High School:
Nolan Catholic



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