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 #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
AS A JUNIOR: Played a major role in the Irish doubles lineup ... finished the season with a 30-10 overall doubles mark ... went 4-4 in singles play ... opened the tournament season ranked 39th with Cosmina Ciobanu ... went 5-2 during doubles tournament play, competing in four matches with Ciobanu (2-2), two with Shannon Mathews (2-0) and one with Katie Potts (1-0) ... played the entire dual season with Mathews, compiling a 25-8 record ... went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles in the BIG EAST tournament ... named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after going 5-0 at No. 3 doubles ... ended the season riding an 11-match win streak ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Ended the season with a record of 22-13 including going 16-10 in dual action ... played majority of the season at No. 4 singles going 12-8 ... went 3-2 at No. 3 singles ... compiled a 4-4 record against ranked opponents ... defeated Michigan's #68 Chisako Sugiyama (6-4, 6-3) ... fell to #13 Reka Zsillinszka of eighth- ranked Duke (2-6, 6-3, 1-6) ... was victorious in first round of the NCAA tournament, defeating Florida International's Priscilla Castillo (6-1, 6-2) at No. 4 singles ... fell to Bianca Eickhorn of Miami (Fla.) in the second round (6-2, 6-2) ... went 31-8 overall in doubles ... notched a 21-3 doubles record with partner Cosmina Ciobanu and set a school record for doubles winning percentage in a season (.875) ... played 12 matches at No. 2 doubles (10-1) and 11 matches at No. 3 doubles (10-1) ... advanced past the first round of the NCAA tournament defeating Egle Petrauskite and Maria Spenceley of Florida International, 8-4 ... lost in the second round to Miami (Fla.)'s team of Caren Seenauth and Bianca Eickhorn, 9-7.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the season with a 30-11 record, including a 10-8 mark in dual action ...was 3-6 at No. 2 singles and 16-2 at No. 3 singles ... second on the Irish with six match- clinching victories ... second amongst Notre Dame players that season in total victories (30) ... her six match-clinching victories rank tied for fourth in single-season history ... dominated the Midwest Region (went 16-3 in singles and 7-3 in doubles) ... knocked off fellow sophomore Cosmina Ciobanu in straight sets to capture the 2006 ITA Midwest Regional championship ... became the first Notre Dame singles player to capture the title since Michelle Dasso in 2000 ... fourth Irish player to ever capture the award (Melissa Harris:1991, Wendy Crabtree: 1993, Michelle Dasso: 1997, 2000) ... recorded the following winning streaks: 11, six, six and five ... opened the dual season ranked 31st in the ITA rankings ... registered a pair of victories over ranked opponents, including #38 Jessica Zok of Baylor (6-4, 6-4) and #55 Christian Tara of Wake Forest (7-6 , 6-4) ... opened the year 11-1, but dropped eight of her next 10 matches ... rebounded from her slow start to a spring season with 17 victories over last 19 matches ... after a 2-6 start at No. 2 singles moved down to No. 3 and proceeded to go 17-2 ... went 13-3 overall in doubles, including 4-1 in dual action ... went 1-0 at No. 2 doubles with Brook Buck ... went 3-0 (1-0 at No. 2 and 2-0 at No. 3) with Ciobanu ... went 0-1 at No. 3 with Katie Potts ... went 3-1 with Kali Krisik in open action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year letterwinner at Bishop Miege ... first Notre Dame signee ever to have been ranked #1 in the USTA girls' 18s ... combined with fellow sophomore Kali Krisik to take each of the last four Kansas state singles titles in class 5A, having prevailed in both 2004 and 2005 ... also won the Missouri state championship in 2003 ... did not lose a match over her final two seasons of high school ... captured conference championship and regional championship as a freshman, junior and senior ... named all-conference, all-city and all- state in those same three years ... awarded Most Valuable Player in 2004 and 2005 ... ranked fourth in the country in doubles ... won the singles title in the 2004 USTA Winter National Championships and took third in the 2005 National Clay Courts ... has a pair of singles titles in National Opens to her credit ... has two brothers, Sean and Hank, and one sister, Maureen ... daughter of Richard and Peggy Rielley ... grandfather, David, and father both graduated from Notre Dame ... born Feb. 9, 1988, in Kansas City, Mo. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.