Yes, it was a loss, as IPFW had feared.
Notre Dame defeated the Mastodons 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday on the Irish's home courts, just as it had surely thought.
But although the score was 4-0, IPFW still left South Bend feeling positive about itself, even though it didn't win a match.
Earlier in the day, IPFW had lost the doubles point, and then Notre Dame came back to win three singles matches to secure the win.
And yet IPFW head coach Eric Burns said there was a positive vibe when the day was done.
"We know we can compete with these guys," he said.
He laughed and admitted that IPFW is still a long way from coming here and winning, but at least it was a step in the right direction for the program that was making its NCAA tournament debut.
The best IPFW representation came at No. 1 singles, where Amy Recht held her own with Notre Dame's No. 1, Kristy Frilling. The match was still going on when the deciding point was one, and Recht was trailing 4-6, 3-4.
IPFW, which came to South Bend with a 21-match winning streak, finishes with a 24-6 record.