Cantor and Hughes Earn NEC Rookie, Player of the Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's tennis senior John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) and women's tennis freshman Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) have been named the Northeast Conference Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office today announced. Hughes went 3-1 on the week, including a 2-0 mark at No. 2 singles, while Cantor went 4-2, with a win at No. 1 singles.

Hughes earned a double win against Boston University, defeating Alex Hallenbeck, 6-2, 6-4, after pairing with freshman Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) to beat Hallenbeck and James Bernstein, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Hughes also made quick work of Sacred Heart's Chris Ujkic, 6-2, 6-4. Hughes' lone loss of the week came with Weeden at No. 2 doubles against SHU's Ujkic and Cole Conrad, as the Bobcats' duo fell, 8-5. For the season, Hughes is now 21-14, including an 11-5 singles mark.

Cantor continued her impressive freshman campaign with a 4-2 mark this week, including a 2-1 record in both singles and doubles. Included in her singles record was a straight-sets victory over Rhode Island's Kirsten Leikem, 6-4, 6-3, in Cantor's first career appearance at No. 1. Cantor also defeated Sacred Heart's Darcy Demers, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2, before falling to UMass' Candynce Boney, 6-1, 6-4. In doubles, Cantor paired with fellow freshman Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) at No. 2 to defeat the duos of Leikem and Brooke Hoover of URI and Elizabeth Harrington and Kristina Chao of Sacred Heart, both by an 8-4 margin. Cantor and Viebrock took their only doubles loss of the week against Julia Comas and Tanisha Hodgson of UMass, also by an 8-4 score. For the season, Cantor is now 29-16, including a 10-4 singles mark in dual matches.

Both the Quinnipiac men's and women's tennis teams will pair up against sixth-seeded Saint Francis (Pa.) in the quarterfinal round of the NEC Tournament, to be played at the Mercer County (N.J.) Tennis Center on Friday. The women will face the Red Flash at 11:30 a.m., while the men's match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.