April 11, 2011

Women's Tennis Earns Top Seed In NEC Tournament; Men Third

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team has earned the top seed in this weekend's Northeast Conference Tournament, the league office today announced. The Bobcats' men's tennis team was also slated third in the tournament, to be played this coming Friday through Sunday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. The women's team will try for its sixth NEC title under Head Coach Michael Quitko, while the men's team looks to defend its title, having won four championships under Quitko.

The women's team will open its quest for the title against the winner of an opening-round match between eighth-seeded Saint Francis (Pa.) and ninth-seeded Wagner. The match will begin no sooner than 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Bobcats' men open defense of their 2010 NEC Championship against sixth-seeded Mount St. Mary's no sooner than 2 p.m. on Friday.

The Bobcats' women's team finished an undefeated 4-0 in league play this season, including wins against the teams seeded behind them in second, third and fourth in this year's tournament. The Bobcats defeated the defending champion and third-seeded Long Island Blackbirds, 6-1, on March 15, before edging second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-3, on April 2. Quinnipiac also defeated fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, 7-0, on April 7. Rounding out the 4-0 record, Quinnipiac defeated Bryant, 4-3. The Bulldogs do not yet qualify for postseason play while transitioning to Division I.

"It's nice to be recognized by the conference and the league's coaches, but we still have work to do," said Quitko.

The Quinnipiac men's team will look to defend its NEC title from the same third position as last season. As the No. 3 seed a year ago, Quitko's team avenged regular-season losses to No. 1 Sacred Heart and No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats may well have to do the same this season, as they fell to the top-seeded Pioneers (5-2) and second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson (4-3) this season.

"We are where we should be with the men," said Quitko of his team's seeding. "Let's hope that we can put together a run like we did last year from the third seed."