#2 Women's Tennis Opens 2012 Northeast Conference Championships On Friday

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team was recently awarded the #2 seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Championships, which is set to begin on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J. Fresh off their sixth NEC title last season, the Bobcats open the 2012 playoff against the winner of the #7 Saint Francis (Pa.) and #10 St. Francis (N.Y.) match-up, which will take place on Friday at 9 a.m.

Fairleigh Dickinson, who earned the #1 overall seed, will be shooting for its third NEC title and first since the 1988 campaign. The Knights were the 2011 NEC runner-up; dropping a tightly-contested 4-3 decision to defending champion Quinnipiac in last year's final. Helmed by Miller, FDU enters the postseason with a 13-7 record and 3-2 slate against league rivals.

Quinnipiac enters the tournament with an 8-11 record and a 3-2 mark in conference competition. The Bobcats have been troubled by an extremely difficult non-conference schedule, but have won three out of their last five matches. The dynamic junior duo of Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) has been the driving force of the team's success this season. They have combined for a 13-3 record at No. 1 doubles and 23 wins in singles as well. Also faring well for the Bobcats are freshman Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.), a rookie tandem that has combined for a 22-8 record in doubles play.

Matches begin on Friday at 9:00 am. Admission is free to the event.

For all of the latest news, scores and highlights pertaining to the women's tennis program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

2012 NEC Women's Seeds
1. Fairleigh Dickinson
2. Quinnipiac
3. Sacred Heart
4. LIU Brooklyn
5. Mount St. Mary's
6. Robert Morris
7. Saint Francis (PA)
8. Monmouth
9. Wagner
10. St. Francis (NY)

2012 Northeast Conference Tennis Championships Schedule
Mercer County Tennis Center - West Windsor, NJ

Friday, April 20 - 9:00 am start
Women's Outbracket matches
#8 Monmouth vs. #9 Wagner
#7 Saint Francis (PA) vs. #10 St. Francis (NY)

Women's Quarterfinals
#1 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #8 Monmouth/#9 Wagner
#2 Quinnipiac vs. #7 Saint Francis (PA)/#10 St. Francis (NY)
#3 Sacred Heart vs. #6 Robert Morris
#4 LIU Brooklyn vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's

Women's Consolation (9th Place)

Saturday, April 21 - 9:00 am start
Women's Semifinal Matches
Women's Consolation Matches (5th, 7th place)

Sunday, April 22
Men's Championship Match (10:00 am start)
Women's Championship Match (to follow men)

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu