April 22, 2012

#2 Women's Tennis Falls To #1 Fairleigh Dickinson In NEC Championship, 4-2

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The #2 seeded Quinnipiac University women's tennis team's quest for its seventh Northeast Conference Championship came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats were defeated by #1 Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-2, in the NEC Finals at the Mercer County Outdoor Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J. With the loss, the Bobcats conclude the 2011-12 campaign with an overall record of 10-12.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The #2 seeded Quinnipiac University women's tennis team's quest for its seventh Northeast Conference Championship came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats were defeated by #1 Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-2, in the NEC Finals at the Mercer County Outdoor Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J. With the loss, the Bobcats conclude the 2011-12 campaign with an overall record of 10-12.

Head Coach Mike Quitko, now with 21 seasons under his belt, was very happy with the team's effort. "I am extremely proud of how our girls competed this afternoon," said Quitko. "FDU is a tremendous team and has several talented seniors leading the way. I couldn't be happier with how our athletes, especially our underclassmen, developed this year and I'm excited for what's in store for the future."

In last year's championship, the Knights missed out on a trip to the NCAA Tournament at the expense of the Bobcats, when QU topped FDU, 4-3. Fairleigh Dickinson avenged the defeat with a strong showing this time around, earning its first title since the 1988 campaign.

The Knights captured the doubles' point fairly convincingly, taking the #2 and #3 flights. Freshmen duo Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) fell to Julia Prantl and Egzona Morina, 8-2, at #2, while Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) were defeated by Elmine Botes and Manuela Leme, 8-1 at #3. FDU's Anna Rapoport and Irina Dementyeva were also leading Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.), 6-3, at #1.

Singles competition revealed a completely different story, as four out of the six matches needed three sets to determine a winner. Viebrock collected the first point for the Bobcats as she defeated Prantl, 6-1, 6-1, at #3 for career-win No. 102. Cristescu cashed in with Quinnipiac's second point, when she outlasted Leme, 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 at #6. Unfortunately for QU, the upset bid came to an end when FDU clinched the victory with a three-set triumph at #4. The fourth and final point solidified Fairleigh Dickinson's third NEC title.

The Bobcats have now reached the finals in six of the last seven seasons, a stretch that includes four championships. Quitko also picked up career-win No. 485 with their win in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

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Doubles
No. 1 – (FDU) Rapoport/Dementyeva Leading (QU) Cantor/Viebrock: 6-3
No. 2 – (FDU) Prantl/Morina Def. (QU) Raynor/Dassa: 8-2
No. 3 – (FDU) Botes/Leme Def. (QU) Cristescu/Launie: 8-1

Singles
No. 1 – (FDU) Rapoport Def. (QU) Cantor: 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 – (QU) Raynor Leading (FDU) Botes: 7-5, 4-6, 3-0
No. 3 – (QU) Viebrock Def. (FDU) Prantl: 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – (FDU) Dementyeva Def. (QU) Dassa: 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 – (FDU) Morina Def. (QU) Launie: 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 – (QU) Cristescu Def. (FDU) Leme: 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu