FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fresh off their sixth Northeast Conference Championship in the last eight years, the Quinnipiac women’s tennis team picked up where they left off, sweeping the Fairfield University Doubles Festival. The Bobcats were 15-0 on the day, winning all three flights in round robin pool play.
“It’s hard to find fault in a day that you go 15-0,” head coach Mike Quitko said. “But we still have some things to work on. It’s a long season, and we can’t get caught-up in our press clippings. I believe the whole team understands how we have to work together for the entire season to accomplish our goals.”
The doubles’ tandem of Julie Labarth (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) defeated the doubles’ teams from Sacred Heart (8-4), Rhode Island (8-3) and Hartford (8-1) to advance to Pool One’s semifinals. Labarth and Viebrock handled the duo from Connecticut, 8-1, before knocking off Rhode Island again, 8-4.
In the second pool, Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jackie Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) ran through the second flight, defeating Providence, 8-2, Fairfield, 8-2, and Sacred Heart, 8-6, to advance to the semifinals. In the semi’s, the Bobcats defeated UConn, 8-1, before downing Fairfield, 8-2, for the Flight Two final.
In the third flight, Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Arianna Launie (Milton, Mass.) defeated UConn in their first match, 8-5, and Sacred Heart, 8-0, in the third match. Due to the format of the tournament, head coach Mike Quitko was able to substitute in the third flight. Cantor teamed with Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) to defeated Providence, 8-3. In the semifinals, Cantor and Launie defeated host Fairfield, 8-3, before defeating Bryant, 8-2, for the Flight Three final.
Quinnipiac is back in action when it hosts the Quinnipiac Invitaitonal on Sept. 16-18 on the Mt. Carmel campus of Quinnipiac University. Play begins on Friday at 3 p.m.