WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) picked up career win #100 on Friday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team competed in the opening day of the Army Invitational at Malek Courts in West Point, N.Y. Entering the tournament just three wins shy of the milestone, Cantor boasted back-to-back triumphs in doubles, before solidifying the feat with a win in Flight "A" singles.
The eight-team invitational commenced with doubles competition at noon on a perfect day in New York. In Flight "A" doubles, both of Quinnipiac's pairings advanced to the semifinals, as Cantor and senior Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) and the sophomore duo of Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) cruised through their first two matches.
After a first-round bye, Cantor and Viebrock defeated Stony Brook's Becky Shtikind and Nini Lagvilava, 8-5, and then topped Army's Erin Colton and Eva Sung, 8-1, in the quarterfinals. The Bobcat duo will face UMass's Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz this weekend.
Also earning a first-round bye, Raynor and Dassa knocked off Stony Brook's Jackie Altan Sarnai and Polina Movchan, 8-2, in the round of 16, followed by an 8-5 triumph over UConn's Jen Learmonth and Maxie Weinberg in the quarterfinals. Raynor and Dassa will take on Fordham's Sarah Ali and Bella Genkina this weekend.
In Flight "B" action, last week's QU Invite Flight "B" Doubles Champions, Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) extended their unbeaten streak with another win. Chupa and Launie defeated Army's Morgen Kiser and Kari Pope, 8-0, to advance to the semifinals. They will be back in action this weekend against a pairing from UMass.
The individual tournament featured two more wins for Quinnipiac, including Cantor's 100th career win in Flight "A" singles. She defeated Army's Erin Colton, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 10-2, in dramatic, comeback fashion to become the 16th player in QU history to achieve the milestone. Cantor will look for #101 tomorrow morning when she takes on conference rival Anna Rapoport of Fairleigh Dickinson.
In addition to Cantor's triumph, Viebrock and junior Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) also endured success in the opening round of singles competition. In Flight "B" singles, Viebrock topped Stony Brook's Lisa Setyon, 6-4, 6-4, while Cristescu defeated Army's Morgen Kiser, 6-1, 6-2, in Flight "D" singles. Both will take the court tomorrow morning in the quarterfinals.
The 2012 Army Invitational continues tomorrow morning at the Malek Courts in West Point, N.Y. First serve is set for 9 a.m.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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