March 14, 2013

Women's Tennis Sweeps Savannah St., 7-0; Carly Loewenstein and Sarah Viebrock Each Land Milestone Victories

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team picked up a 7-0 sweep of host Savannah St. on Thursday afternoon from the Florida-Star Island. The Bobcat squad reached a pair of milestones against the Tigers as graduate student Carly Loewenstein (Armonk, N.Y.) scored her 10th career win in her first match of the season at the No. 5 singles slot while senior Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) picked up two victories to become just the 13th player in program history to reach 125 career victories on Thursday. With the win, the Bobcats jump back over the .500 mark at 5-4 on the season while Savannah St. falls to 2-11.

In a thrilling display of tennis from the Bobcats all afternoon, Viebrock and junior Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) each picked up a pair of victories in both doubles and singles action while Loewenstein impressed in her first career start for Quinnipiac.

The day began with a dominating run in doubles action as Viebrock and senior Rachel Canton (Short Hill, N.J.) scored an 8-2 victory at No. 1 over the Tigers' Sandra Kristjansdottir and Nicole Ashiedu for their 40th win together. Chupa and sophomore Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) then secured the point for the Bobcats with another 8-2 victory over Esmira Gheisary and Andrea Pavlovic at No. 2. Senior Morgan Crystal (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Morgan Massey (Branford, Conn.) ended up the winner at No. 3 due to default from the Tigers.

Singles play again was controlled throughout by the six Bobcats in action as they all took down their matchups in straight sets. Loewenstein highlighted the afternoon with her 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5 over Davita Washington. The graduate student out of Armonk, N.Y. is in her first season with the team since joining the roster back in the fall of 2012. She combined with senior Erin Suvar (North Massapequa, N.Y.) for an exhibition doubles win in her first career appearance on Monday over Navy and now can add a singles victory to her name.

Also picking up wins for Quinnipiac was sophomore Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.), who got the start for the Bobcats in the No. 1 position and took down Kristjansdottir, 6-2, 6-2, for her 54th career win. Viebrock took down Gheisary out of her No. 2 position uncontested, 6-0, 6-0, for the 125th victory of her stellar career. Chupa won her second match of the afternoon at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Pavlovic. Suvar was locked in a battle with Ashiedu at No. 4 as she won a tightly-contested first set, 6-4, before closing out the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (3), to close out the victory. Freshman Nicole Keklik (Stratford, Conn.) closed out the action with a win after her opponent retired in the first set at No. 6.

Doubles:
#1: Cantor/Viebrock (QU) def. Kristjansdottir/Ashiedu (Savannah St.): 8-2
#2: Chupa/Launie (QU) def. Gheisary/Pavlovic (Savannah St.): 8-2
#3: Crystal/Massey (QU) def. Washington/Williams (Savannah St.): default

Singles:
#1: Raynor (QU) def. Krisjansdottir (Savannah St.): 6-2, 6-2
#2: Viebrock (QU) def. Gheisary (Savannah St.): 6-0, 6-0
#3: Chupa (QU) def. Pavlovic (Savannah St.): 6-3, 6-3
#4: Suvar (QU) def. Ashiedu (Savannah St.): 6-4, 7-6 (3)
#5: Loewenstein (QU) def. Washington (Savannah St.): 6-3, 6-2
#6: Keklik (QU) def. Williams (Savannah St.): 1-0, retired

Quinnipiac returns to the hard court later Thursday evening for a showdown against Fordham at 7:00 p.m. from Florida-Star Island.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu