HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team went toe-to-toe with Providence College on Tuesday evening in a match that featured two third-set tie-breaks to determine the winner. After five hours of competitive, back-and-forth tennis, the Friars prevailed with a 4-3 victory at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts on Mount Carmel Campus.
Quinnipiac garnered a 1-0 edge when the Bobcats captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) defeated Maria Clara Bernardez and Marisela Aviles-Duron, 9-7, at No. 1; and Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) solidified the point with an 8-5 victory at No. 2.
Providence avenged the doubles loss with two quick points in singles. The Friars took No. 5 and No. 6 singles in straight sets, but Quinnipiac's top two flights came through. Raynor defeated Bernardez at No. 2 and Cantor outlasted Aviles-Duron, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, at No. 1, putting the home team back on top, 3-2. However, those would be the last points for Quinnipiac, as Alana Prinos and Taylor Corder prevailed in third-set tie-breakers at No. 3 and No. 4.
#1 – Cantor/Viebrock (QU) def. Aviles-Duron/Bernardez (PC): 9-7
#2 – Chupa/Raynor (QU) def. Prinos/Corder (PC): 8-5
#3 – Ramirez/Zangari (PC) def. Launie/Suvar (QU): 5-1 (Ret)
#1 – Cantor (QU) def. Aviles-Duron (PC): 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Bernardez (PC): 6-3, 6-2
#3 – Prinos (PC) def. Viebrock (QU): 6-7 (1), 6-2, 7-6
#4 – Corder (PC) def. Suvar (QU): 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
#5 – Zangari (PC) def. Loewenstein (QU): 6-0, 6-4
#6 – Ramirez (PC) def. Keklik (QU): 6-1, 6-0
With the win, Providence improved to 11-5 on the season, while snapping a three-match losing streak to the Bobcats. Quinnipiac fell to 8-8 on the year.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, April 13 with a Northeast Conference men's and women's tennis doubleheader against Saint Francis University. The teams will square off for a 9 a.m. tilt at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.