Chupa and Oliphant Win Flight B Doubles; Three Bobcats Advance to Semifinals in Singles

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats women's tennis team dominated competition on day two of the 17th annual Quinnipiac University Invitational on Saturday, winning the Flight B Doubles title, and then advancing three players to the semifinals of their respective flights in singles. Senior captain Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) picked up the doubles win for the Bobcats with their second tournament victory of the young season.

Chupa and Oliphant got the party started early for Quinnipiac, as the duo prevailed in their first match of the day, the Flight B Championship. Chupa and Oliphant improved to 7-0 when playing together with an 8-2 decision over Providence's team of Taylor Corder and Amanda Pitocco. Chupa picked up her second Quinnipiac Invite doubles title after winning Flight C last year with Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.).

Chupa and Oliphant carried their stellar play over into the singles portion of the competition, each advancing to the semifinals of Flight C. Also joining them with a trip to the semis was Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.), who made her way through two matches in the top flight.  

Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) defeated Army's Maya Parker, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round; and then advanced to the semifinals with a straight-set victory over Sacred Heart's Taylor Gurda in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2. She will meet UConn's Jennifer Learmonth tomorrow morning for a chance to win her third QU Invite title.

Oliphant made her way into the semifinals of Flight C after defeating two opponents on the top half of the bracket. Oliphant picked up her first career wins at singles with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Hartford's Colleen Beck in the first round; followed by a second victory over Providence's Taylor Corder, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Oliphant will face Natalie Robson in the other Flight C Semifinal match-up tomorrow morning.

Dzulynsky participated in arguably the most exciting match of the day, which granted her a spot in the semifinals of Flight A. She picked up her first career singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Hartford's Hannah Goldman in the first round; and then lived to see another day after a vigorous, three-set thriller against Providence's Maria Clara Bernardez. Dzulynsky claimed the final two points in the tie-breaker and prevailed by a final count of 3-6, 6-3, 15-13. She will meet Sacred Heart's Katie DeRienzo tomorrow morning.

Four others - Sydney Young (Austin, Texas), Rachel Horton (Stamford, Conn.), Ariana Launie and Danielle Reyes (Burr Ridge, Ill.) – each picked up wins in the opening round, but fell short in the quarterfinals. Young defeated Seton Hall's Rocio Portela Berrios in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6; Horton defeated UConn's Lucy Nutting in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3; Launie defeated Seton Hall's Madison Shoemaker, 6-3, 7-6 (5); and Reyes defeated Sacred Heart's Maggie Tooley, 6-4, 6-1. 

Wrapping up competition on day two was Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Nicole Keklik (Stratford, Conn.), who each added wins to their résumés. Raynor picked up three wins in the Consolation A bracket, while Keklik outlasted Jenna McCune, 9-8 (2) and Navy's Vivian Chau, 8-5, in the Consolation D bracket.

The 2013 Quinnipiac University Invitational concludes tomorrow morning at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts on Mount Carmel Campus. First serve is set for 9 a.m.

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