March 29, 2014

Women’s Tennis Improves to 3-0 in MAAC Play with 7-0 Sweep at Siena

LATHAM, N.Y. – Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) each collected their 10th win at singles this season, and the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team stayed perfect in MAAC competition with a 7-0 win over Siena College on Saturday night.

Quinnipiac (4-9) was flawless in the scoring summary and only dropped two sets in the entire match. The Bobcats also took sole possession of first place in the MAAC, serving as the only 3-0 team remaining. Siena dropped in the standings, now holding a 7-10 mark overall and a 3-1 record in league play. 

Quinnipiac's final match in the month of March started very similar to every other contest this year. The Bobcats own a .683 winning percentage at doubles, and Saturday night wasn't any different. Dzulynsky and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) defeated Ali Garrity and Mitsuki Fukamachi, 8-4, at No. 1; and then Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) finalized the same score against Cassandra Braz and Jessica Macaluso at No. 3. Raynor and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) completed the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2. Raynor and Dassa improved to 7-2; Chupa and Oliphant moved to 7-0; and Dzulynsky and Young improved to 2-1.

After that, Quinnipiac sealed the victory with a sweep at singles, with four of the matches going just two sets. Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) swept Cassandra Braz, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 for her eighth win of the season; Raynor dominated Holloway, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 for her 103rd career win; Oliphant cruised past Macaluso, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 for her 11th win of the season; and Dassa defeated Singh, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3 for her 84th career win.

Dzulynsky and Young both needed to overcome first set losses, and did so by finishing strong in the final two frames. Dzulynsky won the second set 6-3 and then seized the match with a 6-1 win in the third set for her 10th win of the season. Young outlasted Fukamachi 6-4 in the second set and collected the victory with a 10-6 win in the super-set. She improved to 8-10 on the season.

DOUBLES
#1 – Dzulynsky/Young (QU) def. Garrity/Fukamachi (SC): 8-4
#2 – Raynor/Dassa (QU) def. Holloway/Singh (SC): 8-6
#3 – Chupa/Oliphant (QU) def. Braz/Macaluso (SC): 8-4

SINGLES
#1 – Dzulynsky (QU) def. Garrity (SC): 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Holloway (SC): 6-2, 6-0
#3 – Dassa (QU) def. Singh (SC): 6-2, 6-4
#4 – Young (QU) def. Fukamachi (SC): 3-6, 6-4, 10-6
#5 – Oliphant (QU) def. Macaluso (SC): 6-1, 6-0
#6 – Launie (QU) def. Braz (SC): 6-0, 6-0

The Bobcats return to action this week with three challenging matches at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Quinnipiac welcomes UMass on Wednesday (4/2), Sacred Heart on Friday (4/4) and Saint Peter's (4/5) on Saturday.

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