HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team held serve on its home court on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats defeated Saint Peter's University in convincing fashion with a 7-0 sweep at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) reached a cooperative milestone, as the tandem collected its 50th career win when paired together at doubles.
Quinnipiac (5-10) improved to 4-0 in MAAC competition, serving as the second conference team to do so. Niagara University is also 4-0 in league play, but has a chance to move to 5-0 with a win against Fairfield this evening. Quinnipiac and Niagara meet next weekend in Hamden.
For the third straight match and the 10th time this season, the Bobcats jumped out to an early lead with the doubles point. Quinnipiac had a little help in that Saint Peter's needed to forfeit No. 3 doubles, but the Bobcats won the other two matches anyway to complete the sweep. Dassa and Raynor won at No. 2 with an 8-0 decision – improving to 50-17 when partnered together. Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) picked up the other win with an 8-5 triumph over Adina Ungurean-Halagian and Lucia Radovic at No. 1.
After a break in action, Young scored Quinnipiac's second point of the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. She defeated Elena Melian Puigventos and improved to 9-11 this year. That match was closely followed by the No. 2 flight, where Raynor handed Ivana Grbelja a 6-2, 6-0 defeat for the third point of the match. Raynor jumped back over the .500 mark in singles play by improving to 11-10 on the season.
The match-clincher came at No. 1 singles, where Dzulynsky topped Halagian, 6-3, 6-2 to give the Bobcats a 4-0 lead. After that, Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) and Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) kept Quinnipiac perfect with wins at No. 4 and No. 5. Oliphant picked up her team-leading 12th win at singles, while Chupa notched her 82nd career win. Saint Peter's had to forfeit the No. 6 slot, crediting Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) with the victory.
#1 – Dzulynsky/Young (QU) def. Halagian/Radovic (SPU): 8-5
#2 – Raynor/Dassa (QU) def. Melian/Grbelja (SPU): 8-0
#3 – Chupa/Oliphant (QU) wins by default
#1 – Dzulynsky (QU) def. Halagian (SPU): 6-3, 6-2
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Grbelja (SPU): 6-2, 6-0
#3 – Young (QU) def. Melian (SPU): 6-0, 6-0
#4 – Oliphant (QU) def. Radovic (SPU): 6-0, 6-1
#5 – Chupa (QU) def. Vogel (SPU): 6-1, 6-0
#6 – Launie (QU) wins by default
Quinnipiac is back in action tomorrow, Sunday, April 6 with the third match of its current six-game home stand. The Bobcats take on former NEC foe Sacred Heart at 3 p.m. with all the action live from the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
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