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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team put together a fabulous display of tennis on Saturday afternoon, improving to 6-0 in MAAC play with a 5-2 win over Niagara University on Senior Day at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Quinnipiac's lone senior class member Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) was honored prior to the match.
The win also inches Quinnipiac closer to the .500 mark, as the Bobcats have climbed to 9-10 overall with their five-game winning streak. Niagara dropped its second conference match of the season, falling to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in league play. The Purple Eagles are still in prime position to join Quinnipiac in the field of four teams in the 2014 MAAC Championships.
The Bobcats seized control of the first point, winning all three matches to take the 1-0 lead. The win featured strong performances in all three flights, as Quinnipiac surrendered just three points combined at No. 1 and No. 3. Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) improved to 6-2 on the season with an 8-1 win at No. 1, while Chupa and Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) improved to 13-0 with an 8-2 win at No. 3. Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) secured the sweep with an 8-4 victory at No. 2. It was their 54th career win.
Triumphs at No. 1, 2, 5, and 6 singles pushed Quinnipiac's score to five – and granted the home team its fifth win in Hamden this season. Dzulynsky knocked off Sarah Hellstern, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1; Raynor topped Ashley Ta, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2; Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) defeated Jenna McCune, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6; and Chupa was credited with the win at No. 5 when Iva Celan was forced to retire. It was win No. 14 on the season for Dzulynsky, No. 15 for Raynor, No. 13 for Launie and No. 6 for Chupa.
#1 – Dzulynsky/Young (QU) def. Hellstern/Velasquez (NU): 8-1
#2 – Dassa/Raynor (QU) def. Celan/Ortiz (NU): 8-4
#3 – Chupa/Oliphant (QU) def. Ta/McCune (NU): 8-2
#1 – Dzulynsky (QU) def. Hellstern (NU): 6-1, 6-2
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Ta (NU): 6-4, 6-2
#3 – Velasquez (NU) def. Young (QU): 6-4, 6-0
#4 – Ortiz (NU) def. Oliphant (QU): 0-6, 6-4, 10-8
#5 – Chupa (QU) def. Celan (NU): 2-1, Ret.
#6 – Launie (QU) def. McCune (NU): 6-0, 6-0
Quinnipiac's lone senior, Mary Chupa, came to Quinnipiac two years ago from West Virginia University and made an immediate impact on the tennis program. After her first season, she was named team captain for the 2013-14 season – an honor given because of her leadership skills and her ability on the tennis courts. Between the two schools, Chupa has 88 career wins with nearly half of those coming at singles. Last year, she posted a career high of 27 wins – highlighted by her 11th singles win in the Northeast Conference Quarterfinals.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 15 when the team takes a trip to Manhattan College. First serve is set for 5 p.m. at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
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