HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team etched its name in the MAAC record books on Thursday afternoon, as the Bobcats clinched at least a share of the 2014 MAAC Regular-Season Title with a 7-0 win over Monmouth University at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The Bobcats improved to 7-0 in conference play which ensures them at least a share of the regular-season title. Quinnipiac can win the league outright with a Fairfield loss to Saint Peter's on Saturday, or a win on Tuesday at Manhattan. Quinnipiac has already claimed the top seed in the MAAC Tournament because they own the head-to-head tie-breaker with Fairfield.
On Thursday, Quinnipiac made its way back to the .500 mark on the season, improving to 10-10 with their sixth straight win. The Bobcats dominated the match, sweeping all three doubles matches and all six points in singles. In the doubles segment, Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) gave Quinnipiac its first tally with an 8-0 sweep at No. 2. It was the 55th career win for the junior tandem, while it also extended their winning streak to 11 straight dating back to March 19.
After that, Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) defeated Brooke Verdiglione and Farrah Smoke, 8-2, at No. 1; and Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) topped Sarah Turner and Kendal Kauffman, 8-3, at No. 3. It was the fifth straight win for Dzulynsky and Young, while Chupa and Oliphant ran their unbeaten streak to nine straight matches.
Quinnipiac's display in singles was just as impressive as doubles, winning all six matches in straight sets. Dzulynsky won for the sixth time in her last seven tries at No. 1; Raynor won for the sixth straight time at No. 2; Young picked up her 13th win of the season at No. 3; Oliphant collected win No. 16 on the season at No. 4; Chupa notched her 88th career win at No. 5; and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) stretched her winning streak to 10 straight with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6.
#1 – Dzulynsky/Young (QU) def. Verdiglione/Smoke (MU): 8-2
#2 – Dassa/Raynor (QU) def. Sandler/Gabriel (MU): 8-0
#3 – Chupa/Oliphant (QU) def. Kauffman/Turner (MU): 8-3
#1 – Dzulynsky (QU) def. Vediglione (MU): 6-1, 6-1
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Sandler (MU): 6-0, 6-1
#3 – Young (QU) def. Smoke (MU): 6-0, 6-0
#4 – Oliphant (QU) def. Kauffman (MU): 6-0, 6-1
#5 – Chupa (QU) def. Gabriel (MU): 6-0, 6-4
#6 – Launie (QU) def. Belen (MU): 6-1, 6-0
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 22 with its final regular-season match of the 2013-14 campaign. The Bobcats travel to Manhattan College for a clash with the Jaspers (5:30 p.m.) at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. After that, the Bobcats gear up for the 2014 MAAC Championships on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The tournament will take place at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J.
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