WEST WINDSOR, N.J. The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team's five-year run as Northeast Conference Champions ended Sunday morning as the Bobcats fell to second-seeded Long Island, 4-1, in the NEC Championship Match at Mercer County Tennis Center. With the loss, the Bobcats end the season at 9-11, while the Blackbirds (10-7) advance the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats and Blackbirds met in the championship match for the sixth consecutive year.
Natalie Duckor (North Tustin, Calif.) took the Bobcats' only win on the day, defeating H'Ann Johnson, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 3 singles. Duckor fell behind, 3-0, in the first set, before rattling off six straight games to take the first set. She carried the momentum into the second set, winning comfortably.
The Blackbirds took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Selma Babic and Johnson beat Mary Wilson (Greensburg, Pa.) and Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) at No. 1, 8-1, before Ashley Harvey and Amy Hosotsuji defeated Duckor and Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany), 8-3, at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point. Kasey Rosenberger (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Nicole Adams (New Windsor, N.Y.) were trailing, 7-5, to Dara Lahens and Stephanie Elie when the match was halted.
With a 6-4, 6-1, win against Wilson at No. 1, Babic pushed the LIU advantage to 2-0. Duckor cut the deficit in half with her win against Johnson at No. 3. But Harvey and Hosotsuji won almost simultaneously, at No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, to clinch the match. Harvey beat Markison, 6-4, 6-1, while Elie defeated Adams, 6-1, 6-3.