Women's Tennis Sweeps First NEC Weekly Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University's Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) and Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) have been named Northeast Conference Women's Tennis Players of the Week, while freshman Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) earned NEC Rookie of the Week, the league office today announced. Cantor and Markison combined to win the top flight championship at the Sacred Heart Doubles Invitational, while Labarthe paired with sophomore Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) to win the Flight 2 Championship.

Markison and Cantor marched through five matches to the top flight championship. The duo capped the championship with an 8-5 triumph over Providence's Marisela Aviles-Duran and Maria Clara Bernardez in the finals. Markison and Cantor also defeated Sacred Heart's Elizabeth Harrington and Kristina Chao (8-2), UConn's Jennifer Learmonth and Emily Herb (8-5) and Hartford's Katina Zampas and Margaret Sabatino (8-0) in round-robin play, before edging Sacred Heart's Darcy Demers and Gabi Kaldan, 8-7 (2) in the semifinals.

One of the most highly-decorated recruits Quinnipiac has gotten a commitment from in its history, Labarthe showed her worth in her first competition with the Bobcats. Labarthe and Viebrock defeated Sacred Heart's Kate Donnelly and Delaney Downing twice en route to the championship, including an 8-5 win in round-robin play and an 8-6 victory in the championship match. Labarthe and Viebrock also defeated Bryant's Valeria Couto Cuervo and Stephanie Smyers (8-1) and UConn's Alexa Gregory and Marie Gargiulo (8-4) in round-robin play, before easily defeating Providence's Ayushi Sinha and Melissa Ferry, 8-2, in the semifinals.

The Bobcats return to action Friday, when they play host to the Quinnipiac Invitational. Action from the Quinnipiac Outdoor Tennis Courts commences at 3 p.m.