Three Bobcats Advance To Quinnipiac Invitational Singles Semifinals

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University's Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.), Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) and Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won twice each Saturday to advance to the Quinnipiac Invitational singles semifinals. Markison won a pair of matches in the A Flight, while Viebrock and Labarthe also won twice each to comprise half the field remaining in the B Flight.

Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.), Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.), Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany), Erin Suvar (North Massapequa, N.Y.) and Bethany Huard (Londonderry, N.H.) also won one match each on the day for the Bobcats.

Markison defeated Fordham's Angelica Dabu, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4 in the tiebreaker) in the opening round, before making quick work of Sacred Heart's Elizabeth Harrington, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. Markison also took part in the Flight A doubles semifinals with Cantor, but the duo fell to Rhode Island's Pam Emery and Kirsten Leikem, 8-5.

Viebrock beat Fordham's Sarah Tremaine, 7-5, 6-2, in the opening round of Flight B, before beating UConn's Lauren Wilmarth, 6-2, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.

Labarthe earned straight-set victories over Sacred Heart's Gabi Kaldan (6-1, 6-3) and Fordham's Bethany Boyle (6-0, 6-2) in the Flight B opening round and quarterfinals, respectively.

Cantor defeated Sacred Heart's Kate Donnelly, 6-1, 6-2, in the Flight A opening round, before falling to Fairfield's Monica Yajima, 7-5, 6-4.

Cristescu was victorious in her first career singles match, defeating Fairfield's Alyssa Ruiz, 1-6, 6-3, 10-5. She then fell to UConn's Abby McKeon, 6-3, 6-2, in the Flight C quarterfinals.

Steinert defeated Fairfield's Nikki Jackson, 6-2, 6-4, in the Flight C opening round, before falling to Fordham's Taylor Holt, 6-4, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.

Suvar cruised past Sacred Heart's Lauren Rodrigues, 6-1, 6-1, in the Flight D opening round, before falling to Army's Kari Pope, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

After falling to UConn's Marie Gargiulo, 6-1, 6-2, in the Flight D opening round, Huard defeated Sacred Heart's Michelle Aptekin, 8-0, in the consolation quarterfinals. She then fell to Fairfield's Victoria Pirrello, 8-2, in the semifinals.

Quinnipiac Invitational singles semifinals will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, with doubles finals and singles finals to follow.