March 15, 2011

Women's Tennis Blanks Western Illinois, 7-0

ORLANDO, Fla. - Four Bobcats earned double wins as the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team swept Western Illinois, 5-2, Monday afternoon to begin a four-match spring break trip in Florida. Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.), Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) each won twice as the Bobcats improved to 3-5 on the season. The Leathernecks fall to 1-9.

Hot play of late pushed Labarthe and Viebrock into top doubles action and the duo responded with an 8-0 thumping of Marcela Brandao and Jill Furlong. Labarthe then made quick work of Amy Unzicker, 6-0, 6-2, to win her 10th consecutive match, including five each at singles and doubles, dating back to Feb. 19. Viebrock extended a streak of her own with a 6-0, 6-0, blanking of Claire Griffin at No. 4 singles. She's now won six straight with three each in singles and doubles.

The Bobcats clinched the doubles point when Cantor and Cristescu earned an 8-1 victory at No. 3 over Melissa Kaufmann and Madison Zimmerman. Cantor went on to defeat Brandao, 6-0, 3-0, retired, at top singles, while Cristescu also blanked Kara Chicoine, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.

Also earning singles victories for the Bobcats were Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) and Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany). Markison defeated Furlong, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2, while Steinert breezed past Kaufmann, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5.

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday, when they face Northeast Conference rival Long Island. First serve is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Orlando, Fla.