Juliet Labarthe Earns NEC-Record Seventh Rookie of the WeekHAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University freshman Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has been named the Northeast Conference Women's Tennis Rookie of the Week, the league office today announced. The freshman has now won a league-record seven NEC Rookie of the Week Awards, including the last four league rookie honors.
Labarthe's seven NEC Rookie of the Week Awards surpass teammate Rachel Cantor's (Short Hills, N.J.) prior record of six NEC Rookie of the Week Awards, accomplished in the first year the award was issued last season. The seven honors are easily most among NEC freshmen, with the award being issued 11 times this season. Twice in the four times that the award went to another freshman in the conference, the Bobcats were inactive.
The feat further demonstrates Quinnipiac Head Coach Mike Quitko's ability to quickly help his freshmen assimilate themselves to the college game, as his players have taken home each of the last three NEC Rookie of the Year Awards and 13 of 25 NEC Rookie of the Week Awards issued by the league in the last two seasons.
Labarthe posted a 4-2 week to improve her season record to 34-10, just six wins behind the QU Division I freshman record of 40 held by Mary Wilson '10 with five regular-season matches remaining on the Bobcats' schedule. Labarthe's success mirrored the Bobcats' team success this week, as Quinnipiac won two of three matches, including a pair of 4-3 decisions against Hofstra and Bryant.
Labarthe extended her singles winning streak to 10 matches with wins at the No. 3 flight against competition from Hofstra and Bryant, before falling at No. 28 Yale. She defeated Hofstra's Lauren Clifton and Bryant's Stephanie Smyers, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively, before falling to Yale's Stephanie Kent, 7-5, 6-2. In doubles, she paired with Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) to defeat Hofstra's Christie Gattelaro and Clifton, 8-3, at No. 2, before playing up to No. 1 in an 8-6 victory against Bryant's Lucy Bird and Smyers. The duo then fell to Yale's Kent and Annie Sullivan, 8-3, at top doubles.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, when they travel to intrastate foe Fairfield. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.