Women's Tennis Defeats NEC Rival Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-3

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) clinched the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team's 4-3 victory against NEC rival Fairleigh Dickinson with a three-set victory at No. 6 singles Saturday afternoon on the Quinnipiac Outdoor Tennis Courts. Cristescu joined Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.), Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) and Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) in earning singles victories for the Bobcats. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-7 (3-0 NEC), while the Knights fall to 6-10 (1-1 NEC).

After FDU won the doubles point with victories at all three flights, the Bobcats responded with wins at the top three singles flights to take a 3-1 lead in the match. Cantor got things started with a 6-3, 7-5, victory over Elmine Botes at No. 1, before Markison got past Irina Dementyeva, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2. Labarthe made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-2, victory against Julia Prantl at No. 3.

FDU tied the match with wins at Nos. 4 and 5. Egzona Morina defeated Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.), 6-3, 7-5, at No. 4 before Manuela Leme edged Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany), 6-4, 6-4, at No. 5. With the match on the line, Cristescu came back from down a set to defeat Dzana Ferhatbegovic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, when they play host to Stony Brook. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. The match will serve as the Bobcats' Senior Day, with ceremonies beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m.