WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The top-seeded Quinnipiac University women's tennis team fended off No. 4 Sacred Heart, 5-1, Saturday night to advance to the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship match, to be played Sunday at Mercer County Tennis Center. The Bobcats will face No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson in the finals. The Knights defeated No. 3 LIU, 4-0, late Saturday. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 13-8 (6-0 NEC), while the Pioneers end their season at 11-8 (4-4 NEC).
The Pioneers won the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3, before winning five of six singles first sets. But the Bobcats battled back, winning the second set in each of the six singles flights. Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) was the lone Bobcat to win her first set, and clinched her No. 2 singles victory against Elizabeth Harrington, 6-2, 6-1.
Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) put the Bobcats on top, 2-1, with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, victory against Darcy Demers at No. 4. Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) made it 3-1 with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, win against Kate Donnelly at No. 1. The Nos. 3 and 6 singles matches finished simultaneously, with Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) taking the wins for Quinnipiac. Labarthe defeated Gabi Kaldan, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 3, while Cristescu got past Delaney Downing, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6.
Cantor and Markison each earned a double win with an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles against Chao and Harrington. Labarthe and Viebrock fell to Demers and Kaldan, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, while Donnelly and Downing beat Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany) and Cristescu, 8-1, at No. 3.