WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Lisanne Steinert (Glauchau, Germany) earned a three-set victory at No. 5 singles to propel the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team to its sixth Northeast Conference Championship since 2004. The championship is also the 10th for Head Coach Mike Quitko, who has also won four with the Quinnipiac men's team. The win pushes the Bobcats to 14-8 (7-0 NEC) and into the NCAA Tournament, while the Knights end their season at 10-13 (5-2 NEC). The Bobcats will learn their NCAA Tournament opponent and destination on May 3 at 5 p.m.
"First, I want to compliment Fairleigh Dickinson and Coach Ira Miller for playing a magnificent match with us," said Quitko. "They are a very talented and well-coached team. It took working since September for us to be good enough to win this title, which makes me proud of my team."
The Knights took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Elmine Botes and Irina Dementyeva defeated Juliet Labarthe (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.), 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Julia Prantl and Egzona Morina defeated Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) at No. 2, 8-6. Steinert and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) defeated Dzana Ferhatbegovic and Manuela Leme, 8-4, at No. 3.
The Bobcats evened the score when Viebrock defeated Morina, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 4 singles. Botes put FDU back on top, 2-1, defeating Cantor, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1. Labarthe then finished off a Dementyeva, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, at No. 3 to again knot the match at 2-2. Cristescu gave the Bobcats their first lead of the match, 3-2, defeating Ferhatbegovic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 6.
Prantl outlasted Markison, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), at No. 2 to tie the match once again at 3-3. Steinert then battled back from a 6-4 first-set defeat to win the last two sets, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 5, clinching the match.