Women's Tennis Edges Fairfield In Intrastate Thriller, 4-3

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) capped off a thrilling victory for the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team on Tuesday afternoon, as she and the Bobcats earned a non-conference win over Fairfield University, 4-3, at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. In addition to Cristescu's triumph, junior Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) picked up career-wins No. 97 and No. 98, as she paired with fellow captain Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) to defeat a twosome from Fairfield University and won in No. 3 singles.

With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-11 on the season. Nonetheless, Quinnipiac's focus remains on the Northeast Conference Tournament, which is set to begin this weekend. The Bobcats were granted the No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoff and will take on Robert Morris Friday at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J.

Viebrock and Cantor, now 6-1 in their last seven matches, began the clash with their 13th doubles win this season. The duo defeated Monica Yajima and Carolina Koladzyn, 8-2, in No. 1, a win that pulled Cantor to within 10 until she reaches the 100-plateau for her career. Unfortunately, the Stags prevailed in the backend of doubles competition, propelling the visitors to an early 1-0 lead.

In the singles segment, the Bobcats bounced back and took four of the six individual match-ups. Viebrock defeated Koladzyn, 6-1, 7-6 (4), in No. 3, Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) topped Victoria Pirrello, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 4 and Erin Suvar (North Massapequa, N.Y.) defeated Emma Samson, 6-1, 7-6 (5), in No. 6. With the match hanging in the balance, Cristescu outlasted Nikki Jackson, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, awarding Quinnipiac the intrastate triumph.

The Stags return to action on Friday, April 20 with an away match at Siena. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

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No. 1 – (QU) Cantor/Viebrock Def. (FFLD) Yajima/Koladzyn: 8-2
No. 2 – (FFLD) Radde/Ryan Def. (QU) Raynor/Launie: 8-5
No. 3 – (FFLD) Pirrello/Jackson Def. (QU) Cristescu/Crystal: 8-1

No. 1 – (FFLD) Yajima Def. (QU) Cantor: 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – (FFLD) Radde Def. (QU) Raynor: 2-6, 2-6
No. 3 – (QU) Viebrock Def. (FFLD) Koladzyn: 6-1, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 – (QU) Launie Def. (FFLD) Pirrello: 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – (QU) Cristescu Def. (FFLD) Jackson: 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – (QU) Suvar Def. (FFLD) Samson:  6-1, 7-6 (5)

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu