Women's Tennis To Host 16th Annual Quinnipiac University Invitational This Weekend

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats women's tennis team will host the 16th annual Quinnipiac University Invitational this weekend, a three-day event set to begin on Friday, September 14, 2012 at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts on Mount Carmel Campus. Joining the Bobcats on the courts this year will be UConn, Providence, SHU, Seton Hall and Hartford.

"We are once again really looking forward to hosting this event," said head coach Mike Quitko. "This year's competition features some of the best players in the region, including three teams out of the BIG EAST Conference. This will be a good early test for our girls."

In their first tournament of the fall season at the Sacred Heart Doubles Festival, competition was called early due to rain and thunderstorms in Fairfield County. Before the tournament was cancelled however, several Bobcats collected wins in the opening round of the invitational. 

Senior tandem Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) and Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) picked up right where they left off in the Spring; cruising to an easy victory in their opening match. Viebrock and Cantor, 15-4 when playing together a year ago, defeated URI's Galina Chernyk and Nithila Asokaraj, 8-1, for their first win of the season.

Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) joined Viebrock and Cantor in the win column, as the sophomore duo topped a pair from Providence College. Raynor and Dassa, who posted a team-best 22-4 record last season, knocked off Hannah Zanguri and Karen Ramirez, 8-1, for their first win of 2012-13.  

In the last match to be played, junior transfer Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) kept the unbeaten streak alive with their first win of the season. The Bobcat pairing handed Providence College another loss, defeating Alaina Primos and Olivia Hogan, 8-1, in the opening match. The triumph marked Chupa's first win in a Bobcat uniform.

The Quinnipiac Invitational begins at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Competition resumes the following day, Saturday, September 15, and then wraps up on Sunday, September 16. Play for the weekend begins at 9 a.m. on both days.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu