Women’s Tennis Tabbed Second In NEC Preseason Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team was picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced on Friday, February 08, 2013 by the league office. The Bobcats are coming off a tremendous fall season in which five members collected 10 or more wins through five events.

Fairleigh Dickinson, who claimed its first conference championship in 24 years last April, earned six-of-11 first place votes and the top spot. Last year's NEC runner-up, Quinnipiac, earned a pair of first place votes and finished second in the poll.  Bryant, in its first year of postseason eligibility, was tabbed third and picked up three first place nods, while LIU Brooklyn came in fourth and Sacred Heart rounded out the top five.  Mount St. Mary's was picked sixth, followed by Saint Francis University, Monmouth, Robert Morris, Wagner and St. Francis Brooklyn.

2013 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll

1.    Fairleigh Dickinson (6)
2.    Quinnipiac (2)
3.    Bryant (3)
4.    LIU Brooklyn
5.    Sacred Heart
6.    Mount St. Mary's
7.    Saint Francis U
8.    Monmouth
9.    Robert Morris
10.  Wagner
11.  St. Francis Brooklyn
(First place votes in parentheses)

Quinnipiac has won six NEC titles since 2004 and advanced to the NEC Tournament championship match in 12 of the last 13 seasons, so it should come as no surprise that Mike Quitko and company have been tabbed as one of the top contenders for the 2013 crown.  Quitko, a five-time NEC Coach of the Year now in his 22nd season in Hamden, has two returning All-NEC honorees at his side.  Senior Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) tallied a 5-1 mark versus league rivals and was a first teamer at the #3 flight in 2012. Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) was one of just three freshman honored, earning second team accolades at #4 singles after finishing 4-2 against NEC opponents. Senior Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.), a former NEC Rookie of the Year, brings a veteran presence at the #1 flight.

The Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ will once again serve as the venue for the 11-team championship from April 18-21.  The winner of the single-elimination tourney will earn the NEC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament field.

The Bobcats resume competition on February 17th with a non-conference match against Albany. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center in West Point, N.Y.                                                                              

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Schedule is also 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