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SOMERSET, N.J. – Headlined by Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.), five members of the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team earned All-Conference honors as announced by the league office on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Raynor was named First Team Singles and Doubles, while Viebrock earned a trip to First Team Singles for the third straight year.
"Our girls had a great season and it's always nice to see them rewarded for their hard work," said head coach Mike Quitko, who led the Bobcats to their fourth straight 10-win season. "Jackie and Sarah were rightfully selected as the best players in their flights, while Michelle, Ariana and Mary established themselves as three of the league's elite players. They are all well-deserving of the awards."
Raynor was rewarded for her breakout season with two accolades from the NEC. She added 43 wins to her career total after posting 20 wins at singles and 23 wins at doubles. Included in her 20 wins at singles was a 9-1 record down the final stretch, which included three wins in the NEC Tournament. Raynor's run was highlighted by a 6-4, 6-1 win over FDU's Egzona Morina at No. 2 singles in the championship match. Raynor upped her career total to 77 wins and is on pace to challenge Stephanie Petrycki's (165) all-time win total at Quinnipiac.
Joining Raynor on the first team was Viebrock, who garnered her third straight All-Conference selection. Viebrock flourished in her final season, posting a career-high of 42 wins with 20 coming at singles and 22 via doubles. Evidenced by an 8-2 record at singles in her last 10 matches, Viebrock thrived when it mattered most which also featured three straight wins at No. 3 singles in the NEC Championships. She concluded her career with 144 victories and will leave Quinnipiac with the third most wins program history. A team captain and leader, Viebrock was also named Quinnipiac's Senior Scholar-Athlete for her efforts in the classroom as well.
In addition to the two first team selections, Quinnipiac named two players to second team singles in Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.). Bruised and battered all season long, Dassa mustered 38 wins between singles and doubles play. Her season was highlighted by a win against LIU Brooklyn in the NEC Semifinals, when she defeated Lisa Maas, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles to help QU advance to the NEC Championship match.
Launie also battled injuries late in the season but came through for the Bobcats on the final day. Launie outlasted FDU's Manuela Leme, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 6 singles to tie the championship match at three apiece. Launie collected a total of 30 wins this past season and surpassed the 50-win plateau for her career. She has 59 victories in a Bobcat uniform and cracked top-20 in career wins at singles in the Division I era.
The Bobcats were also rewarded for their success in doubles after winning over 80 percent of their conference matchups. Raynor and Dassa were 8-0 against NEC opponents at No. 2 doubles which included a 3-0 stretch in the NEC Championships. They are 41-15 when paired together through their first two years at Quinnipiac. Launie and Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) nabbed a second team doubles selection after posting a 5-2 mark against conference opposition. They were 15-10 overall which included a Quinnipiac University Invitational Flight "B" Championship title.
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Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@NECsports).