Raynor Moves Forward in Qualifying Draw; Bobcats Begin Play at ITA Regionals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team was back in action on Thursday afternoon, as the Bobcats opened competition at the 2013 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships at the Murr Center in Cambridge, Mass., hosted by Harvard University.

Just one Quinnipiac athlete competed on opening day, and she excelled at the opportunity. Junior Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) defeated the No. 1 seed, Jaime Yapp-Shing of Ivy League foe Pennsylvania, in dramatic fashion to stay alive in the qualifying draw. Raynor dropped the first set, 4-6, but bounced back with a 7-5 win in the second set and a 6-2 win in the deciding frame. With a second consecutive win tomorrow morning, Raynor will advance to the Main Draw.

This tournament is one of 24 USTA/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women taking place over these middle two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country. Players are competing for an automatic entry into the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Singles and doubles champions will receive a berth. More than 100 women's collegiate tennis players are competing at Harvard.

Play resumes tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

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