CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Several Bobcats shined on Friday afternoon as the Quinnipiac University women's tennis team took part in day two of the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Harvard University at the Murr Center in Cambridge, Mass.
Quinnipiac earned multiple wins throughout the day, beginning with junior Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.). After a victory in her first match yesterday, Raynor made it two straight with a win over Gisela Castany of long-standing rival Fairleigh Dickinson. Raynor rolled past Castany in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph to solidify a spot in the Main Draw. Raynor returns to the court tomorrow afternoon around 2:45 p.m. against the winner of Jamila Paul (Army) and Chloe Sher (Seton Hall).
Quinnipiac also took part in doubles competition, as two formidable teams took the court for the Bobcats. Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) and Rachel Horton (Stamford, Conn.) earned a victory in their first match of the day, defeating a tandem from fellow MAAC affiliate, Niagara. Young and Horton cruised to an 8-0 victory over Sarah Hellstern and Iva Celan to advance to the second round. After that, Young and Horton improved to 14-2 when playing together with an 8-3 win over Miranda Podlas and Margarita Kotok (Buffalo). They will continue play on Sunday in the Round of 16.
Raynor and her partner Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) were also in action in the doubles draw, but met a tough pairing from Pennsylvania in the first round. Penn's Sonya Latycheva and Kana Daniel defeated Raynor and Dzulynsky, 8-3. Dzulynsky will however join Raynor in Main Draw Singles tomorrow with a clash against Kelsey Shea (Colgate). First serve will take place around 11:15 a.m.
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.
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