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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Quinnipiac University women's tennis sophomore Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and head coach Mike Quitko headlined a fantastic day for the Bobcats on Friday, April 25 at the annual awards banquet at the 2014 MAAC Championships. Dzulynsky was tabbed MAAC Player of the Year, while Quitko was named the MAAC Coach of the Year.
The major award winners were just two of several accolades distributed to the Bobcats throughout the evening. Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.), Sydney Young (Austin, Texas), Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) were each named to the MAAC's First Team, while Dzulynsky was tabbed All-MAAC Second Team. Additionally, Quinnipiac swept all three First Team doubles honors, and was presented the MAAC Regular-Season Championship plaque as well.
For Quitko, who is now in his 23rd season at the helm of the men's and women's tennis programs, it was his 15th Coach of the Year honor since he began back in 1991. Nine of those have come on the women's side - six of which were awarded to him since joining the Division I ranks. Quitko reached his latest milestone last season when he picked up his 500th career win against Saint Francis University. Quitko has recorded a combined mark of 524-319 (.621) in his 23 seasons with the Bobcats. The men's side has posted a 238-171 (.582) record, while the women's squad has gone 296-148 (.667).
In just her first year with the women's tennis program, Sophia Dzulynsky took home the MAAC's highest honor and was selected to the second team at No. 1 singles. She posted a combined record of 35-22 this season, marking the 24th most wins in a Division I single season at Quinnipiac. She was 15-12 at singles and 20-10 at doubles – bumping her career record to 41-32 between her brief stint at Syracuse and her first season at Quinnipiac. Dzulynsky was also 5-2 at singles and 7-0 at doubles against conference competition.
Jacqueline Raynor was named to the first team for the second straight year after earning a selection to the All-NEC First Team in 2013. On pace to challenge the all-time record for most career wins at Quinnipiac, Raynor is also on track to set a new program record for most wins in a season. She is 40-16 this year, currently serving as the third most wins for a single Division I season. Raynor is 117-56 for her career, looking to reach Stephanie Petrycki's '02 all-time mark of 165 career wins. She earned MAAC First Team honors at No. 2 singles.
Another first-year member of the Bobcats' 2013-14 squad, Sydney Young had a sensational regular-season and one of the best freshman campaigns in program history. She posted a record of 38-20 – serving as a tie for the 15th most wins in a Division I single-season. She was 14-12 in singles and boasted a team-best 24-8 record in doubles. Young was also 7-1 against league opponents, claiming MAAC First Team honors at No. 4 singles.
Fellow classmate Kelsi Oliphant burst onto the college scene with a spectacular rookie campaign in which she was rewarded with first team honors at No. 5 singles. She was tied for first on the team in singles wins (17), second on the team in total wins (39) and third on the team in doubles wins (22). Oliphant was 17-10 at singles and 22-4 at doubles – owning the team's highest winning percentage at doubles. With one more win this weekend, Oliphant would be the 12th Quinnipiac player to earn 40 wins in one season.
Ariana Launie, who has been the most efficient singles player on the team this year, also picked up her second consecutive all-conference laurel. She was tabbed All-MAAC First Team at No. 6 singles, after posting a 22-10 combined record. She really blossomed in singles though, owning the team's highest winning percentage with a 14-6 record. Launie upped her career total to 81 wins which has her just two wins away from cracking top 25 all-time in Quinnipiac history.
Quinnipiac posted a perfect 8-0 record en route to its first MAAC Regular-Season Title in program history. Due in large part to their success at doubles; the Bobcats were rewarded for their efforts with first team accolades in each of the three doubles flights. Sophia Dzulynsky and Sydney Young were named First Team No. 1 Doubles (7-2, 6-0 MAAC); Jacqueline Raynor and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) were tabbed First Team No. 2 Doubles (14-2, 6-0 MAAC); and Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.) and Kelsi Oliphant were selected First Team No. 3 Doubles (14-0, 5-0 MAAC). Quinnipiac was 21-0 as a team in MAAC doubles competition this year.
2014 MAAC Women's Tennis Award Winners
All-MAAC First Team
No. 1 Singles: Monica Yajima, Fairfield
No. 2 Singles: Jacqueline Raynor, Quinnipiac
No. 3 Singles: Paulina Velasquez, Niagara
No. 4 Singles: Sydney Young, Quinnipiac
No. 5 Singles: Kelsi Oliphant, Quinnipiac
No. 6 Singles: Ariana Launie, Quinnipiac
No. 1 Doubles: Sophia Dzulynsky/ Sydney Young, Quinnipiac
No. 2 Doubles: Jacqueline Raynor/ Michelle Dassa, Quinnipiac
No. 3 Doubles: Kelsi Oliphant/ Mary Chupa, Quinnipiac
All-MAAC Second Team
No. 1 Singles: Sophia Dzulynsky, Quinnipiac
No. 2 Singles: Sharissa Ryan, Fairfield
No. 3 Singles: Alison Radde, Fairfield
No. 4 Singles: Marielle Campbell, Marist and Maria Ortiz, Niagara
No. 5 Singles: Kaila Nelson, Fairfield
No. 6 Singles: Victoria Pirrello, Fairfield
No. 1 Doubles: Monica Yajima/Carolina Koladzyn, Fairfield
No. 2 Doubles: Sharissa Ryan/Victoria Pirrello, Fairfield
No. 3 Doubles: Alison Radde/ Kaila Nelson, Fairfield
Player of the Year: Sophia Dzulynsky, Quinnipiac
Rookie of the Year: Paulina Velasquez, Niagara
Coach of the Year: Mike Quitko, Quinnipiac
The 2014 MAAC Tennis Championships begin this weekend, tomorrow, April 26-27 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. Quinnipiac clinched the MAAC Regular-Season Title and will carry its perfect record into the semifinals. The Bobcats are set to face fourth-seeded Marist at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
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