April 27, 2014

Ticket Punched! Women’s Tennis Wins 2014 MAAC Championship with 4-1 Win over Fairfield

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team punched its ticket to the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon, as the top-seeded Bobcats defeated second-seeded Fairfield, 4-1, to claim its first MAAC Championship in program history.

Playing in their first season as a member of the MAAC, the women's tennis team became the third Quinnipiac team to win their respective MAAC Tournament this year (Men's Soccer & Field Hockey). It also marked the seventh Division I Conference Championship for the Bobcats after winning six titles in the Northeast Conference (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011).

In one of the most exciting matches all season, Quinnipiac earned the doubles point and markers at No. 2, 4 and 6 singles to secure the victory. Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) sealed the deal with a come-from-behind triumph at No. 2, putting Quinnipiac into the big dance for the seventh time in the last 11 years. Raynor's two victories on Sunday completed a perfect 4-0 weekend for the Quinnipiac junior as the MAAC named her the Most Outstanding Performer of the 2014 MAAC Championships.

Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead by way of the doubles point, but did so in thrilling fashion. Raynor and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) gave the Bobcats the first tally with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles, but Fairfield tied it up with a win at No. 3 – leaving it up to Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Fla.) and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) at No. 1.

Trailing 7-6 late in the match, Dzulynsky and Young battled back to tie the score up at 7-7 and force a seven-point tie-breaker to determine the point. The sophomore-freshman tandem dug an early hole in the breaker, but again persevered late in the segment to pull through. Trailing 7-5, Dzulynsky and Young snatched four straight points to win the match (9-7) and give the Bobcats the early advantage. It was the team's 11th straight doubles point and 18th win this season. 

Needing just three of the six singles points to win the match, Quinnipiac did so in dramatic fashion. Fairfield took the first set in five out of the six matches, leaving the Bobcats in another hole. However, Sydney Young defeated Carolina Koladzyn, 6-1, 6-4, and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.), Kelsi Oliphant (Calgary, Alberta), Michelle Dassa and Jacqueline Raynor each battled back to win their second sets. After that, it was all Quinnipiac as Launie prevailed with a 6-3 victory in the third set, and Raynor clinched the match with a 6-3 win at No. 2.

Singles Competition
1. Yajima, Monica (FFD) def. Dzulynsky,Sophia (QU-WT) 6-2, 7-5
2. Raynor,Jacqueline (QU-WT) def. Ryan, Sharissa (FFD) 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
3. Dassa,Michelle (QU-WT) vs. Radde, Allison (FFD) 4-6, 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
4. Young,Sydney (QU-WT) def. Koladzyn, Carolina (FFD) 6-1, 6-4
5. Oliphant,Kelsi (QU-WT) vs. Nelson, Kaila (FFD) 1-6, 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
6. Launie,Ariana (QU-WT) def. Pirrello, Victoria (FFD) 2-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-3 

Doubles Competition
1. Dzulynsky,Sophia/Young,Sydney (QU-WT) def. Yajima, Monica/Koladzyn, Carolina (FFD) 8-7 (10-8)
2. Raynor,Jacqueline/Dassa,Michelle (QU-WT) def. Ryan, Sharissa/Pirrello, Victoria (FFD) 8-4
3. Radde, Allison/Nelson, Kaila (FFD) def. Oliphant,Kelsi/Chupa,Mary (QU-WT) 8-4

The 2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. Quinnipiac will host a viewing party for all interested in watching the show.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be played on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at the home site of the higher seeds. The remainder of the tournament will be played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

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