Women’s tennis drops second straight

By Angelique Fiske, QBSN Publishing Editor

The women’s tennis team dropped its second straight outing with a 6-1 loss against the University of Massachusetts Sunday afternoon.  The Bobcats drop to 7-11 with only one regular season match left to play against Fairfield on Tuesday.

In spite of two singles matches going into three sets, the Bobcats could only pull away with one win in the singles action.  Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) defeated Yuliana Motyl in two sets in the No. 1 spot.  Cantor’s personal win puts her at 9-12 overall this season.

Freshmen standouts Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) both came close to capturing wins in the singles round, forcing tie breakers to decide the third set.  Neither would walk away one win richer, however.

Cantor and partner Sarah Viebrok (Carmel, N.Y.) also continued their dominance in the doubles round with the only other Bobcat victory of the day.  The duo, used to soaring over the competition, boosted their record to 11-2 with the win over Motyl and Jocelyn Providence.

The other two Bobcat pairs could not follow suit. Dassa and Raynor gave way to Sonia Bokhari and Chanel Glasper in the No. 2 spot, and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) and Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) fell to Hazuki Onaga and Jessica Podlofsky in the No. 3 slot.

With their final match coming up, the Bobcats strive to end their short skid and head into the NEC Championships on a high note and as a threat to the rest of the conference.


Men’s and women’s tennis defeat Pioneers

By Thomas Albanese, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s tennis teams both continued their winning streaks against Sacred Heart on Tuesday. The women’s squad ran past the Pioneers by a score of 6-1 while the men’s team just slipped past the Pioneers with a score of 4-3 on its senior day.

The women’s team dominated the entire match, taking two doubles matches and five singles, dropping one of each.

Quinnipiac won 8-5 in No. 1 doubles with Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) defeating Kate Donnelly and Kristina Chao. The Bobcats’ No. 2 doubles Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) were also victorious with a score of 8-1, smashing Nicole Rydzewski and Kristin Legenza.

Each of the singles matches finished in two dominated sets. Raynor, Viebrock, and Dassa took No. 2, 3 and 4 singles respectively. Quinnipiac’s Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.), who made up the pair that lost in the doubles round, each won their singles matches. Launie won her match 6-1, 6-1 while Cristescu took her match 6-2, 6-0. Those victories sealed the 6-1 victory for the Bobcats, taking them to 7-9 overall with a 2-2 NEC record.

For the men, the narrow win improved the Bobcats to 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the NEC with two away non-conference opponents remaining on their schedule.

Senior James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) continued his historic play with victories in both singles and doubles. Kwei and Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) won their doubles match 8-4 over Logan Mohring and Jacob Miller of Sacred Heart. Kwei finished his day by defeating the Pioneer’s Justin Pagan 6-2, 6-0.

The Bobcats swept the Pioneers in all three doubles matches while singles matches, each team taking three wins. The other two singles victories came from Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.) 6-4, 6-1, and Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) 6-2, 6-2.

Sacred Heart’s three singles wins came from Chadd Sullo, Mohring, and Miller. They each needed to fight for their wins as they all completed the split for the Pioneers by winning in long, three-set matches.

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s tennis teams will be back in action on Saturday, April 14 at Stony Brook.  The first serve is set for 12 p.m.


Fordham defeats women’s tennis, 7-0

By Angelique Fiske, QBSN Publishing Editor                                     

While the weather held off for the women’s tennis team’s match against Fordham Sunday afternoon, luck was not on the side of the Bobcats as the Rams swept the singles portion of the day and lost in only ones doubles match.  The 7-0 loss sets the Bobcats back to 4-9 overall.  Fordham improves to 14-4 with the win.

The lone Quinnipiac win came in the No. 2 doubles slot as the freshmen pair of Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.) narrowly defeated Sarah Ali and Bella Genkina, 9-8 (5).

Fordham’s pair of Amy Simidian and Angelika Dabu took the No. 1 doubles match over Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrok (Carmel, N.Y.) by a score of 8-4, while Hannah Fritzinger and Julie Leong defeated Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) and Morgan Crystal (Ridgefield, Conn.) in the No. 3 match, 8-1.

Raynor faced off against Ali again as the No. 2 singles match, but the freshman Ram came out victorious, taking the match in two sets (6-4, 6-2).

While all of the singles matches were completed in two sets, one Bobcat came close to extending her match further than an uncontested sweep.  Dassa battled for a comeback in the No. 3 singles match, but Genkina was able to put a stop to her momentum.  After dropping the first set 6-2, Dassa started the second set with explosive energy.  As the set wore on, Genkina matched Dassa’s power and forced a tiebreaker to decide the set.  The two rallied, exchanging leads until Genkina eventually won the tiebreaker 12-10 and in turn, the set 7-5.

In spite of having lost its last three matches without earning a point, the women’s tennis team looks to turn things around as it heads to Providence Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup.  The first serve is set for 4 p.m.


Women’s tennis blows away Villanova

By: Taylor Massey, QBSN Staff Writer

The cold wind that blew in this week took the Villanova women’s tennis team right along with it. Quinnipiac (4-6) took the Villanova Wildcats (2-8) in a non-conference match with a score of 6-1.

The Bobcats swept the doubles series to earn the first point of the day. Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) defeated Mikelle Mancini and Sydney West to move to 7-0 in doubles this season.

Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.), Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.), Ariana Launie (Milton, Mass.) and Lavinia Cristescu (West Hartford, Conn.) all contributed to the doubles sweep.

The single Wildcat win came from the hand of Sydney West. West overtook Viebrock in a tie breaking set with scores of 6-2, 5-7 and 13-11. Cantor also had a close match, but came away with the win over Mikele Mancini, 4-6, 6-3 and 10-8.

When the day was done the Bobcat’s triumphed over the Wildcats with five singles wins and a point from the doubles sweep. Quinnipiac travels to Yale tomorrow to take on the Bulldogs. The first serve is set for 5 p.m.


Quinnipiac tennis served losses from Bryant

By Angelique Fiske, QBSN Publishing Editor

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s tennis teams dropped their matches against the Bryant University Bulldogs with identical scores of 5-2.

The women’s team (3-6, 1-1 NEC) managed a victory in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots courtesy of Sarah Viebrock (Carmel, N.Y.) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, N.J.).

Viebrock put together a flawless day in both singles and doubles.  She handed Devlin-Ann Ammendola a one-sided loss by a score of 6-2, 6-1.  Partnering up with Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.) for doubles action, the pair won over Stephanie Smyers and Lucy Bird, 8-3.  Cantor however could not pull the power from the doubles match into her own singles endeavor, falling to Claudia Hildago 7-5, 6-4.

Dassa and May Vickers fought a close match, but the freshman Bobcat come up with the narrow 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory.  The win is Dassa’s fifth personal of the year.

The men’s team (3-7, 1-1 NEC) put up a fight against the Bulldogs (9-4, 2-0 NEC), but its effort was overpowered by the skill of its opponent.  The two Quinnipiac victories in the singles round came sandwiched in the middle of Bryant’s wins.  All of Bryant’s individual victories finished in two sets.

Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) defeated Peter Hart Callahan in the No. 3 slot by a score of 6-3, 6-3.  The victory is Morgenstern’s 12th of the season.  Morgenstern and partner Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, Mass.) also gave Quinnipiac its only win in the doubles round, defeating Callahan and Zachary Morris 8-5.

While one Bobcat captured a win in a clean two-set fashion, another scrapped his together competitively.  Quinnipiac No. 4 Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) rallied from behind after dropping his first set to Ernesto Arguello 6-7 (5-7).  After the tiebreaker for the first set, Ambrosio left nothing to chance taking the second set 6-2.  As the last match to complete action, the pair went to a tiebreaker again with Ambrosio pulling away with the 10-4 lead.

Both teams travel to Hofstra tomorrow afternoon in a non-conference match.



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