The Quinnipiac women's tennis team hits the road for the final two regular season matches of the season this weekend as they face the Saint Peter's Peacocks on Friday, April 17 at 3 P.M. followed by a 11 A.M. showdown in the regular season finale with the Monmouth Hawks on April 18.
Scouting the Peacocks
Saint Peter's comes into their final match of the regular season sitting just outside of playoff position with a 5-10 (3-4 MAAC) record. The Peacocks have lost three matches in a row since beating Manhattan on March 29. The Peacocks three conference victories have come against Manhattan, Rider and Monmouth. Sitting just outside of playoff position, Friday's match against the Bobcats will be the Peacocks' final match of the season as they are mathematically eliminated from the tournament contention.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth is just 2-13 (2-3 MAAC) with both victories coming in conference play against the Manhattan Jaspers and Rider Broncs. Last time out, the Hawks defeated the Jaspers, 5-2, to snap a nine match losing streak which spanned from Oct. 8 to Apr. 11. The Hawks are led by Adriana Armendariz on the court with a 6-7 record overall. She has played the majority of the season at No. 1 singles, going 5-7. Farrah Smoke also has picked up 10 wins as she is 6-10 including a 4-8 record in No. 3 singles. Doubles action has been controlled by Smoke and Kendal Kauffman for the Hawks. The pair are 6-11 overall with a 4-5 mark in No. 2 doubles this season. No other doubles team has more than three wins.
Last Time Out for the Bobcats
Quinnipiac had two midweek matches this week where the Bobcats split and have now won seven of their last nine matches. The Bobcats faced a tough Stony Brook Seawolves squad that came into the match with an 11-1 record and the Seawolves won the match, 6-1. The Bobcats rebounded the next day in conference play when they traveled to Marist to face the Red Foxes won by three matches, 5-2.
Hello, Number 2
Senior Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York) moved into second place all-time in career wins with a win in singles on Tuesday against the Seawolves to break a tie with Jessica Uccello, who heled the record with 159 wins. After picking up two more wins at Marist, Raynor has 162 career victories and is just four away from breaking the all-time wins record of 165 set by Stephanie Petrycki. Raynor has won 17 consecutive matches and has not recorded a loss in a month.
Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) has followed up an impressive freshman campaign with a solid sophomore season for the Bobcats. She has already won 33 matches this season, including 14 in singles and 19 in doubles. Young picked up a pair of victories in their last match at Marist, including an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory in singles play. Young is just one victory away from her 75th win of her career.
Horton Hears a Who
Joining Young and Raynor with multiple victories against Marist was Rachel Horton (Stamford, Connecticut). Horton and Young paired up in doubles to pick up the win before Horton won in straight sets in singles, 6-1, 6-1. She has won 18 matches this season, just one shy of tying her career high from last season.
Century Mark Achieved
Fellow senior Ariana Launie (Milton, Massachusetts) recorded the 100th victory of her career Saturday afternoon, becoming the 19th player in program history and third active member of the 100-win club. Launie has now won 20 victories this season.
A Few More Achievements
Junior Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Florida) won her 70th match of her career against the Siena Saints on Sunday, making her the fifth active player on the roster to win at least 70 matches in her career. This season, she has won 28 matches, including an impressive 17-10 record in doubles play.
Best Tennis of the Year
The Bobcats have been playing some of their best tennis yet, having won seven of the last nine matches and are still perfect in the MAAC. The Bobcats are 10-8 and a perfect 6-0 in MAAC play after beating Marist on Wednesday.
Since joining the MAAC prior to the 2013-14 season, the Bobcats have not lost a match to a MAAC opponent. The Bobcats were 10-0 last season, including a perfect 8-0 regular season conference record. This season, Quinnipiac has won all six of its conference matches, pushing its conference winning streak to 16 games.
MAAC Preseason Poll
The Bobcats were selected to repeat as MAAC Women's Tennis Champions as they received all nine first place votes to command 81 points in the MAAC Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll. Last season, the Bobcats cruised to their first conference championship in their new conference. The Bobcats then faced the Stanford Cardinal in the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the first round.
After the weekend, the Bobcats will head into the MAAC Tournament beginning on Saturday, Apr. 25 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, New Jersey.