QU Women's Tennis Takes on Marist in MAAC Tournament Semifinals for Second Straight Season on Saturday at 10 A.M.

QU Women's Tennis Takes on Marist in MAAC Tournament Semifinals for Second Straight Season on Saturday at 10 A.M.

The Quinnipiac women's tennis team has qualified as the No. 1 seed for a second straight season in the MAAC Tournament as the Bobcats will face the No. 4 seed Marist Red Foxes for the second consecutive season in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday, Apr. 25 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, New Jersey. 

Scouting the Red Foxes
Marist heads into Wednesday's matchup with a 5-12 record with all five of its wins coming in conference play and a 4-1 record. The Red Foxes have won just two of their last five matches, including a 7-0 sweep of the Monmouth Hawks in the final match of the season. Karly Pang has been an impressive 16-12 with a 9-5 mark at No. 1 singles so for this season while Claire Schmitz is second on the team in victories with a 13-17 record, including 4-5 at No. 2 singles. In doubles play, Pang and Schmitz have hands been down the most dominant doubles team, going 15-8 with a 10-5 mark at No. 1 doubles and their lone conference loss coming at the hands of Quinnipiac's Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York) and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, New Jersey). Outside of Pang and Schmitz, the lineup has been fairly jumbled. Sabrina Tahir and Callie Morlock have played the second most matches as a team, going 5-5 in No. 2 doubles this season.

Last Time Out for the Bobcats
The Bobcats went 3-1 in the final week of competition leading up to the MAAC Tournament, including a pair of 7-0 sweeps against the Saint Peter's Peacocks and the Monmouth Hawks on Apr. 17 and 18, respectively. As a team, the Bobcats went 6-2 in the month of April, with the only losses coming against Fordham and Stony Brook. 

Top of the MAAC
The Bobcats head into the playoffs with their second straight undefeated MAAC Regular Season since joining the league in 2013-14. Last season, the Bobcats were 8-0 in the regular season before winning both tournament matches to advance to their seventh NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats have yet to lose a conference match as a member of the MAAC, combining to go 18-0 in two regular seasons and one conference tournament to this point.

Quinnipiac in the MAAC Tournament
Last season in their first ever MAAC Tournament appearance, the Bobcats won the whole championship after dominating the regular season. The Bobcats also faced the Red Foxes in the first round and bounced them from the tournament with a 4-2 victory. The following afternoon, the Bobcats clinched their first MAAC Championship with a 4-1 victory over Fairfield to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Raynor was named the Most Outstanding Female Player of the Tournament for her impressive performance. 

Impressive Season So Far
With a 12-8 record so far this season, the Bobcats have now had five consecutive season recording double-digit wins, including three straight seasons with a winning record. With a win over Marist in the semifinals, the Bobcats would tie their 2013-14 season win total and if the Bobcats win the MAAC Tournament, they would tie the program record for wins in season with 14 set during the 2010-11 season when they went 14-9. 

Doubles Domination
As a team, the Bobcats have combined to go 71-30 in doubles matches this season, good for a.703 winning percentage while they have still enjoyed success in singles with an 89-74 record for a .546 winning percentage. Raynor leads the Bobcats with 27 doubles victories, including a 24-6 mark with her partner, Dassa. Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) is third on the Bobcats roster with 21 doubles victories. Raynor also leads the team in singles wins, going 18-7 while Young is right behind her at 16-10. 

The New Standard
Raynor won the 166th match of her career Saturday afternoon against the Hawks to become the all-time winningest women's tennis player in Quinnipiac women's tennis history. Raynor surpassed the previous record of 165 set by Stephanie Petrycki by her graduation in 2002. Raynor's four win weekend also vaulted her to the new record for most single-season wins in program history with 45 wins and counting. Over the past month, Raynor has gone on a 21 match winning streak, dating back to her last loss on March 17 vs. Iowa State. 

Record Holder
With her two new records, Raynor has secured a position at the top of many records in the Quinnipiac women's tennis program. Raynor is the all-time wins leader, all-time Division I wins leader, all-time doubles wins leader, single-season wins leader and single-season doubles wins leader in program history. 

No Sophomore Slump Here
Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) has followed up an impressive freshman campaign with a solid sophomore season for the Bobcats. She has already won 37 matches this season, including 16 in singles and 21 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 fourth on the active roster in career wins with 78 through her first two seasons. Young has won 16 singles matches in each season as a Quinnipiac Bobcat. 

Horton Hears a Who
Sophomore Rachel Horton (Stamford, Connecticut) has come back to the tennis court with a vengeance this season as she amassed a career-high 21 victories heading into the MAAC Tournament. Horton went 9-7 in singles play and racked up a 12-5 record in doubles, including 11-5 with Young. Before finishing her freshman season with an injury, Horton had won 18 victories. 

What's Next?
The winning of the Bobcats and Red Foxes semifinal matchup will face the winner of the Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Fairfield Stags on Sunday morning at 10 A.M. in the MAAC Championship match.