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EDISON, New Jersey – Quinnipiac women's tennis Paula Miller was named the MAAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year in her first season as the head coach of the Bobcats, as announced at the MAAC Tennis Awards Banquet on Friday, April 24, 2015.
The Bobcats also were the most honored women's tennis team as nine different Bobcats were named to All-MAAC teams. Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York), Rachel Horton (Stamford, Connecticut), Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, New Jersey), Sydney Young (Austin Texas), Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Florida) and Sitilia Rencheli (Sarasota, Florida) were all named to the All-MAAC First Team while Dzulynsky, Rencheli, Young and Ariana Launie (Milton, Massachusetts) were each named to the All-MAAC Second Team as well. Dassa, Horton, Raynor, Rencheli, Daneilla Reyes (Burr Ridge, Illinois) and Young each earned MAAC All-Academic Team selections in the banquet as well.
Along with the numerous individual awards, the Bobcats also received the trophy for their second consecutive regular season conference championship after going a perfect 8-0 in the regular season of conference play for the second straight season.
Miller won the coach of the year award in just her first season as the head coach for the Bobcats she guided them to their second consecutive undefeated regular season in the MAAC, posting an 8-0 record. Overall, the Bobcats have a 12-8 record in Miller's first season. It is the second straight season that Quinnipiac won the Coach of the Year Award, as former head coach Mike Quitko was named the Coach of the Year last season.
Raynor was named to the All-MAAC First Team in No. 2 singles as well as No. 1 doubles after an outstanding regular season. This is the second consecutive season in which Raynor was named to the All-MAAC First Team in singles and doubles. Raynor posted an 18-7 record in singles play, including 8-0 in conference play. In doubles, Raynor is 27-6 and also 8-0 in conference play. This season, Raynor was named the MAAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week four times. She also set numerous Quinnipiac women's tennis records this season, highlighted by taking over first place for all-time wins with 166. Raynor also set the all-time record for doubles wins (98), single season record for wins (45), and single-season record for doubles wins (27).
Horton also joined Raynor on the All-MAAC First Team for singles, as she was named at No. 5 singles for the first time in her career, and was also named to the All-MAAC First Team at No. 2 doubles and to the MAAC All-Academic team. Horton has gone 9-7 overall with a 7-0 mark in conference play since returning to the court in the spring. Horton was even more impressive in doubles, going 12-5, including 8-0 in conference play with Young. Overall, Horton set a new career-high in single-season wins with 21 as well as single-season singles wins with nine.
Dassa was named to the All-MAAC First Team at No. 1 doubles with Raynor as well as to the MAAC All-Academic team. For Dassa, it is the second straight season she was named to the All-MAAC First Team for doubles and has now been honored with a postseason awards in all four seasons of her career. Dassa is 24-6 in doubles this season with Raynor as the two have combined to win 81 matches in their doubles career together. Dassa ranks second on the team this season in doubles as well as second in program history for all-time doubles wins with 88.
Young was named to the All-MAAC First team at No. 2 doubles, All-MAAC Second Team at No. 4 singles and to the MAAC All-Academic team for the Bobcats. It's the second straight season in which Young has been honored by the MAAC as she made All-MAAC First Team singles and doubles as freshman. This season, Young 37-20 overall, including 16-10 in singles and 21-10 in doubles. In conference play, Young is 7-1 in singles as well as 8-0 in doubles with Horton. Young is second on the team in wins, singles wins and third in doubles wins.
Dzulynsky was named First Team All-MAAC at No. 3 doubles with Rencheli, as well as to the Second Team All-MAAC at No. 1 singles. It is also the second straight season in which Dzulynsky was honored by the MAAC as she won the MAAC Women's Player of the Year as well as the First Team All-MAAC in singles and doubles in 2013-14. This season, Dzulynsky is 30-25 with a 12-15 overall record in singles and 18-10 in doubles. She was even better in conference play, posting a 6-2 mark in conference singles matches and 6-0 in conference doubles play.
Her doubles partner Rencheli was also honored by the MAAC as she was named All-MAAC First Team at No. 3 doubles, All-MAAC Second Team at No. 3 doubles and to the MAAC All-Academic team. In her first season with the Bobcats, Rencheli has gone 23-15 with an 8-7 record in singles and 15-8 in doubles. Conference records were even better for Rencheli as well as she went 2-2 in conference play at No. 3 singles and 5-0 in conference play in doubles.
Rounding out the lineup, Launie was honored for a third straight season with a postseason honor as she was named All-MAAC Second Team at No. 6 singles. Last season, Launie was named All-MAAC First Team at No. 6 singles and the year before Launie was All-NEC Second Team as a sophomore. Launie is 21-16 this season and won her 100th career match during the spring. Overall, Launie is 11-9 in singles with a 6-0 mark in conference play.
Reyes also joined the Bobcats as a MAAC honoree as she was named to the All-Academic team, joining the five other Bobcats to give Quinnipiac the most All-Academic selections in the conference.
The Bobcats will take to the court on Saturday morning at 10 A.M. for the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament where they will face the Marist Red Foxes for the second consecutive season at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, New Jersey.
All-MAAC First Team
No. 1 Singles: Karly Pang, Marist
No. 2 Singles: Jacqueline Raynor, Quinnipiac
No. 3 Singles: Allysa Singh, Siena
No. 4 Singles: Stella Peisakhova, Niagara
No. 5 Singles: Rachel Horton, Quinnipiac
No. 6 Singles: Brooke Briseno, Niagara
No. 1 Doubles: Jacqueline Raynor/ Michelle Dassa, Quinnipiac
No. 2 Doubles: Sydney Young/ Rachel Horton, Quinnipiac
No. 3 Doubles: Sophia Dzulynsky/ Sitilia Rencheli, Quinnipiac
All-MAAC Second Team
No. 1 Singles: Sophia Dzulynsky, Quinnipiac
No. 2 Singles: Rina Sakia, Siena
No. 3 Singles: Sitilia Rencheli, Quinnipiac
No. 4 Singles: Sydney Young, Quinnipiac
No. 5 Singles: Maria Ortiz, Niagara
No. 6 Singles: Ariana Launie, Quinnipiac
No. 1 Doubles: Claire Schmitz/ Karly Pang, Marist and Ali Gerrity/ Mitsuki Fukamachi, Siena
No. 2 Doubles: Brooke Briseno/ Stella Peisakhova, Niagara
No. 3 Doubles: Allysa Singh/ Cassandra Braz, Siena
Player of the Year: Karly Pang, Marist
Rookie of the Year: Rina Sakia, Siena
Coach of the Year: Paula Miller, Quinnipiac