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WEST WINDSOR, New Jersey – The Quinnipiac women's tennis team clinched their second consecutive MAAC Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-0 sweep of the Niagara Purple Eagles Sunday afternoon at the Mercer County Tennis Center.
With the victory, the Bobcats also clinch the MAAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with their date, time and opponent to be determined at the NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show on Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.. The Bobcats are now the fourth Quinnipiac team this season to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, joining the Men's and Women's Ice Hockey and Women's Basketball teams with NCAA Tournament appearances.
For the second straight season, the Bobcats were a perfect 10-0 against MAAC opponents on their way to their third conference championship out of the last five seasons.
Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York) was named the Most Outstanding Player at the tournament for the second straight season after winning three matches and extending her personal winning streak to 24 matches. Raynor now has 48 victories this season and 169 in her four-year career.
Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) clinched the Bobcats championship victory with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in singles to win the Quinnipiac women's tennis team's eighth conference championship in the Division I era (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015).
Sophia Dzulynsky (Miramar, Florida) joined Raynor as the only two Bobcats to win two matches in the championship victory over the Purple Eagles.
The Bobcats set the tone early in the match as they clinched the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead over the Purple Eagles. Dzulynsky and Sitilia Rencheli (Sarasota, Florida) went on cruise control and won their doubles match against Iva Celan and Ashley Ta in No. 3 doubles easily, 8-1. Raynor and Michelle Dassa (Marlboro, New Jersey) continued their impressive run in doubles together as they held on to defeat Maria Ortiz and Paulina Vasquez in No. 1 doubles, 8-5.
Young and Rachel Horton (Stamford, Connecticut) were at match point against Brooke Briseno and Stella Peisakhova when Raynor and Dassa clinched the doubles point, so the No. 2 doubles match was unfinished at 7-6.
Raynor was the first singles match complete to keep the momentum in the Bobcats favor as she did not lose a single game to Ta in the 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles. Shortly after Raynor's sweep, Dzulynsky came off the court with the Bobcats third victory of the match as she defeated Celan at No. 1 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Young clinched the championship with her 6-1, 6-4 win over Peisakhova at No. 4 singles.
Three matches went unfinished for the Bobcats as Rencheli was on the verge of clinching the match herself as she was one game away from winning, 6-3, 5-3 over Velasquez in No. 3 singles. Dassa and Horton were on the verge of forcing third sets. Horton competed at No. 5 singles against Ortiz and had the match stopped with championship clinched at 4-6, 5-5. Dassa was nearing a third set matchup with Briseno at No. 6 singles but the match was left unfinished at 5-7, 5-3.
#1 – Raynor/Dassa (QU) def. Ortiz/Velasquez (NU): 8-5
#2 – Horton/Young (QU) def. Peisakhova/Briseno (NU): 7-6, unfinished
#3 – Dzulynsky/Rencheli (QU) def. Celan/Ta (NU): 8-1
#1 – Dzulynsky (QU) def. Celan (NU): 6-3, 6-1
#2 – Raynor (QU) def. Ta (NU): 6-0, 6-0
#3 – Rencheli (QU) vs. Velasquez (NU): 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
#4 – Young (QU) def. Peisakhova (NU): 6-1, 6-4
#5 – Horton (QU) vs. Ortiz (NU): 4-6. 5-5, unfinished
#6 – Dassa (QU) vs. Briseno (NU): 5-7, 5-3, unfinished
The Bobcats will await to find out their NCAA Tournament match's date, time and opponent when they are revealed on the NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 5 p.m.