SKILLMAN, New Jersey – The Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Team was recently named as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team, and graduated senior Jacqueline Raynor (Garden City, New York) and rising junior Sitilia Rencheli (Sarasota, Florida) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
This season marks the first time the Quinnipiac women's tennis team and its players have been honored with ITA Academic honors since the 2010 season when the team and seven members were honored.
In order to qualify as an ITA All-Academic Team, a program must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale for the current academic year. For individual players earning ITA Scholar-Athlete status, they must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale for the current academic year and be at the school for at least two semesters.
Raynor's ITA Scholar Athlete honor is just the latest award in her tremendous senior season. Previously this year, Raynor was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) Most Outstanding Player for the second straight season, named to the All-MAAC First Team in No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, named to the MAAC All-Academic Team, Quinnipiac's Team MVP, Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month in May, named the MAAC Player of the Week four times and ECAC Player of the Week five times.
Raynor also became the winningest Quinnipiac women's tennis player in program history as she surpassed Stephanie Petrycki's career wins record of 165 with her 169th victory. Raynor was an impressive 48-13 as a senior, setting the single-season program record for wins and doubles wins (29) with her remarkable year. Raynor is also first in the program record books with 100 career doubles wins and is second with 69 career singles wins.
Rencheli was an important player for the Bobcats this season after transferring from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rencheli finished the season with a 25-15 record, playing primarily at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles. She went 8-7 in singles play and 17-8 in doubles, including a 5-0 mark in MAAC doubles matches. Rencheli was named to the All-MAAC First Team at No. 3 doubles and All-MAAC Second Team at No. 3 singles, as well as to the MAAC All-Academic Team this season.
The Bobcats put up one of their best seasons in program history, going 14-9 and qualifying for their eighth NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac won the MAAC Women's Tennis Tournament for the second consecutive season, improving to 20-0 in conference matches in the MAAC. Head Coach Paula Miller was named the MAAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year and every member of the primary lineup was honored with an All-MAAC Selection.