The Quinnipiac University women’s tennis team earned the top seed for the 2014 MAAC Championship. The Bobcats had a successful first year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, finishing the season 8-0 in MAAC play and 11-10 overall.
The team started the season off slowly by going 3-9, but they would get hot when it counted the most in conference play by winning eight of their last nine games.
Quinnipiac was honored at this year’s annual awards banquet for earning the top seed. Sophomore Sophia Dzulynsky earned the MAAC Player of the Year award and head coach Mike Quitko was named the 2014 MAAC Coach of the Year.
One of the main reasons behind the Bobcats’ success was the team’s doubles pairings. As a team, each of the combined pairings finished the year with a record of 79-27 for a .745 win percentage.
Juniors Michelle Dassa and Jacqueline Raynor finished the season at 14-2, the freshman duo of Sydney Young and Rachel Horton earned a 14-5 mark while the best performances came from senior Mary Chupa and freshman Kelsi Oliphant who were undefeated (14-0) in their doubles matches.
Dzulynsky led the charge all season for the Bobcats in the singles matches. Other strong performances came from Ariana Launie (14-6), Raynor (17-10) and Oliphant (17-10).
The Bobcats will take on the Marist Red Foxes in tomorrow’s semifinals match. Quinnipiac earned a 5-2 win over Marist two weeks ago in their one regular season meeting.
Quinnipiac will be looking for its seventh Division I Conference Championship (first as a member of the MAAC) under Quitko after he led the Bobcats to six Northeast Conference championships from 2004-2008 and in 2011.
The MAAC Tournament begins tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. If Quinnipiac wins, they will advance to the MAAC Championship match which will begin on Sunday at 2 p.m.