The Quinnipiac women’s tennis team is back in the postseason for the first time since 2011, securing an auto-bid after a huge come from behind performance at the MAAC tournament last weekend.
“We lost the first five out of six sets and then we just said, you know what, we don’t have to be nervous. There’s nothing to be nervous about,” said head coach Mike Quitko. “We do this everyday, and those student athletes rose to the occasion.”
It’s safe to say the 13-10 Bobcats plan to use that momentum; Proud of the performance that showed off the defining traits of this team.
“Always fighting, and never giving up no matter what the score is,” said lone senior, Mary Chupa. “So, I think if we bring that into the NCAA’s, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
And On Tuesday, the team learned where they would be bringing that fight. During the NCAA Selection Show, the team was matched up against #9 Stanford; and when their name appeared, they just soaked it all in.
“Ever since we were little girls we dreamed about making the NCAA’s,” said freshman Sydney Young. “It feels really good to see our name up there for the first time in a while.”
It was a tough draw for the Bobcats because Stanford is one on the top 16 teams in the tournament. And while Quinnipiac knows quite a bit about the Cardinal from studying their scouting report, they’re focusing their practices on the one thing they can control, which is how they play.
“We know it’s going to be a tough match, but having said that, we have nothing to lose so we can just go out and have fun, and play really well…and fight really hard,” said Chupa.
“As we come to the tournament, each time we build more confidence, and we believe that we belong. This team, no question, believes that they belong.”
The team will leave for California on Wednesday (5/7), and then face perennial power Stanford next Friday (5/9) in the first round.