Women’s Tennis awaits first-round NCAA opponent
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
April 22, 2008
HAMDEN — After dropping a 7-0 decision in their regular-season finale at Stony Brook, Women’s Tennis Head Coach Mike Quitko said his squad would have to put up a dominating effort in order to clinch a fifth consecutive championship in the Northeast Conference tournament.
The events over the past weekend from the Mercer County Tennis Center in New Jersey prove the top-seeded Bobcats did just that, knocking off Saint Francis (PA), Mount Saint Mary’s, then Long Island University to secure the NEC crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“It feels great, “said Quitko. “The kids played very hard and I’m elated to pull a championship out of this.”
The Bobcats locked up the victory on Sunday when sophomore Mary Wilson defeated LIU’s Selma Babic, 6-4, 6-3, clinching the decisive point in singles action.
Senior star Amanda Petruzzi added to a victorious afternoon for Quinnipiac, and also made some history in the process. She scored a double-winner for the Bobcats and coasted to a straight-set victory in singles action, picking up her 100th and 101st wins of her illustrious career.
“She was a great contributor,” said Quitko of Wilson. “LIU was a tough match, but she and Amanda were great. I thought everyone was instrumental in getting the win.”
The Bobcats didn’t waste much time getting back into the swing of things, as they resumed practice this week in preparation for their first-round opponent in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Quitko may not know who his team will face in the opener, but knows that whomever they’re matched up against, it’s going to be a daunting task because it will likely be against a top-16 foe from one of the powerhouse conferences.
Quitko, though, says he doesn’t see it as pressure because he likes a good challenge.
“We like to have fun with the selections,” he said. “It’s great for us and great for the school. We love going out and representing our university well.”
The pairings will be announced next Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. on ESPNEWS.