The Quinnipiac women’s tennis team swept Monmouth 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Guilford. The Bobcats (8-7, 2-0 MAAC) extended their winning streak to six games and the Hawks (3-10, 0-2 MAAC) lost their seventh in a row. The Bobcats have won their last nine games against the Hawks.
Although the Bobcats are 6-7 outside of conference play, head coach Paula Miller said she deliberately set a tough schedule so the team would be ready for the MAAC game.
“We have seven losses because we played against very good teams,” Miller said. “It’s to prepare for MAAC and hopefully we can win all of our games.”
The Bobcats snatched the doubles point, winning all three games. Senior Kamilla Nella and junior Alessia Truden played the No. 1 doubles. After taking an early two-game lead, the next three games were tied 2-1 in favor of the Hawks.
Nella and Truden won the next four matches, winning the set 6-2. Graduate student Brittney Wilbur and junior Claire Koscielski played the No. 2 doubles. They won two of the first three games to make it 2-1. Much like the No. 1 doubles team, Wilbur and Koscielski won the next four matches, giving them a 6-1 victory.
The No. 3 doubles match, played by graduate student Dominique Vasile and junior Jordan Bradley for Quinnipiac, went back and forth until the end. The Hawks took a 2-0 lead before the Bobcats tied it 2-2. The two teams would then trade wins until it was 5-5, bringing the win-by-two rule into play. The Bobcats won the next two games and won the game 7-5.
Quinnipiac won every singles match. Truden moved into first place in the singles and easily won 6-0, 6-1. After winning his weekend games against No. 2 Niagara, Miller said Truden had proven himself after recovering from injury. Nella moved up to number 2 in singles and split the first two sets, losing the first 6-4 before winning the next 6-3. The next set was a 10-point tiebreaker which Nella won 10-3.
“Kam did a great job,” Miller said. “It’s not hitting her, she won by one. I think the best for the team and for winning is Lessi at one, Kam at two and Claire at three which gives us one, two and three wins. But again, that could change the next game, so you never know.
The remaining matches were not pushed to a third set. Koscielski (6-1, 6-2) is 10-5 in singles matches this year and 6-0 in his last six singles matches. Vasile (6-2, 6-0), Bradley (6-4, 6-1) and Wilbur (6-1, 6-2) all came away with straight-set wins. Wilbur showed exceptional defense when playing close to the net, as the ball was kicked back and forth without ever touching the ground like badminton.
The Bobcats travel to Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to face the Rider Broncs (3-4, 0-1 MAAC) on April 7, in their third of six MAAC matchups to end the regular season.