Saints Eliminated By Undefeated Bobcats in MAAC Championship

April 30, 2017

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Quinnipiac picked up their fourth straight MAAC Championship with a 4-2 win over Siena Women’s Tennis. The Saints made their first MAAC Championship appearance since 2006.

When doubles started, both teams came ready to play for a MAAC Championship trophy. The Bobcats quickly took the win on court three 6-1. Doubles pair Ali Garrity and Mitsuki Fukamachi ended their season with an undefeated dual doubles record, 19-0. With court three going to Quinnipiac and court two going Siena’s way it all came down to Ivana Boberic and Natalie Weaver on court two for the doubles point. After a long battle back-and-forth, the Bobcats clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at doubles two.

Down 1-0, the Saints knew they needed four of the six singles courts to take the championship trophy to Loudonville. At singles six, Anessa Leyva put up a fight but the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the game after winning 6-2, 6-2. It wasn’t long after that point that Fukamachi came out strong with a two-set sweep at third singles to put the Saints in the match down 2-1.

Garrity powered her way through at singles one and took down MAAC Player of the Year Sitilia Rencheli who had only lost one conference match this year. Garrity’s victory tied the match 2-2. After falling in the first set 6-0, Boberic came back in the second set to force a second set tiebreaker, but would eventually fall 7-6 (6-2) and Quinnipiac went back up 3-2.

The Bobcats needed just one point to clinch to victory. On courts four and five, Weaver and Rina Sakai had already forced a third set. Both fell in the first and came back in the second to force the third. Weaver battled through the third set, but Sydney Young took advantage and clinched the fourth straight MAAC Championship for Quinnipiac.

The Saints ended their season with an 18-2 record. Siena started the season 15-0 to imprint their name in Siena history as the best start to a season since Men’s Basketball went 14-0 in 1949-50.