SURPRISE, Ariz. (May 8, 2018) – The magic just was not there for a second consecutive match as the Queens College women's tennis team could not summon a comeback from 3-0 down one more time. The Knights fell in the NCAA Division II Round of 16 to Missouri-St. Louis on Tuesday (May 8) by a 5-0 score in Surprise, Ariz. to eliminate Queens from postseason competition.
No. 23 UMSL opened up a 3-0 lead on Queens with the Tritons sweeping doubles competition after a delayed start due to the prior match between Northeastern State and Indiana (PA) running late. The Knights fell first at third-doubles with Araceli Bel Aleixendri and Line Sorsdahl Aasen being defeated by an 8-2 score to Annie Hays and Janet Auclair. The 8-2 score was the same result at second-doubles, with Salome Bleuler and Kristine Lindal of Missouri-St. Louis beating QC's Emy Alplund and Louisa Brunetti. The top tandem was last to finish with UMSL's Leticia Lunge and Marina Prediger knocking off Laura Ortega Jover and Reehan Rashad by an 8-4 margin.
The eight games combined won by the Knights were four times the amount of games that the squad claimed one year ago in the Round of 16 against BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders also made quick work of Queens that year in singles; this year, however, the Knights and the Tritons put forth a dizzying battle with four of the six matches going to a third set. QC had its back against the wall early as Lindal bested Brunetti in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) at third-singles to put UMSL one match win away from the shut-out win. The Tritons ended up clinching the match at second-singles with Prediger fighting off Ortega Jover in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in to lock up the fifth point.
Queens posted a valiant battle in singles play with the Knights in every single match until the bitter end. Rashad had come back after losing the first set 4-6 at No. 1 singles to Bleuler to notch a second-set win by a 6-4 margin; the 66th-ranked singles player in the nation was up 2-0 in the third set at the time of the match conclusion. Alplund, meanwhile, grabbed the first set at fourth-singles against Hays by a 7-5 score but dropped the second set 6-3. At the fifth flight of singles, Bel Alexiendri lost the first set 6-2 to Lunge before winning the middle set by a 6-4 score. The two were tied at 2-all in the final set. Lastly, Ruth Artaza Martin defeated Auclair by a 7-6 (7-4) result in the opening set but was down in the second set 6-5 when the match concluded.