Brunetti and Ostoja Make ITA East Region Singles Semifinals; Doubles Tandems in Semifinals as Well

Brunetti and Ostoja Make ITA East Region Singles Semifinals; Doubles Tandems in Semifinals as Well

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 16, 2018) - Four singles players and four doubles tandems remain in both the men's and women's draws at the ITA East Region Tournament at the USTA National Tennis Center after Sunday's (Sept. 16) Round of 16 and quarterfinal match-ups. The Queens College tennis program will have representation in women's doubles and both men's and women's singles following the action in Flushing Meadows, with a possible all-QC championship match-up in women's singles competition.

Women's Singles - Day 3 Action

Louisa Brunetti and Marisa Ostoja started the day in the Round of 16 on the opposite side of the bracket. In the top section, Brunetti faced off with NYIT's Cosima Hoch and claimed the opening set by a 6-3 margin. The junior from Sweden lost a tough second set by a 7-5 score which forced a third-set tiebreak; Brunetti came out victorious by a 1-0 (7) margin to advance to the quarterfinals where she would meet another NYIT representative---Diana Baumgartnere. In the quarterfinal match-up, Brunetti cruised through a straight-sets win (7-5, 6-0) to make the last four of play. Ostoja, meanwhile, took on top-ranked doubles player Lotte Lesscher Y Post of Goldey-Beacom in the Round of 16. The junior transfer from Croatia won a 7-5, 6-3 contest to move on to the quarterfinals where she would meet and dispatch of Stonehill's Isabelle Porter (6-4, 6-4).

Brunetti and Ostoja can meet in the championship final if both players are able to come away with victories in the semifinals. In the top section, Brunetti will meet up-start Roberts Wesleyan's Nthabi Mogopodi. The senior Redhawk from Botswana has won three of her four matches in the main singles draw in three sets, including two back-to-back victories on Sunday in which the third set went 10-8 in favor of Mogopodi. Whereas Brunetti advanced to the semifinals by beating two of NYIT's top tennis players, Ostoja needs to beat a third Bear in order to make the championship. That would be Barbara Quagliardi, who has not lost a set so far in the main draw of ITA singles action.

Women's Doubles - Day 3 Action

The Knights had three tandems still playing on Sunday in the Round of 16, but by the end of the day the duo of Reehan Rashad and Luisa Auffarth stood standing to represent Queens College. The duo, which has been QC's No. 1 tandem so far this season, opened play in the Round of 16 against Stonehill's Porter and Bethany Hammond and beat the team from the Skyhawks by an 8-1 margin. Rashad and Auffarth then squared off with Concordia's Franziska Putschbach and Kristel Kalm, knocking off the Clippers' duo in an 8-5 victory. 

QC's other doubles tandems were knocked out in the Round of 16 by teams comprised of players that the Knights also saw in singles play. In the top section of the bracket, Brunetti and Ostoja were defeated by top-seeds Lotte Lesscher Y Post and Catarina Zheng of Goldey-Beacom (8-6); meanwhile Laura Ortega Jover and Ruth Artaza Martin were eliminated in an 8-4 decision by NYIT's Quagliardi and Baumgartnere.

Rashad and Auffarth will face Lesscher Y Post and Zheng in the doubles semifinals on Monday.

Men's Singles - Day 3 Action

Cosme Jubera, Kareem Rashad and Richard Sec started the day off in the Round of 16 for the Knights in the men's singles draw but none of the three players advanced to Monday's final four. Jubera and Rashad both won their Round of 16 matches, with Jubera winning 6-1, 6-2 over Le Moyne's Xavier Graells before losing 4-6, 6-0, 0-1 (6) to Concordia's William Lindqvist Nilsson in the quarterfinals. Rashad, meanwhile, made the last eight in his first tournament with the Queens College men's tennis team by winning a 6-4, 6-1 match against Andrea Hernandez of Le Moyne. Rashad however could not keep the momentum going, losing a 6-3, 7-5 match to Michele Fenoaltea of Concordia in the quarterfinals. Fenoaltea got to the quarters by defeating QC's Richard Sec in a 7-6, 6-4 match.

Men's Doubles - Day 3 Action

Jubera and Sec made it into the final four of doubles play in the bottom section of the bracket, first dispatching of Chestnut Hill's Erik Jorsel and Thomas Pitchley in the Round of 16 by an 8-4 score. The tandem then faced Concordia's team of Linqvist Nilsson and Maximillian Grundman, where it was Queens coming out on top in an 8-3 win over the Clippers. The other doubles tandem in the Round of 16 representing Queens was Nick Volos and Hugo Evangelista de Andrade, but the duo was eliminated by Boyd Blackburn and Guido Janssen of Roberts Wesleyan in a Round of 16 match-up.

Jubera and Sec will have to topple the duo of twins Bas and Willem van Biezen of Southern New Hampshire in Monday's semifinals to advance to the championship. The QC tandem could face Blackburn and Janssen in the final or face top-seeds Fenoaltea and Eymric Chevalier of Concordia.