FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 28, 2018) - The Queens College women's tennis team fought until the bitter end on Sunday (Oct. 28) and the end was truly bitter with the Knights losing in the East Coast Conference Tournament Championship match to arch-rival NYIT by a 4-3 score at the Queens College Tennis Center.
The Knights and Bears played a competitive match that went almost a full four hours as the teams fought tooth and nail for the coveted conference trophy. Doubles play began the affair with three matches to decide the first point of the championship. At the No. 2 tandem, NYIT's Ivana Andric and Cosima Hoch ran off a 6-2 win against QC's Marisa Ostoja and Louisa Brunetti. The Knights would level the doubles score as the top-seeded team of Reehan Rashad and Luisa Auffarth dismissed Barbie Quagliardi and Diana Baumgartnere by the same score. The eyes of the fans at the QC Tennis Center then went to the third tandem, which would decide the victor of the doubles match. A back-and-forth ensued between QC's team of Laura Ortega Jover and Anica Knezevic and NYIT's tandem of Monica Borobia and Ann-Kathrin Zilles. The contest went to a tiebreak, with both teams having opportunities to close out the point for their side; ultimately, however, it was NYIT that picked up the 7-6 (9-7) victory to give the second-seeded visitors the 1-0 lead.
Singles play would decide the contest and the final three matches to be completed went the distance. Queens leveled the overall match score at 1-1 thanks to Ostoja's easy 6-2, 6-3 win on Andric at the third-flight of singles play. The tie was short-lived, however, as Hoch bested Brunetti at fourth-singles (6-3, 6-3). Ortega Jover needed a little extra magic at No. 5 singles to take down Antonella Lopez by a 6-3, 7-5 score to knot the match at 2-all. That left the match to be decided by singles play at the first-, second- and sixth flights.
At No. 6, Ruth Artaza Martin faced off with Borobia and won a 6-2 first set and was cruising towards victory until Borobia came back from 4-1 down to earn a 7-5 second set win. The match ended up going to a third set, where order was restored and Artaza Martin knocked off her competition by a 6-2 margin. That meant Queens was leading 3-2 with one point needed to secure the conference championship; at second-singles, Auffarth lost a 6-2 first set to Baumgartnere before storming back to win a 6-3 second set. But NYIT would level the match as the Bears' No. 2 singles player posted another 6-2 win. With the match down to the final point, top-singles would decide the affair with Rashad and Quagliardi duking it out in a classic bout. The senior bested the freshman in the first set by a 6-4 score, but Quaglardi earned the second-set win by a 7-5 margin. In the third set, Rashad went ahead 3-1 before Quagliardi battled through a twisted ankle to level the score at 3-all. The back-and-forth persisted with the two players trading forehands, backhands, points and games up through a 5-5 score. Quagliardi went up 6-5, however, and served out the match to pick up the win and the conference title.
This concludes the fall season for the Queens College women's tennis team; the Knights will return to action in spring in hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament once again. Continue to follow along at www.queensknights.com for all the latest news and information concerning the Knights.