Quinnipiac women’s tennis wins MAAC championship for fifth straight year

By Bill Ruocco

For the fifth consecutive year, the Quinnipiac women’s tennis team is the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions. The Bobcats defeated the Marist Red Foxes 4-1 on Sunday to seal their fifth title in as many years as they’ve been in the MAAC.

After shutting out Niagara University yesterday 4-0, Quinnipiac was able to hold on to beat Marist in New Jersey at Mercer County Tennis Center.

Although dominance has become a normalcy for the team, Paula Miller, the director of Quinnipiac tennis and the women's team’s head coach, says it never gets any easier.

“Everyone always talks about the success,” Miller said. “But every time we come out here to play I feel the nerves and every year the teams actually compete harder against us.”

Miller added that nerves aside, she will always believe in her team.

“I'm always worried but I have the faith in my girls to come out and win,” Miller said.

For this team, faith and trust is a necessity due to the youth of the roster since all of the starters were either juniors or freshmen.

The younger teams came through today when the team needed them most, even after a tough start.

“Payton (Bradley) at number three was down five-one in the second set and ended up coming back and winning the set so my freshmen are tough,” Miller added.

However, the success was not held to only one freshman.

“Two of three (freshmen) ended up winning singles matches for me that so that tells you right there how they are under pressure as freshmen,” Miller said.

Without one senior on the roster, it is important that you build a foundation for a team right from the bottom.

For Quinnipiac, the future looks bright.

“You always think its something you're gonna have to build,” Miller said. “But then they come in and they grow. But to have that coming as freshmen, I think they’re just going to get tougher and tougher as the years go on.”