Queens, N.Y. - The Queens College women’s tennis team continued its run of sustained success on Saturday by advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 13th straight season en route to a 5-0 blanking of Goldey Beacom in the regional semi-final on Saturday. The Knights will face local rival, Concordia College, in the regional final on Sunday.
Queens set the tone early on, by sweeping all three doubles matches to earn the first three points of the competition. Jen Fridman and Andrea Samson defeated Flipia Correia and Anastasia Melenikova at first doubles, 8-6. From there, Erika Goldsmith (who was feted in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match) teamed with Weronika Kurka to defeat Stephanie Puentas and Gabriela Chaves, 9-7. The third QC team of Anna Rodionova and Francesca Franchin beat Vanessa Leon and Rocio Cavanillas, 8-1, for the third point.
In singles play, Fridman and Rodionova took the final two points, beating their opponents, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. In the other matches, Puentas led Goldsmith 6-4, 3-0, Fanchin led Cavanillas 4-3, Samson took a set from Blanca Sancho 6-2, 2-3, while Daniela Celi (who was also honored in the Senior Day ceremony) won the first set against Bonomo, 6-2.
With the win, the Knights are ranked 36th in the nation and have appeared in the NCAA tournament for the 13th straight season. The victory, which marked the 5th straight year the team reached the round of 32, also gives them the opportunity to reach the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, having reached that round in 2010, 2011 and 2012.