FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College women's tennis team opened up the fall season on a winning note on Friday, as the Knights took down West Liberty in a 7-2 decision from the QC Tennis Courts. The Hilltoppers went 12-5 last season and were ranked in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region rankings.
Queens hopped out to an early lead by taking two of the three doubles matches. The Knights then put it away by winning five singles matches, many of which came in convincing fashion.
Juniors Reehan Rashad and Laura Ortega Jover started things off with an 8-4 win at top doubles. Senior Emy Alplund and sophomore newcomer Louisa Brunetti then teamed up for an 8-5 win in the second spot to give Queens a 2-0 lead. West Liberty took third doubles, as the two teams entered singles play with Queens on top, 2-1.
Rashad dominated at top flight singles, claiming a 6-3, 6-0 win. Brunetti followed suit, making a strong impression in her Queens debut by cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win at second singles. Ortega Jover fought for a thrilling three-set win in the third position, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and Alplund added a 6-2, 6-3 win in the fourth spot. The Hilltoppers took fifth singles, but sophomore Araceli Bel Aleixendri claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6.
Queens will remain at home for its next two matches, as the Knights will jump into East Coast Conference (ECC) action against Roberts Wesleyan on Friday, Sept. 8, before facing Daemen the next day.