FLUSHING, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2018) - The Queens College men's and women's tennis teams saw their run at the ITA East Regional Tournament come to a bitter end on Monday (Sept. 17) as the Knights were bounced in the semifinals of the men's and women's doubles and women's singles competitions.
Richard Sec and Cosme Jubera competed on the men's doubles flight and had a semifinal match-up with the brothers Van Biezen---Willem and Bas---from Southern New Hampshire University. On the hard-courts of the USTA National Tennis Center, it would be the tandem from the Penmen that claimed an 8-6 victory to advance to the championship match. The Van Biezen boys, however, came up short in losing a three-set classic by scores of 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (12) to the top-seeded duo from Concordia comprised of Eymric Chevalier and Michele Fenoaltea.
In the women's doubles draw, Reehan Rashad and Luisa Auffarth had their hands full with the top team of Lotte Lesscher Y Post and Catarina Zheng of Goldey-Beacom in the first semifinal. The match ended up in favor of the top-seed, but a 9-7 victory showed the fight and grit in the Knights' top doubles tandem. Diana Baumgartnere and Barbara Quagliardi of NYIT defeated Lesscher Y Post and Zheng in the finals of the doubles tournament by scores of 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (4).
Queens placed two players into the women's singles semifinals with dreams of an all-Knights final very much intact as Louisa Brunetti faced Roberts Wesleyan's Nathabi Mogopodi while Marisa Ostoja tangled with doubles champion Quagliardi. Both matches went two sets, but Brunetti and Ostoja were on the losing end of the results: Brunetti fell 6-2, 6-4 to Mogopodi and Ostoja was dispatched by Quagliardi with scores of 6-3, 6-4.