If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, and try again. For The Long Island University Women’s Tennis team, the sixth time truly was the charm.
LIU, using an all around team effort, defeated Quinnipiac to win its first-ever Northeast Conference championship. The Blackbirds finally broke through after being defeated by the Bobcats in the last five NEC tournament finals.
Long Island started strong as juniors Selma Babic and H’Ann Johnson defeated the Quinnipiac duo of Mary Wilson and Adrienne Markison, 8-1, at the top doubles spot. Then the LIU No. 2 team of seniors Ashley Harvey and Amy Hosotsuji defeated Natalie Duckor and Lisanne Steinert, 8-3 to win the doubles point.
On the singles side, Babic put away Wilson at No. 1 by a 6-4, 6-1 margin, giving Long Island a 2-0 lead in the match. Later, Duckor defeated Johnson at the third spot, 6-3, 6-2 as Harvey was about to serve match point in her No. 2 match against Markison. Harvey won the point, taking the match 6-4, 6-1, giving LIU a commanding 3-1 lead.
Just as Harvey had finished off her win, Hosotsuji, who had been leading her match against Nicole Adams, was seen heading down the hill from the No. 6 court, victorious with a 6-1, 6-3 decision.
The Blackbirds will await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket. The first and second rounds will start on May 8.