FLUSHING, N.Y. - UDC was selected, as the third best team in the ECC and in the past has been a strong candidate for the NCAA. However Queens once again, was victorious against this strong opponent winning by a score of 8-1.
Queens who has reached the NCAA Championship 16 straight years and has made it to the Final 16 five of the last seven years, welcomes four new players to its ranks. For the first time in many years, the year looks to be one of rebuilding with only one returning starter from last year. This is one of the youngest teams Coach Nagel has ever led with three freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and only one Senior. Last year's team had the best win/loss record in the school at 16-3 and finished #3 in the East and ranked as high as #21 in the country. Queens lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA Championship after leading 4-2 for a final score of 4-5.
At 1st doubles Saturday, team captain Angelika Sobiecka and junior newcomer Emy Alplund were victorious over Hadnadova and Skobkina 8-2. Both of these UDC athletes were named All ECC Conference players last year. At 2nd Doubles, Freshmen Laura Ortega Jover and Araceli Bel beat their opponents 8-2.
In the singles matches, Ortega Jover played 1st for Queens and beat Hadnadova 6-4, 3-6 (10-5) in a nail-biting tiebreaker. At 2nd singles, Ruth Arteza Martin lost 6-7, 6-8 in another exciting tiebreaker. At 3rd singles, the Sobiecka won her match 6-0, 6-2. At 4th singles, Alplund had an easy win at 6-2, 6-0. At 5th Singles Line Sorsdahl Aasen beat her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
Queens' record starts the season at 1-0 while UDC fell to 1-1. Next match for Queens is Friday 9/16/16 at St. Thomas Aquinas and Saturday 9/17/16 Queens will play Wilmington (DE) at home at 1:00pm.