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The Rutgers tennis team begins its biggest stretch of the season today when it travels to Queens to face Big East Conference opponent St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights (10-6, 4-2) are coming off a loss in their last match. Rutgers’ most recent loss came to a Yale team Saturday that is one of the strongest in the country. The Knights look to build off the high level of play that took place during that match.
The Rutgers tennis team is getting ready to enter their biggest stretch of the season this week. The Scarlet Knights have four Big East matches in a row to finish the year before the Big East Championships. The Knights begin the conference stretch Thursday against St. John’s — followed by two home matches against Syracuse and Seton Hall. Rutgers finishes the regular season away against Georgetown.
Junior Vanessa Petrini and Rutgers enter a four-game stretch that will decide the Knights’ seed in the?Big East Tournament.
Yale defeated the Rutgers tennis team Saturday with a score of 6-1. The Scarlet Knights (10-6) will go into the final portion of their season with four straight Big East matchups. The Knights knew this would be a difficult matchup, and it proved to be exactly that. Yale won all three doubles matches early on and followed by winning five of the six singles matches on its way to the victory. Rutgers gained its only point for the match from a singles victory by junior Stefania Balasa.
The Rutgers women’s tennis team travels Saturday to Yale for a match against the Bulldogs. It will be the final non-conference match of the year for both schools. The Scarlet Knights enter this match with wins in three straight matches. Rutgers has become adjusted to the outdoor game once again after playing indoors during the winter season.
Riding a two-match losing streak from this past weekend, the Rutgers tennis team looks to get back on track today against Houston. The Scarlet Knights (6-4, 3-2) are coming off a difficult road trip and look to regroup at home, while the Cougars (9-4) will be finishing up a road trip of their own. “We just need to keep faith. We’re a talented team,” said head coach Ben Bucca about his team’s mindset going into the match. “This is a good opportunity to go out and try to play our best tennis.”
The Rutgers tennis team competed in two road matches over the weekend, falling against both West Virginia and Pittsburgh. “I think I speak for the whole team when I say we’re disappointed,” said head coach Ben Bucca. The losses broke Rutgers’ (6-4, 3-1) four-match winning streak. “They were both good teams, which we knew going into these matches,” said freshman Gina Li. “The travel this weekend made things a little tougher, but we gave it our best shot. Bad days happen sometimes.”
Sophomore Noor Judeh was one of only three players to win in singles play over the weekend, both losses for Rutgers.
The Rutgers tennis team takes its four-match winning streak on the road this weekend when it faces West Virginia tomorrow and Pittsburgh on Sunday in back-to-back outings. The Scarlet Knights (6-2, 3-0) have played well since their Feb. 16 shutout against Princeton. With wins against both programs last season, it would not be a stretch for Rutgers to continue its current streak.
Vanessa Petrini competes in the No. 1 position this weekend for Rutgers as it tries to sweep wins against conference foes.
The Rutgers tennis team notched its third shutout of the season thanks to a 7-0 effort Tuesday against Connecticut. The victory extended the Scarlet Knights’ (6-2, 3-0) current winning streak to four. “This was a strong win against a Connecticut team that is a lot better than their record shows,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “The challenge in this match was to bring the energy and focus that we have brought to our past few matches, and the girls really stepped up to the plate and got the job done.”
The Rutgers tennis team delivered a victory against Marquette on Friday for the Scarlet Knights’ third victory in a row. The win also broke a streak of three consecutive losses to the Golden Eagles. “This was a big confidence booster for us,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “Marquette is always one of the leading teams in the Big East.” The Knights (5-2, 2-0) took the doubles point behind another strong performance from junior Vanessa Petrini and freshman Gina Li, who defeated Rocio Diaz and Ali Dawson, 8-2, in the opening match.
The Rutgers tennis team faces a major test today against Marquette in its second conference match. “This is an important Big East match, especially since we have not had a lot of recent success against Marquette,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “I’m looking forward to this match on our home court with this current wave of confidence and our recent success.” Recent history has shown that Marquette (9-4, 0-1) has been a problem for the Scarlet Knights in recent history. The Golden Eagles have won four out of their last five matches against the Knights, including wins in their last three matches.
Juinor Vanessa Petrini is tied with teammate Gina Li for the team lead in singles wins. Petrini holds a 5-1 record on the season.
The Rutgers tennis team won its second consecutive match Friday against Army, 7-0, its second shutout of the season. “This has to go down as one of the most hard-fought matches that I’ve seen as a head coach,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “This is a huge confidence booster for the team.” In singles play, Rutgers (4-2) looked to its wins leaders to get it jumpstarted. Junior Vanessa Petrini dominated the No. 1 singles match with a shutout, 6-0, 6-0, against Erin Colton.
After splitting two matches last weekend, the Rutgers tennis team’s focus shifts to a road match Friday against Army. This matchup features two teams this season who have started off strong. The Scarlet Knights (3-2, 1-0) are coming off of 4-3 win Sunday against Cincinnati for the their first Big East victory and their third win in four matches. Army (5-1) is experiencing a two-match winning streak.
It was a busy President’s Day weekend for the Rutgers tennis team. The Scarlet Knights began it with a 7-0 loss to Princeton on Saturday, but bounced back in their Big East opener Sunday against the Cincinnati Bearcats, 4-3. Despite being shut out the day before, Rutgers responded in its close victory against the Bearcats.
At the beginning of the fall season, it was unclear how the Rutgers tennis team would perform. With no seniors on the roster and only two juniors, the Scarlet Knights were mostly inexperienced. Despite their youthful roster, the Knights were successful during the fall tournament season. “The fall was very productive, and this team has really settled into a very well-functioning unit,” said head coach Ben Bucca. Rutgers displayed that productivity in all three major tournaments it competed in this fall.
Facing triple match point and down, 5-1, in the third set of the quarterfinals, Rutgers tennis team junior Vanessa Petrini was all but finished Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships. Then something rare happened, as she battled back from down, 40-0, winning the seventh game of a deciding set to bring the match to 5-2 against fifth-seeded Jessica Wacnik of Boston College. Petrini then rallied to win the next five games, winning the set, 7-5, and advancing to the semifinals of the tournament for the second straight year.
Junior Vanessa Petrini advanced farther than any Knight ever at the ITA Regional Championships last weekend.