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With a No. 8 seed in the Big East Tournament, the Rutgers tennis team enters its match against No. 9 Cincinnati today off of its most recent victory: a 6-1 win against West Virginia. “To have such a convincing win against West Virginia was good,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “Our win reflects the high quality of play that we have been experiencing.” That play, which includes six straight Big East wins, aids the Scarlet Knights, who compete in the first round of the tournament.
Freshman Lindsey Balsamo teams with senior Morgan Ivey in the No. 2 doubles position. The pair sports an 12-8 record this season, with its lastest victory coming against West Virginia.
Senior Morgan Ivey competes today in her final Big East Tournament.
After ending the Big East portion of its schedule on a six-match winning streak, the Rutgers tennis team earned a No. 8 seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament. It matches the Scarlet Knights up with the No. 9 seed Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round, which takes place tomorrow in Tampa. The Knights made it into the tournament by finishing among the top 12 in the Big East with a 7-3 conference record.
Senior No. 2 singles Jennifer Holzberg returns a volley Sunday against West Virginia. Holzberg and the Knights earned a?No. 8 seed in the Big East Tournament, facing Cincinnati.
For the Rutgers women’s tennis team, Sunday marked the last time its senior class took the court at the Rutgers Tennis Complex. But the emotional match resulted in a Scarlet Knights victory, defeating West Virginia, 6-1, in the Knights’ regular-season finale. While the match was bittersweet for Jennifer Holzberg, the senior was satisfied her last home match was a win. “It felt good,” Holzberg said.
The doubles victory was the pair’s third in its last four matches and its second of the weekend, when the Knights went 2-0 overall to end their regular season.
Sophomore Vanessa Petrini secured a victory Sunday in No. 2 doubles play with senior Jennifer Holzberg, 8-3, against West Virginia.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Overcast weather is not something the Rutgers tennis team usually has to factor in when it takes the court. But with the sun coming and going as it pleased — coupled with spurts of rain and wind yesterday — the Scarlet Knights secured a victory against in-state rival Seton Hall, 6-1. Assistant coach Hilary Tyler, who coached the team for the day, did not mind the weather, which resulted in suspended play twice during the match.
Sophomore Vanessa Petrini lost in first singles in a 10-6 tiebreaker yesterday against Seton Hall, but the Knights captured their three remaining singles matches. Sophomore Stefania Balasa and senior Morgan Ivey won in straight sets.
With three games standing between the Rutgers tennis team and the Big East Tournament, senior Morgan Ivey knows how vital it is for the Scarlet Knights to finish strong. “It’s extremely important,” Ivey said. “It pretty much determines where we will stand in rankings going into the tournament. It determines if you will be playing the No. 1 seed in the second round or whether you play the fourth seed in the second round, so it’s a big difference.”
The Knights have yet to lose to Seton Hall in senior Morgan Ivey’s tenure at Rutgers, which hopes to extend its streak today against the Pirates.
Sophomore Stefania Balasa has won all of her singles matches in the Knights’ last three Big East matches, all wins.
With back-to-back losses during the weekend to Yale and Denver, it was important for the Rutgers tennis team to get back above .500 entering the later part of its schedule. The Scarlet Knights accomplished it emphatically yesterday in a 7-0 win against Connecticut to move to 9-8 this season. “We played very strong tennis today,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “This was a very good day for Rutgers tennis.”
Senior Morgan Ivey won in straight sets against Connecticut’s Maxene Weinberg yesterday by a score of 6-0, 6-0. The win gives Ivey 11, tied for the team lead.
If there is one thing Morgan Ivey and the rest of the Rutgers tennis team took from last weekend’s losses to Yale and Denver, it was to focus on their separate goals each felt she needed to improve. “Individually, we know what we need to work on,” Ivey said. “Tennis is an individual sport. While we practice as a team, we each have to go out with our personal goals of what we need to work on in each match.”
Senior Morgan Ivey earned the Knights’ only singles victory against Yale.
Senior Jennifer Holzberg dropped her last pair of matches in singles play, tripping up against Yale and Denver.
After the Rutgers tennis team suffered its second loss of the weekend in a 5-2 loss to Denver, head coach Ben Bucca could only find one word to describe the outcome of two matches: frustrating. “Down the line we played really good tennis,” Bucca said. “But on the other hand, there is a degree of frustration, and that is to see that we can compete against the best but come up short.”
Freshman Noor Judeh captured wins in No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles play.