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While the Rutgers tennis team’s three-game spring break road trip brought its record back to .500, the Scarlet Knights have an opportunity today to regain their winning record when they square off against Villanova. Not only do the Wildcats serve as Rutgers’ first competition since spring break, but it is also the first time the Knights (6-6) compete at the Rutgers Tennis Complex, which is outdoors.
While senior captain Morgan Ivey was returned to her hometown to compete last week during spring break, the Rutgers tennis team did not feel the same welcome, going 1-2 in its three-game road trip to South Carolina. The Scarlet Knights sandwiched a 5-2 victory against Boston University between losses to the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern. One of the main factors that played into the Knights’ performance was the fact that they competed on outside court in warm conditions.
While the platform event was not familiar for the Rutgers diving team this season, it proved the Scarlet Knights’ most successful dive at last week’s NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Nicole Scott led the way for the Knights in the event. The sophomore totaled 255.95 points in the preliminary rounds of the platform dive and 267.05 points in her finals performance.
While it has been nearly a month since Nicole Scott last competed on the boards, the sophomore diver was thankful for the practice time it gave her and her teammates. “I think it actually helped us this year because at [the Big East Championships] we all did really well,” Scott said. “But there were things we needed to fix, so this has given us time to focus on the details of our dives and try and get them completely solid.”
For the Rutgers tennis team, its three-game road trip to South Carolina during spring break serves as a chance for most of it to compete as well as experience playing outside of the Northeast. But for senior Morgan Ivey, the trip represents something more memorable — she gets to go home. “I couldn’t be more excited,” Ivey said of returning to the Palmetto State. “It’s actually kind of funny that of all places that we happen to be going to is my hometown.
The Rutgers tennis team flew to Milwaukee this weekend with an opportunity to enter the national rankings. Instead, it left Wisconsin with two league losses, dropping the Scarlet Knights’ record to 5-4 and 1-4 in Big East play. The Knights lost Friday’s match against host Marquette, 5-2, and Saturday’s contest to No. 38 DePaul, 6-1, at Marquette’s Helfaer Tennis Stadium. “The atmosphere there was really different,” said sophomore Stefania Balasa.
With the Rutgers men’s basketball team trailing by 1, Dane Miller knew exactly where he needed to be when Eli Carter drove to the left and threw up an off-balance floater as the shot clock ticked down. The ball bounced directly into the junior forward’s right hand and then into the hoop for a one-handed, go-ahead slam dunk. Miller’s put-back jam with 11.2 seconds remaining at the Louis Brown Athletic Center capped Saturday’s 61-58 season finale victory against St. Johns.
With a 5-2 early spring record in place, Rutgers head tennis coach Ben Bucca knows this weekend provides an opportunity for his team to improve its Big East standing.It also serves as a chance for the Scarlet Knights to add a national ranking to their résumé.The Knights play host Marquette today at 1 p.m. in Milwaukee and square off tomorrow against No. 36 DePaul. Both teams give Rutgers a chance to climb into the polls for the first time this season.
When Leonora Slatnick first joined the Rutgers tennis team, she never imagined her senior season would consist of rooting on her teammates as an assistant coach harnessed in a sling. After three years of competition in which the veteran held winning records in both singles and doubles play, Slatnick was ready to take on a leaderships role on the court during her final year. Shoulder surgery changed all of that.
It is not often the outcome of a match is decided by the last contest. But that is exactly what happened in the Rutgers tennis team’s 4-3 victory Friday against Georgetown. With the score tied, 3-3, the Hoyas’ Tina Tehrani took sophomore Vanessa Petrini to a third set. The players went back and forth, resulting in a third-set tiebreaker. Petrini was then able to defeat Tehrani, 7-4, in the deciding set, which gave the Scarlet Knights their first Big East win of the season.
The 1,650-yard freestyle was one of the most physically grueling events for the Rutgers swimming and diving team this year. The first-place finisher’s time in the race at the Big East Championships was 16:13.94. Nicknamed by head coach Phil Spiniello as “the mile,” the race takes patience, determination and endurance, he said. So it was not a surprise when Spiniello chose senior Michelle Berman to complete the challenge for the Scarlet Knights.
While Manasquan lies nearly 50 miles from Piscataway, it is the closest the Rutgers tennis team will come to playing at home for three weeks. The Scarlet Knights take on Georgetown today before competing in five matches away from New Jersey. The Knights travel to Milwaukee next weekend and then to Charleston, S.C., the following week for three matches. Before worrying about travel plans, head coach Ben Bucca wants his team’s focus on the matchup with the Hoyas.
The Rutgers tennis team traveled more than four hours this
weekend to start its Big East season. It returned to Piscataway
with a loss Sunday, as Syracuse dropped the Scarlet Knights, 4-3.
The Orange entered the conference opener with a four-match winning
streak before defeating the Knights — a stat head coach Ben Bucca
was well aware of upon arrival.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team received exactly what it
needed to succeed when its divers placed third at the Big East
Championships. But its swimmers could not take advantage of the
position they received from their teammates. The Scarlet Knights
placed eighth out of 11 teams at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh this
weekend, failing to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish at
Doubles play was a big factor Sunday in the Rutgers tennis
teams’ loss to Princeton. The Scarlet Knights started off
tentatively and slowly against the Tigers, according to head coach
Ben Bucca. Their first doubles pair of senior Jenifer Holzberg and
sophomore Vanessa Petrini dropped the match, 8-1, which set the
tone for the Knights in doubles action.
Rutgers head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello could not
ask for a better position for his team today as it begins the
swimming portion of the Big East Championships. Sophomore Nicole
Scott placed in the top 10 in both 1- and 3-meter dives. The divers
returned last weekend with a third-place finish — what the Scarlet
Knights needed to improve on their seventh-place finish a year ago
in the championships.
The Rutgers diving team took to the waters of the Big East
Championships in Pittsburgh with one goal in mind — provide as much
momentum as it could when the swimmers enter the pool. The Scarlet
Knights did more than that when they arrived home with a
third-place finish. The result puts the swimmers in a great
position when they enter this weekend’s swimming portion of the
While shutouts have been commonplace for the Rutgers tennis
team, the Scarlet Knights ended up on the wrong side of one Sunday
against Princeton. The Tigers posted a 7-0 score that handed the
Knights their first loss of the spring season. They also served as
Rutgers’ first ranked opponent this year. Princeton entered
Sunday’s match ranked 51st after it defeated No. 41 Maryland the
Everything the Rutgers diving team worked toward throughout the
past year is on display today and Saturday, when it competes in the
Big East Championships in Pittsburgh. The job is diving coach Fred
Woodruff’s to see that the Scarlet Knights improve from last
seasons’ fourth-place finish in the same competition. With more
than a week between the last Rutgers meet and the championships,
the divers worked on their techniques to give them a better chance
on the boards.
With back-to-back victories against Lehigh and Fairleigh
Dickinson on the back burner, the Rutgers women’s tennis team’s
next three matches resemble the competition it will see once the
Big East season commences.Quinnipiac, owner of five consecutive Northeast Conference
championships, visits New Jersey tomorrow to kick off the Scarlet
Knights’ challenging weekend.