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Freshmen Vanessa Petrini, left, and Stefania Balasa continued
their strong rookie seasons this weekend, when they beat their
Georgetown opponents. Petrini also played in the No. 5 singles slot
against Villanova on'Sunday, and won that match, 6-0, 6-2. Balasa
won two doubles matches teamed with junior Morgan Ivey.
The Rutgers tennis team shut out Villanova, 7-0, on Sunday,
marking the Scarlet Knights' eighth sweep of the season, but it was
more impressive considering they were less than 24 hours removed
from losing to Georgetown for the first time since 2000.
Senior captain Amy Zhang led the Knights' improved singles play,
combined with their change in fortune in doubles.
There are a plethora of adjectives that can describe Jennifer
Holzberg, but she would only choose two: aggressive and consistent.
Anyone following the Rutgers tennis team during the 2011 season
would be hard pressed to argue with that description of the junior
from Easton, Conn.
Freshman'Stefania Balasa won both her matches in straight
There are many factors in play when a team goes on a long
winning streak — it needs consistency, hard work and even a little
bit of luck.
The mission for the Rutgers tennis team all season long is to
finish in the top four of the Big East and earn a first-round bye
in the conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights can take a big
step towards reaching that goal this weekend, when they travel to
Morgantown, W. Va., to face both Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Despite changes to the lineup made by head coach Ben Bucca, the
Knights' No. 1 doubles pair of senior Amy Zhang and junior Jennifer
Holzberg took its match against Seton Hall en route to the team's
7-0 sweep of the match.
Junior Jennifer Holzberg has a 14-2 record in No. 2 singles and
teams with Amy Zhang on the top doubles team.
Senior Amy Zhang is the Knights' No. 1 singles player but also
part of their top doubles partnership with Jennifer Holzberg.
Freshman Vanessa Petrini excels for the Scarlet Knights in the
No. 6 singles slot, where she rallied against Syracuse to improve
her record to 13-2.
Tennis finally returns to the Rutgers campus today, when the
Rutgers tennis team takes on Seton Hall at 3 p.m. at the RU Tennis
Complex. The Scarlet Knights previously played all four of their
home matches at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J., after the
collapse of the Busch Tennis Bubble earlier in the year.
Senior captain Amy Zhang won both of her singles matches against
St.'John's and Syracuse this weekend and also claimed a pair of
victories in doubles play. Head coach Ben Bucca kept Zhang
partnered with Jennifer Holzberg, and the pair won both
The Rutgers tennis team lifted a significant weight off its
shoulder this weekend, when it finally locked down Big East
conference wins. The Scarlet Knights started off with two losses in
conference play before defeating St. John's, 6-1, on Friday in
Queens, N.Y., and Syracuse, 4-3, on Sunday at the Atlantic Club in
Freshman Vanessa Petrini will likely pair with junior Morgan
Ivey in doubles play against the host St. John's Red Storm, while
classmate Stefania Balasa will likely take up No. 2 doubles.
The Rutgers tennis team's quest for its first Big East win
continues today at 2 p.m., when the team travels to Queens, N.Y.,
to face St. John's. The Scarlet Knights return from their spring
break trip to New Orleans, where they won three straight matches,
including two sweeps.
Junior Leonora Slatnick teamed up with a new doubles partner in
freshman Stefania Balasa and won each of her two matches.
No. 1 singles player Amy Zhang won her match against Marquette
last weekend after losing her previous two matches in a rough start
to her senior season.
Senior No. 1 singles player Amy Zhang defeated her Marqette
opponent in three sets after last weekend's two-loss effort.