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Unlike most movie sequels these days, the Rutgers tennis team’s second all-time meeting with NJIT was just as impressive as the first.Entering the fight with a two-match winning streak, the Rutgers (4-2) defeated NJIT (3-4) seven games to zero on Thursday at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.
The Rutgers tennis team will travel to West Point, New York, this Saturday to play the Black Knights of Army in search of capturing its first consecutive wins in the young season.
The Rutgers tennis team split a pair of matches against in-state rivals last weekend, defeating Seton Hall 5-2 Sunday after falling to Princeton by the same score two days earlier.
The Rutgers tennis team is scheduled to face two in-state rivals. The Knights hope to avenge their most recent loss to Princeton while maintaining their dominance over Seton Hall.
The Rutgers tennis team narrowly won its home opener Friday afternoon, defeating Binghamton, 4-3, at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.
While Rutgers didn't manage to grab a single win in Big Ten play, junior Gina Li and the Knights competed with some of the nation's elite in each match.
The last point has been played and the final scores have been recorded.For the Rutgers tennis team, the first season in the Big Ten has officially come to an end.
The regular season is over.In its final weekend set, the Rutgers tennis team dropped both matches on the road to Purdue and Indiana, ending the season without a team conference win.The Scarlet Knights (6-14, 0-11) headed west after a week of practice, hoping to regroup after their trip to Illinois last weekend.
Freshman Chloe Lee was defeated in strait sets by Indiana's Shannon Murdy April 12. The Knights suffered defeat as a team as well, 6-1.
It seems like only days ago that the season was a blank page with limitless opportunities for success.But with this weekend comes the end of the regular season for the Rutgers tennis team along with the last two chances to capture a Big Ten win.The Scarlet Knights (6-12, 0-9) will travel to Indiana for back-to-back matches against two more ranked opponents.
As the regular season winds down, the Rutgers tennis team is approaching the final weeks of its first season in the Big Ten.While they have yet to secure a conference win, the Scarlet Knights (6-12, 0-9) are optimistic about what the years ahead will bring, including the annual battles with nationally ranked tennis powerhouses like Ohio State and Northwestern.
Head coach Ben Bucca reminded Tihomirova of the match where she beat Rutgers' Vanessa Petrini when she was a freshman at Fairleigh Dickinson.
Lauren ForsmanStaff Writer Any opportunities to utilize home-court advantage have passed.
Head Coach Ben Bucca says he has seen significant improvement in the play of junior Mariam Zein. Zein was one of two victors in singles play against Minnesota March 27.
Because of the seemingly universal focus on singles in the professional world of tennis, it may be surprising to realize how important doubles play is to winning matches at the collegiate level.Ben Bucca, the head coach of the Rutgers tennis team, is convinced that capturing the team doubles point is crucial to success in singles and winning matches. Failing to capitalize in doubles puts the team at an immediate disadvantage before the onset of the six singles matches.“It really impacts your energy and your spirit as you enter into singles,” Bucca said. The statistics confirm his position. In each of their six wins this season, the Scarlet Knights (6-10, 0-7) have successfully captured the doubles point. On the opposite end, during both non-conference and Big Ten play, every time Rutgers has failed to secure the doubles point, they have gone on to lose the match. Although the final scores may not paint an accurate picture of Rutgers' performance in conference play, the competition in doubles play has been fierce. It seems that, in term of quality of doubles competition, the Knights are consistently matching up well against their opponents. As the season progresses, in a pattern that may seem paradoxical, the same players who threaten or defeat their opponents in doubles action may not exhibit the same level of competition against those same opponents in their singles matches. This points to the potential that lies in powerful duos. Determining the doubles teams that can compete with nationally ranked tennis powerhouses is an important task.It begins before the season when Bucca and assistant coach Hilary Ritchie start to pair different players depending on a variety of factors, some of which go beyond on-court compatibility. “Certainly you want to pair players that emotionally can play well together and that support one another so they become better tennis players by playing with someone, so that’s very, very important,” Bucca said. Bucca also explained that while he has not had any problems with conflicting player personalities in the past, it would be unwise not to consider obvious differences between players. “I’ve historically always had teams that had pretty strong comradery,” Bucca said, “So we haven’t had any issues of having conflict outside the court impact what goes on, on the court, but definitely styles of play are different and how some players are more outgoing, some players are quieter, so you need to factor all of that in when pairing a doubles team.”Beyond intangibles, Bucca tends to pair those with stronger groundstrokes or a more powerful serve with those who perform well at the net. He also pays close attention to where the players’ strengths lie in terms of their backhand or forehand strokes. “There are a number of different factors and then it’s just between my assistant coach and I watching everyone play and hearing what the players have to say about who they like playing with.
Senior Lindsay Balsamo welcomed new partner Gina Li to the No. 2 doubles tandem when head coach Ben Bucca shuffled the lineup after spring break.
As the remaining schedule dwindles, so do the opportunities for a Big Ten win.The Rutgers tennis team had a tough weekend at home, dropping both of their matches against Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Wisconsin, and extending their record in conference play to 0-7.
Despite her success against Minnesota, junior Gina Li struggled on Sunday in the No. 1 singles spot against Wisconsin.
Senior Lindsay Balsamo captured the first Big Ten Conference victory for the Knights with a win in a singles match against Iowa March 7.
With this season
marking the first of the Big Ten era, the Rutgers tennis team expects a
challenge, but not without historic moments along the way.Although individual
players have achieved their own first Big Ten wins in singles and doubles play,
a team conference win has proved elusive for the squad.