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Normally, a 6-1 win in tennis means the match was not close at all. For the Rutgers tennis team, it could not have been more different. The Scarlet Knights (13-4, 3-1) defeated Seton Hall (10-8) by that exact score yesterday in Mendham, N.J., but they struggled at certain points throughout the match. “The doubles matches were so nerve-wracking,” said assistant coach Hilary Ritchie.
Unfortunate weather throughout the season caused the Rutgers tennis team to face inconvenient conditions. When the Scarlet Knights travel to play Seton Hall (10-7) this afternoon in Mendham, N.J., the weather will not play a factor. Originally scheduled outdoors in South Orange, the match was moved indoors to the Mendham Racquet Club.
Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini said that Rutgers’ success this season stems from remaining focused and playing hard early in the season.
The Rutgers tennis team will travel today to face the struggling Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies (5-10, 0-3) have won three of their last five, but have yet to put together a consistent run to solidify their AAC tournament seed. Their struggles have been in conference play as they have yet to beat an AAC opponent.
Sophomore Lindsey Kayati said that the team has worked hard to obtain a good conference record. A victory against the Huskies would push Rutgers to a 3-1 record in conference play.
Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini has proven to be a dynamic player for the Rutgers tennis team. Her 10-5 singles record thus far this season speaks for itself. Her success did not happen overnight, though. “I’ve really developed a stronger play strategy this season with my coaches, and it’s definitely stuck with me,” Petrini said. “My attitude has changed from last season too. The work I’ve put in has contributed to my successful play without a doubt.”
Riding a three-match winning streak, the Rutgers tennis team extended it four wins with its 5-2 victory yesterday over Fordham at the Atlantic Club in Manalapan, N.J. The Scarlet Knights (11-4, 2-1) are now 5-0 in home matches this season and played under an alternate simultaneous format where the teams played one doubles match worth two points and five singles matches worth one point.
Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini won the top singles match 6-2, 7-7 (2) against Fordham at the Atlantic Club yesterday.
Following a successful three-match set in New Orleans, the Rutgers tennis team returns home to face fellow AAC rival Temple tomorrow, followed by Fordham on Sunday. Over spring break, the Scarlet Knights went 2-1 in “The Big Easy,” defeating Tulane and Southern Methodist while falling to Southeastern Louisiana. The solid trip resulted in a 9-4 overall record for Rutgers as it gets back into conference play against the Owls.
Senior Vanessa Petrini said Rutgers’ confidence and morale is high after going 2-1 in New Orleans over the spring recess. Rutgers will play Temple after improving to 9-4 on the season.
A fourth-straight victory propelled the Rutgers tennis team to a 7-3 record on the season. The Scarlet Knights (7-3) outlasted Delaware by a score of 6-1 yesterday at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. Things did not look optimistic early for the Knights as they got off to a poor start by losing their first doubles match. “We really started off slow and lacked energy in doubles,” said head coach Ben Bucca.
A tough loss to Delaware last year has the Rutgers tennis team motivated to bounce back this season. The Blue Hens (3-3) beat the Scarlet Knights (6-3, 1-1 AAC) by a score of 4-3 in 2013. “They played us over well last year so we’ve got to come ready to play,” said head coach Ben Bucca.
Sophomore Lindsey Kayati said Rutgers will not overlook Delaware despite its 3-3 record. Rutgers seeks redemption from last year’s loss to the Blue Hens.
The Rutgers tennis team earned a decisive 6-1 victory against Binghamton (2-6) on Friday at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. A three-game winning streak gives the Scarlet Knights an impressive 6-3 record as they begin the stretch run of the season. Rutgers started off hot by dominating the doubles matches. Head coach Ben Bucca said he made some adjustments after its 6-1 loss Feb. 21 to Louisville, and it has made a big difference considering the Knights have not lost since that match.
Senior Vanessa Petrini credited the Knights’ aggressive strategy in doubles matches for the team’s three-game winning streak.
The Binghamton Bearcats are an unfamiliar foe for the Rutgers tennis team, as the two teams have not played each other in four seasons. Binghamton (2-5) travels to play the Scarlet Knights (5-3, 1-1) tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. Although their opponent is an unknown, the Knights do know that they have success when playing at home.
Rounding out their six-match road trip, the Rutgers tennis team defeated Cornell on Saturday afternoon, 4-3, in Ithaca, N.Y. It was the Scarlet Knights’ second consecutive 4-3 victory, as they beat Cincinnati by the same score Feb. 23. The Scarlet Knights (5-3, 1-1) swept all three of their doubles matches led by the pairings of senior Vanessa Petrini and sophomore Lindsey Kayati, junior Lindsay Balsamo and sophomore Mariam Zein and senior Stefania Balasa and sophomore Gina Li.
Senior Vanessa Petrini won her singles match Saturday 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, in the Knights’ 4-3 victory over Cornell.
With a tough matchup against Cornell on the horizon, the Rutgers tennis team (4-3, 1-1) will try to make some adjustments this week in practice to prepare for tomorrow’s match in Ithaca, N.Y. “We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the things that we struggled with last weekend,” said junior Lindsay Balsamo. “This is definitely a match we would like to win.”
Junior Lindsay Balsamo said the Knights need to focus on improving issues they struggled with last weekend, where they went 1-1. Balsamo is 2-1 on the season in singles competition.