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A string of strong performances lifted the Rutgers tennis team to a hard-fought road victory Sunday at AAC rival Cincinnati, 4-3. The win came two days after the Scarlet Knights’ (4-3, 1-1) lost a tough match against Louisville, 6-1. Sophomore Lindsey Kayati holds the team best for a singles matches after she improved to 6-1 following a strong win against Cincinnati’s Katya Bure by a score of 6-1, 6-3.
While a weekend filled with matches is nothing out of the ordinary for the Rutgers tennis team, this weekend features some unique challenges. For one, it must travel to play Louisville and Cincinnati, which are not exactly a short drive away. Because of this, the Scarlet Knights left Thursday before their Friday match.
A 4-3 record from the opposing Princeton Tigers normally would not point toward a particularly tough match today in Princeton, N.J. But when that team has beaten the Rutgers tennis team in 11 consecutive meetings, that is an obvious trend that the Scarlet Knights hope to end. “Princeton is extremely strong in all facets of the game,” said head coach Ben Bucca.
The Rutgers tennis team delivered a 6-0 upset victory against Army on Sunday in West Point, N.Y., which was the first loss of the season for the Black Knights. The Scarlet Knights improved their record to 3-1 on the season while Army dropped to 6-1. Rutgers came out of the gate firing as it won two out of the three doubles matches before winning five of six singles matches, with one ending in a no decision.
Junior Lindsay Balsamo lost the second doubles match Sunday against Penn, but rebounded well by winning her singles match.
The Rutgers tennis team lost its match Sunday in Philadelphia, 6-1, against Penn. The score was not indicative of how the Scarlet Knights played, as their matches were competitive. But in the end, they came up short. “Penn is a very accomplished team with strong players, and they gave us a tough match,” said head coach Ben Bucca.
Senior Vanessa Petrini lost a competitive doubles match with a 9-7 tiebreaker. Petrini was paired with freshman Farris Cunningham in the loss to Penn on Sunday.
The Rutgers tennis team looks to extend its impressive start to the season Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., when it hosts Fairleigh Dickinson. The Scarlet Knights opened their season with a commanding 7-1 victory over Lehigh on Tuesday evening at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. The whole team performed strongly, including the team MVP last season — sophomore Gina Li — along with senior co-captains Stefania Balasa and Vanessa Petrini.
The Rutgers tennis team finally feels it has the firepower to compete with some of the top teams in the Northeast Region. The squad believes a combination of a strong youthful roster and constant strong competition led it to a position of success. Head coach Ben Bucca’s philosophy of beating the best to be the best rubbed off on his players.
Sophomore Gina Li was one of four Knights who qualified for the ITA Northeast Regional Champs this season, which was the most in program history.
As one season ends, another begins. The Rutgers tennis team completed a tough fall season this weekend and will begin offseason training to prepare for the spring campaign. Head coach Ben Bucca is proud of the way the Scarlet Knights performed this season in tournaments and practices. “I speak for everyone when I say that we are satisfied in knowing that [the team] really pushed forward and put forth a strong effort this season,” Bucca said.
Sophomore Gina Li enjoyed a strong fall season for the Knights after her breakout rookie season, when she went 16-5 last year.
The Rutgers tennis team concluded its fall season this weekend at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Harvard. Four Scarlet Knights were selected to compete in the singles draw at the regional tournament, which was the most in program history. Head coach Ben Bucca was disappointed with the draws the team received, but proud of the way his players fought.
Senior Vanessa Petrini fell in her first match of the ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Harvard. Petrini lost straight sets to the Crimson’s Amy He, 6-4, 7-5. Petrini was one of four Knights to compete.
Sophomore Gina Li was unsuccessful in her first singles match of the ITA Northeast Regional, as she dropped her game to Brown’s Dayna Lord.
Four members of the Rutgers tennis team made the qualifications to compete at this weekend’s ITA Northeast Regional Championship. Coming off a strong showing at the USTA Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., the players will travel today to Harvard, this year’s championship host. Senior Vanessa Petrini, juniors Lindsay Balsamo and Mariam Zein and sophomore Gina Li stand among the 103 participants from 33 schools.
Lindsay Balsamo will compete in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships today. Rutgers will have four members in this year’s field, four fewer than last season.
Vanessa Petrini is one of four Knights who will compete this weekend.
The Rutgers tennis team feels confident entering its final week of play of the fall individual season. After back-to-back strong performances at both the Brown Invitational and USTA Invitational, the Scarlet Knights believe their fall campaign has been successful. Head coach Ben Bucca believes the competition has put the Knights in position to finish the season strong.
The Rutgers tennis team concluded its final tournament of the season before regionals this weekend at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. The Scarlet Knights sent six representatives to face some of the top schools in the country. The field consisted of nearly 150 players and 19 other schools, including top regional rivals Harvard and Columbia.