Tennis: Rutgers drops home loss to Syracuse

Syracuse defeated the Rutgers women’s tennis team Sunday, 6-1.

The Scarlet Knights (11-7, 5-2) competed well in matches against the Orange (10-7, 6-1), but it was not enough for the win.

It was a Big East matchup, which made the stakes higher for both teams. Rutgers dropped to 5-2 in conference play on the season, while Syracuse improved to 6-1.

The Knights’ only point in the contest was in singles play. Freshman Mariam Zein took home a victory in the No. 5 singles match, 6-2, 4-6, 11-9.

According to head coach Ben Bucca, Syracuse has always been a problem for the Knights, but the Orange were a lot stronger this year than seasons past.

Junior Stefania Balasa agreed.

“We knew that Syracuse was a good team going into this match,” Balasa said. “But I was more surprised with how good they were this year.”

Rutgers understood it had to be on top of its game if it wanted to take down one of the stronger teams in the conference.

“It was a day where we needed to play our best tennis, but we came up short,” Bucca said.

The Knights want to move on from this loss while also preparing for important future matches the rest of the season.

Rutgers has two Big East matches remaining and the team is hoping for victories in both matches to improve their seed for the Big East Championships.

Rutgers’ next match is tomorrow against Seton Hall at the RU Tennis Complex.

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