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The road to the Big East Tournament was a long and winding one
for the Rutgers tennis team, but its goal of a trip to the
semifinals is finally in sight. Rutgers begins the final leg of its
journey today in the tournament's opening round against West
Virginia at noon in South Bend, Ind.
Nature toyed with the Rutgers tennis team all season. Winter
storms and low temperatures pushed the Scarlet Knights' first five
home matches off campus, and today's season finale against
Connecticut will suffer the same fate with rain in the
Amy Zhang, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, first met with
Arthur Casciato, director of the Office of Distinguished
Fellowships and Post-graduate Guidance, in his office during the
fall of 2008 about applying for academic awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The concept of rebuilding is taboo in many major Division I
athletic programs. But when Phil Spiniello took over as the head
coach of the Rutgers swimming and diving team, he knew rebuilding
was exactly what the team needed most.
At the beginning of the Rutgers swimming and diving team's
season, senior captain Jen Betz just wanted to have a good year and
to do well at the Big East Championships.
The Rutgers diving team heads into the pool for perhaps the
final time this weekend at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships at
the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Rutgers tennis team suffered the latest in a string of
heartbreaking defeats Sunday, when it fell to Marquette, 4-3, in
the final match at its temporary winter home, the Atlantic Club in
The Rutgers tennis team continues its hunt for its first Big
East Conference win Sunday against bitter rival Marquette. The
match is the last for the Scarlet Knights at their temporary home
at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J.
Jacquie Ward is not one to sugarcoat the truth. The junior
swimmer will be the first one to tell you that after a miserable
freshman year at Indiana and a disappointing sophomore year at
Rutgers, swimming was just not one of her top priorities.
The Big East Championships were the light at the end of the
tunnel for the Rutgers swimming team all season long. The Scarlet
Knights finally reached the four-day-long Championships last week
and came away with a seventh place finish out of 11 teams in its
first attempt under head coach Phil Spiniello.
After having nearly a week to dwell on a tough loss at Columbia,
the Rutgers tennis team returned to a familiar place: the win
column. The Scarlet Knights defeated Buffalo, 7-0, on Friday in
their second match at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team worked all season long
toward one goal: a strong showing at the Big East
It is difficult to shut out an opponent in any sport, but to win
three straight tennis matches without letting up a single victory
is something to be admired.