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Senior Stefanie Balasa helps lead RU into the AAC Championships following a 6-1 win Sunday on the Knights’ Senior Day.

Knights eye rematch in tournament

The postseason is underway for the Rutgers tennis team as it heads down to Tampa, Fla., to play in the AAC Championships today through Sunday. The Scarlet Knights (15-4, 3-1) enter as the No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded Louisville (12-4, 2-1) tomorrow in the quarterfinals. The Cardinals handed Rutgers one of its four losses this season.

Senior Vanessa Petrini finished her Rutgers career Sunday and won her final singles match to end the season at 13-6.

Rutgers ends regular season on seven-match winning streak

Following a victory Friday afternoon against Villanova, the Rutgers tennis team defeated St. John’s on Sunday by a score of 6-1. It gave the Scarlet Knights a 15-4 record and seven-match winning streak to end the regular season. Although Rutgers beat the Red Storm, 6-1, the match was anything but easy.

Senior Vanessa Petrini said Rutgers will win this weekend by focusing on its doubles strategy. The Knights look to end the regular season with two wins to extend their win streak to seven games. Petrini and senior Stefanie Balasa will be honored in Sunday’s final home match.

Rutgers takes momentum into final conference matchups

Looking to continue riding a five-game winning this weekend, the Rutgers tennis team will host Villanova and St. John’s this weekend. The two matches conclude the regular season for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers (13-4, 3-1) hopes to continue its recent stretch of play and provide momentum for the AAC Tournament in a week.

Junior Lindsay Balsamo went down to Florida during the offseason to improve her endurance and skills. Balsamo is 10-1 in singles matches this season.

Junior’s offseason work pays dividends

Many athletes know the key to success is to win in the offseason. Putting in those long, grueling hours in the summer and fall pays dividends when it’s time to play months later. For junior Lindsay Balsamo, that notion could not be more true.  After struggling for the Rutgers tennis team last season, she knew that she had to change some aspects of her game for the upcoming year.


Rutgers grinds through doubles matches to top Seton Hall

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.

Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini said that Rutgers’ success this season stems from remaining focused and playing hard early in the season.

Indoor meet offers chance to avoid poor conditions

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.

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