PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2013) – For the second time this season, the Rutgers women’s tennis team shutout its opponent, downing Army, 7-0 in West Point, N.Y., Friday. The Scarlet Knights did not drop a match in singles or doubles play to win its second-straight contest.
“This was a fantastic match,” said 10th-year head coach Ben Bucca. “Both teams were on top of their game with some outstanding shot-making. Congratulations to Army for a hard-fought match, but we are thrilled with our performance today and the display of a very strong competitive spirit.”
RU improved to 4-2 while Army moved to 5-2 overall. Four of the six singles play matchups went to three sets.
Junior Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) started the Scarlet Knights off in the No. 1 singles spot with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Army’s Erin Colton. Freshman Gina Li (Hillsborough, N.J.) then downed Black Knight Jamila Paul (6-1, 4-6, 6-4) to put RU up 2-0. Petrini and Li each improved to 5-1 on the season.
Two matches later, freshman Lindsey Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.) won hard-fought contest over Carolyn Pitman of Army. The players split the opening two sets (6-2, 3-6) before going to 7-6 in the third set. In final set tiebreaker, Kayati pulled out a 7-2 victory to secure the match.
In No. 5 singles play, sophomore Noor Judeh (Potomac, Md.) earned 6-1, 6-3 victory over Della Taylor.
The Scarlet Knights then continued their strong play, winning all three of the doubles contests. The Tandem of Petrini and Li improved to 3-1 on the season with a win over Army’s Della Taylor and Elle Taylor (8-6).
Rutgers next continues BIG EAST play at home taking on Marquette at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Rutgers 7, Army 0
No. 1: Vanessa Petrini (RU) def. Erin Colton (Army), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Gina Li (RU) def. Jamila Paul (Army), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3: Mariam Zein (RU) def. Eva Sung (Army), 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4: Lindsey Kayati (RU) def. Carolyn Pitman (Army), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
No; 5: Noor Judeh (RU) def. Della Taylor (Army), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6: Lindsay Balsamo (RU) def. Gabriella Spindler (Army), 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 1: Petrini/Li (RU) def. Della Taylor/Elle Taylor (Army), 8-6
No. 2: Zein/Kayati (RU) def. Colton/Paul (Army), 8-5
No. 3: Balsamo/Judeh (RU) def. Margaret Iliev/Pitman (Army), 8-4
Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding women’s tennis, follow the program on Twitter @RUwtennis.