PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 18, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s tennis team picked up a dominant 8-1 win over No. 17 (Div. II) Nova Southeastern, 8-1, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Monday. The Scarlet Knights won every match in singles play and two out of three doubles matches.
Division II programs use a scoring format that awards one point for each match, including doubles play.
RU, led by 10th-year head coach Benjamin Bucca, improved to 8-5 on the season. The Sharks fell to 5-7 in 2013.
The Scarlet Knights started strong in doubles competition as junior Vanessa Petrini (Samford, Conn.) and Gina Li (Hillsborough, N.J.) notched an 8-5 victory over Sabrina Kierberg and Austin Lavalli of Nova. The two improved to 8-2 as partners in 2013.
After dropping the No. 2 singles contest, sophomore Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) and junior Stefania Balasa (East Brunswick, N.J.) posted a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Carlee Rizzolo and Linda Kornienko to give RU a 2-1 lead.
In No. 1 singles play, Petrini picked up her eighth win of the season, downing Kierberg (6-0, 6-2). Li followed that up with a 6-0, 6-4 defeated over the Sharks’ Alexandra Johansson. The decision gave Li her team-best 10th win of the campaign.
The Scarlet Knights closed out the match with four-straight doubles wins by freshman Lindsey Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.), Balasa, freshman Mariam Zein (Sugarland, Texas) and sophomore Noor Judeh (Potomac, Md.). Rutgers didn’t drop a single set in singles play.
Rutgers finishes its Florida trip by taking on California University of Pennsylvania at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Miami Shores, Fla.
Rutgers 8, Nova Southeastern 1
No. 1: Vanessa Petrini (RU) def. Sabrina Kierberg (NSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 2: Gina Li (RU) def. Alexandra Johansson (NSU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 3: Lindsey Kayati (RU) def. Charlotte Cote (NSU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: Stefania Balasa (RU) def. Bianca Roberts (NSU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 5: Mariam Zein (RU) def. Iryna Serdyuk (NSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6: Noor Judeh (RU) def. Luisa Pintado (NSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 1: Petrini/Li (RU) def. Austin Lavalli/Kierberg (NSU), 8-5
No. 2: Cote/Johansson (NSU) def. Kayati/Zein (RU), 8-6
No. 3: Balasa/Lindsay Balsamo (RU) def. Carlee Rizzolo/Linda Kornienko (NSU), 9-7
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