NEW ORLEANS (March 18, 2014) – The Rutgers tennis team (8-4) saw its five-match winning streak come to an end Tuesday evening, as the squad fell, 4-3, to Southeastern Louisiana (9-2) on the road. The loss is the first for RU since the Scarlet Knights fell to Louisville on Feb. 21 in American Athletic Conference action.
The Scarlet Knights split the six singles matches on the day, but dropped two of the three doubles matchups to lose the doubles point, and ultimately the contest.
RU’s lone doubles win came at No. 3, as sophomore Gina Li (Hillsborough, N.J.) and rookie Farris Cunningham (Houston, Texas) defeated Margaux Kaltenbacher and Nastya Tokareva by a score of 8-4.
Li added a singles win at No. 2, as the second-year Scarlet Knight topped Tokareva 6-3, 6-4. Junior Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) improved to 7-1 on the season following a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kaltenbacher at No. 5.
Cunningham added the final singles win for RU, taking down Avika Sagwal (6-1, 6-3) at No. 6 singles.
Rutgers wraps up its 2014 spring break trip tomorrow against Tulane at 10 a.m.
Southeastern Louisiana 4, Rutgers 3
1. Valya Rusakova/Renee Villarreal (SLU) def. Vanessa Petrini/Lindsay Kayati (RU) 8-4
2. Adriana Castillo/Reginka Nychytailova (SLU) def. Lindsay Balsamo/Mariam Zein (RU) 8-3
3. Gina Li/Farris Cunningham (RU) def. Margaux Kaltenbacher/Nastya Tokareva (SLU) 8-4
1. Renee Villarreal (SLU) def. Vanessa Petrini (RU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Gina Li (RU) def. Nastya Tokareva (SLU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Valya Rusakova (SLU) def. Lindsay Kayati (RU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Reginka Nychytailova (SLU) def. Stef Balasa (RU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Lindsay Balsamo (RU) def. Margaux Kaltenbacher (SLU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Farris Cunningham (RU) def. Avika Sagwal (SLU) 6-1, 6-3
Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding women’s tennis, follow the program on Twitter @RUwtennis. Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on both social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.