PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers tennis hosts in-state rival Seton Hall Saturday night for a 6 p.m. match at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. The Scarlet Knights look to extend their nine-match winning streak against the Pirates that dates back to 2007.
LAST TIME OUT
RU fell to Princeton, 7-0, Wednesday night at Jadwin Gym. Freshman Jacqueline Cochrane and senior Farris Cunningham collected their fourth doubles win of the season to highlight action for Rutgers against the Tigers.
Cochrane and Cunningham pulled out a victory against Sara Goodwin and Gaby Pollner, 6-4, in the No. 3 position. The duo is now 4-1 in doubles action to begin the season, with its lone loss coming on Feb. 10 against Fordham.
CATCHING UP WITH THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Freshman Katherine Muzik suffered her first singles loss of her dual career against Princeton this week. The Mableton, Georgia, native owned a 4-0 record in the No. 5 position before her defeat at Princeton and had dropped just one set in her first four appearances.
Senior Ksenija Tihomirova made her Scarlet Knight debut in the No. 1 singles position against the Tigers. Tihomirova is second on the team with three singles victories, while Cunningham and junior Mingxiu Du each own two this season.
Cochrane and Cunningham lead RU with a 4-1 doubles record in the No. 3 position.
SCOUTING SETON HALL
The Pirates enter Saturday’s match with a 3-1 record after they defeated Quinnipiac, 5-2, on Feb. 11 in Hamden, Connecticut. Seton Hall has two common opponents with Rutgers, as it lost to Princeton, 5-2, in its season opener before it downed Army West Point, 6-1, on Feb. 5
In its last time out, SHU captured wins in the top four singles positions to secure its match against Quinnipiac. Thandy Kangwa added a 7-5, 6-1 victory in the No. 1 position and contributed to a 6-2 win in the No. 1 doubles match for the Pirates.
Riza Zalameda serves as the head coach of Seton Hall.
The Scarlet Knights captured the doubles point and claimed wins in four singles matches to defeat the Pirates, 5-2, on Valentine’s Day last season in New Providence, New Jersey. Tihomirova and Chloe Lee combined for a 6-3 victory in No. 2 doubles to help RU in the win.
Rutgers begins its Big Ten schedule when it hosts Nebraska next Wednesday for a noon match at the EBRC.
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