PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers tennis participates in its final road match of the 2017 spring season, as the Scarlet Knights compete against No. 44 Maryland Saturday at noon in College Park.
|No. 44 Maryland (13-5, 4-4 Big Ten)|
|Date||Saturday, April 15|
College Park, Md.
|Live Stream||Maryland Athletics|
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Last Time Out
RU registered a dominate 6-1 victory over Stony Brook Wednesday afternoon at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. The match began outside at the RU Tennis Center before rain forced the contest inside the EBRC.
Rutgers played doubles with the Seawolves for about 15 minutes outside before rain began to fall, prompting the match inside. Once at the EBRC, junior Chloe Lee and senior Ksenija Tihomirova downed Ana Carrion and Ann-Katherin Hierl, 6-3, in the No. 2 position. In No. 3 doubles, senior Farris Cunningham and freshman Jacqueline Cochrane picked up their team-leading 10th doubles win with a 7-5 decision over Amanda Foo and Elizabeth Tsvetkov.
Cunningham carried over the momentum into No. 6 singles play, as she defeated Hierl in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Three of RU’s final four singles wins were in straight sets. Tihomirova defeated Ester Chikvashvili, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 2 position. Freshman Katherine Muzik earned a 6-3, 6-2 decision against Carrion in No. 4 singles, while Cochrane won over Foo, 6-2, 6-2.
In No. 3 singles, Lee won her first set, 6-3, before she fell behind Nadia Smergut in set two, 6-4. In the third set tiebreaker, both went back and forth before Lee pulled out her 11-9 win in set three to secure her match.
Catching Up with the Scarlet Knights
Through 18 duals, Cunningham leads the program with nine victories from the No. 6 position. Her four Big Ten wins this season also lead RU. The Houston, Texas, native has won five out of her past six outings, which includes conference victories over Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern.
Muzik is second on the team with eight singles wins, while junior Mingxiu Du owns seven victories, including a 3-5 mark in the No. 1 position during Big Ten action.
Cochrane and Cunningham lead RU with a 10-4 doubles record this season, which includes its 6-4 victory over Penn State last Sunday in the No. 2 position. The duo has won three of its last five Big Ten doubles matches, with wins over PSU, Northwestern and Indiana.
The Terrapins (13-5, 4-4 Big Ten) enter Saturday’s match after it split its two meetings last weekend. UMD defeated Michigan State, 5-2, on April 7 before it fell to No. 8 Michigan, 4-1, on April 9. Both matches were contested in College Park.
Doubles duo Ekaterina Tour and Caroline Williams are currently ranked No. 60 in the country with a 12-4 record in both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Tour and Williams are 6-1 in conference action, which includes wins over Michigan State and Michigan last weekend.
Daria Panova is the head coach of Maryland.
Rutgers fell to Maryland, 7-0, last season at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. Prior to the match, the Scarlet Knights were riding a three-match winning streak.
Next Time Out
RU closes out the regular season with home matches against Wisconsin (April 21) and Minnesota (April 23). Rutgers’ contest with Minnesota serves as senior day, as Cunningham and Tihomirova will be honored prior to play.
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