FLUSHING MEADOWNS, NY – The Rutgers women’s tennis team continued its 2003 fall schedule at the USTA Invitational on Oct. 10-13 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
The tournament featured 16 teams and include four individual flights for singles and two doubles flights. For Rutgers, Kaitlin Link (Ontario, Canada) went 1-2 in her draw, falling to Kate Williams on Pennsylvania before beating Kate Houghton of Army in the consolation round, 6-4, 7-5. Link is 3-3 this fall.
Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) improved her fall record to 6-4 overall with a 2-1 showing, ousting Elena de Mendoza of Boston University, 6-3, 7-5, and Catherine Crandall of Dartmouth, 6-1, 6-3. Teammate Helen Magomedova (Brooklyn, NY) won one of three matches, defeating Cheryl Narvse of Washington University, who defaulted due to injury.
Alina Balasa (East Brunswick), who has won two double and one singles titles this fall, went 1-2 at the event, defeating Marissa Cimiaco of Army in consolation round in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 10-8. Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) lost her first round match, but rebounded for a straight-set victory over Rachel Shweky of Pennsylvania, 6-4, 6-3.
Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) played a pair of three-set matches, ousting Elisa Glas of Boston University, 6-7, 6-4, 10-7 and losing to Morgan Landes of Boston College, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. Freshman Lauren Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ) rebounded from two losses to defeat Janis Hui of Dartmouth, 6-1, 4-6, 10-5.
In doubles action, Weckstein and Shmakova improved to 5-3 on the season with a pair of wins. The duo defeated a team from Cornell, 8-6, and a team from Columbia, 8-5. Markowitz and Edelschein lost two of three matches while Link and Balasa went 0-3 in their draw.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action on Friday, Oct. 24 when they travel to Blacksburg, VA, for the ITA Regionals, hosted by Virginia Tech. Play begins on Oct. 24 and concludes on Oct. 28.