PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 9, 2012) – Rutgers University women’s tennis returns to action for a three-match Spring Break trip in Charleston, S.C. The Scarlet Knights will take on the College of Charleston on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m., Boston University on Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in a neutral site match and Charleston Southern on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. The first two contests will be played at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point. The third match against Charleston Southern will be played at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.
Rutgers (5-4, 1-3 BIG EAST) is coming off a 0-2 weekend in Milwaukee, falling to Marquette, 5-2, and No. 38 DePaul, 6-1. The first doubles team of senior Jennifer Holzberg (Easton, Conn.) and sophomore Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) won their doubles match, 8-6, versus the Blue Demons, but DPU secured the doubles point in the second and third team matches. After picking up the only win for Rutgers in singles, sophomore Stefania Balasa (East Brunswick, N.J.) leads the team with a 7-1 singles record.
In its first match away outdoors, College of Charleston (4-3) claimed a 7-0 shutout of Jacksonville State on Saturday, March 3. It was the first doubles point win of the season. The Cougars swept singles, all in straight sets. Samantha Maddox defeated JSU’s top player Raisa Guasti, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 1 line. Angelo Anastopoulo is in his 20th season as leader of the program.
Boston University (6-2) enters the weekend after falling to No. 19 Yale, 6-1, on Thursday. In the match prior, BU lost to No. 41 Brown, 10-3, on Sunday, March 4. The Terriers dropped to 4-3 in doubles and singles action that day. In doubles play, junior Jessi Linero and sophomore Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis opened with an 8-5 win in the No. 2 slot. The BU-RU match will be a neutral site contest. Head coach Lesley Sheehan is in her 27th season with the Terriers.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers defeated Radford in the Big South season opener with a 4-3 win on Sunday, March 4. Two-time Big South player of the Year Olga Makhova helped lead the way for the Bucs by posting a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and a triumph at No. 1 doubles with Marija Dzakovic. The Bucs have a record of 4-1, and 1-0 BSC after Sunday’s match. They are scheduled to compete in three contests against UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro and Troy, before meeting the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, March 13. Head coach Mike Baker is in his sixth year at the helm.
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