MANASQUAN, N.J. (March 25, 2012) – In a match that was moved indoors to the Atlantic Club, Rutgers University women’s tennis won all three doubles matches and split the six singles contests to defeat BIG EAST rival St. John’s, 4-3, on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights evened their conference record at 3-3 and sit at 8-6 overall.
“This was a very close and competitive match, with doubles being the difference,” said ninth-year head coach Benjamin Bucca. “In the critical moments of doubles we were able to play very aggressive and solid tennis, which ended up being the key to the win. We are happy to have won the last two matches and look forward to our next match against a ranked opponent, Yale.”
After sweeping doubles Thursday against Villanova, RU continued its hot play to take all three matches and the double point once again. The first duo of senior Jennifer Holzberg (Easton, Conn.) and sophomore Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) continued their stellar play by edging out the Red Storm’s top pair, 8-6. Senior Morgan Ivey (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) and freshman Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) won their match, 8-4, for their eighth win of the season at the second slot, while the third tandem of sophomore Stefania Balasa (East Brunswick, N.J.) and freshman Noor Judeh (Potomac, Md.) prevailed for the second-straight match, 8-3.
Needing to win three singles contests for the match win, the Scarlet Knights did just that. Ivey won in straight sets at number three, including a shutout in the second. Balasa and Judeh then each won comfortably at the fourth and sixth slot, respectively, to seal the conference victory.
St. John’s dropped to 3-9 and 2-2 in the league.
Rutgers heads back to the road for a match against No. 24 Yale on Friday, March 30. First serve in New Haven, Conn., is set for 3:30 p.m.
Rutgers 4, St. John’s 3
1. Nevena Selakovic (STJ) def. Vanessa Petrini (RU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. Diamond Adams (STJ) def. Jennifer Holzberg (RU) 7-6 (5), 7-5
3. Morgan Ivey (RU) def. Joanna Zwirbulis (STJ) 6-4, 6-0
4. Stefania Balasa (RU) def. Nakita Austin (STJ) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ece Firat (STJ) def. Lindsay Balsamo (RU) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-7
6. Noor Judeh (RU) def. Terri Thomas (STJ) 6-1, 6-2
1. Holzberg/Petrini (RU) def. Selakovic/Austin 8-6
2. Ivey/Balsamo (RU) def. Firat/Zwirbulis 8-4
3. Balasa/Judeh (RU) def. Adams/Thomas 8-3
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