TAMPA, Fla. (April 20, 2012) – After defeating the University of Cincinnati in a thrilling first round match on Thursday, Rutgers University women’s tennis competed strong, but fell to the University of Notre Dame, 4-0, on Friday at the University of South Florida. The Scarlet Knights moved to 13-9 on the season and will now compete in the consolation bracket at the BIG EAST Championships.
“Today we lost to a very talented Notre Dame team that is playing at the top of their game,” said ninth-year head coach Benjamin Bucca. “We fought very hard and competed effectively from the beginning right to the end. I thought we played well and we have the opportunity to continue playing in the back draw of this tournament. We are looking forward to competing again and continuing our strong play at the BIG EAST Championships.”
Following a 4:30 match the previous day, the Scarlet Knights dropped the opening doubles point and came up short in the first three singles matches. The Fighting Irish (18-7) came in at No. 17 in the latest ITA rankings.
The Scarlet Knights will next play at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 against an opponent to be determined.
Notre Dame 4, Rutgers 0
1. Shannon Mathews (ND) vs. Vanessa Petrini (RU) 6-2, 5-2 DNF
2. Kristy Frilling (ND) def. Jennifer Holzberg (RU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Britney Sanders (ND) vs. Morgan Ivey (RU) 0-6, 6-1, 2-0 DNF
4. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Stefania Balasa (RU) 6-4, 6-1*
5. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Lindsay Balsamo (RU) 6-4, 2-4 DNF
6. Katherine White (ND) def. Satreethai Sasinin (RU) 6-0, 6-2
1. Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Vanessa Petrini/Jennifer Holzberg (RU) 8-1
2. Julie Sabacinski/Britney Sanders (ND) def. Morgan Ivey/Lindsay Balsamo (RU) 8-1*
3. Jennifer Kellner/Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) vs. Stefania Balsamo/Satreethai Sasinin (RU) 7-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4*
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