PROVIDENCE, RI - Despite the absence of first-doubles standout Ketevan Shmakova, the Rutgers women’s tennis team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 7-0 triumph over Providence on Saturday, Feb. 28." />
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RU Women's Tennis Sweeps Providence 7-0
  • Posted on February 28, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PROVIDENCE, RI - Despite the absence of first-doubles standout Ketevan Shmakova, the Rutgers women’s tennis team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 7-0 triumph over Providence on Saturday, Feb. 28.

    Rutgers came out strong in doubles, as Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) and Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) won 8-2 while Kaitlin Link (Ontario, Canada) and Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) followed with an 8-2 decision at second doubles. Helen Magomedova (Brooklyn, NY) and Lauren Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ) won at third doubles, 8-2.

    The Scarlet Knights kept rolling in singles, as Weckstein won in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) and Balasa fought back after dropping the first set to post a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory. Magomedova earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory at third singles, while Markowitz won 6-3, 2-1 when her opponent retired in the second set. Link and Edelschein won by indentical 6-1, 6-0 scores at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.

    With their singles wins, Link and Markowtiz both remain undefeated on the season (6-0).

    “Providence is a much improved team,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “I don’t think the final score is really indicative of how competitive the match really was. It is a sign, though, that we came out and played at a very high level. Even without Ketevan, we still came out strong in the doubles and carried that into the singles matches.”

    The win improves RU’s BIG EAST record to 2-1 overall. The Scarlet Knights will be in action against on Sunday, Feb. 29, as they stay in Providence to face Brown.

    Rutgers 7, Providence 0

    Doubles

    No. 1 Andrea Weckstein/Alina Balasa def. Sara Bitetti/Cheri Lapane 8-2
    No. 2 Kaitlin Link/Jill Markowitz def. Jennifer Daigle/Andrea Lee 8-2
    No. 3 Helen Magomedova/Lauren Edelschein def. Molly Gilbride/Nicole Rodger 8-2

    Singles

    No. 1 Weckstein def. Daigle 6-3, 6-2
    No. 2 Balasa def. Lapane 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
    No. 3 Magomedova def. Bitetti 6-1, 6-1
    No. 4 Markowitz def. Gilbride 6-3, 2-1 (retired)
    No. 5 Link def. Rodger 6-1, 6-0
    No. 6 Edelschein def. Lee 6-1, 6-0

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