PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 28, 2014) – The Rutgers tennis team (4-3, 1-1 AAC) will play its sixth-straight road match on Saturday, March 1, when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to play Cornell (2-2) at noon. This will be the last road contest for the Scarlet Knights before hosting two-straight home matches.
RU enters the match after splitting a pair of AAC road contests last weekend. The Scarlet Knights lost their conference-opener to Louisville, 6-1, on Feb. 21 before capturing a 4-3 victory against Cincinnati two days later.
Rutgers is led in singles play by sophomore Lindsay Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.), who holds a 6-1 record. In their loss to the Cardinals, Kayati was the only player for the Scarlet Knights to record a point for the team, logging a 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 victory against Louisville’s Cassie Pough.
In doubles action, the tandem of senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) and freshman Farris Cunningham (Houston, Texas) leads Rutgers with a 5-2 mark. The duo went 2-0 in doubles play last weekend, including an 8-5 defeat of Louisville’s Cassie Pough and Elle Stokes. It was the Scarlet Knights only doubles victory on the day.
Saturday will be the first match for Cornell since Feb. 8. Last weekend, the Big Red’s two-match road trip to Alabama to play South Alabama and Troy was cancelled due to inclement weather. Cornell is currently experiencing a two-match losing streak.
In its last time on the courts, Cornell finished sixth at the ECAC Indoor Championships following two matches Feb. 7-8 in New York. The Big Red opened with a 4-2 loss to Brown, and then suffered a 5-2 setback against Dartmouth at Columbia's Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The Big Red won the doubles point both days, then freshman Alexandra D'Ascenzo and senior Shannon Comolli each won one singles match on the weekend.
The doubles team of D'Ascenzo and sophomore Dena Tanenbaum is ranked 46th in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
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