EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (March 7, 2014) – The Rutgers tennis team (6-3, 1-1 AAC) extended its winning streak to three-straight games Friday evening with a 6-1 win over the visiting Binghamton Bearcats (2-6) at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. The match marked the first home contest for the Scarlet Knights since Feb. 7. RU had previously played six-straight matches on the road.
The Scarlet Knights swept all three doubles matches on the day and lost just one of the six singles matchups.
“It was great to have a convincing win today and it was nice to be playing on our home courts,” said head coach Ben Bucca, Jr. “We have strong momentum with three winning matches in a row and we are really playing well and feeling confident. We are looking forward to a very tough and competitive match against the University of Delaware next Wednesday, and are hoping to avenge last season’s loss.”
Rutgers began the day by sweeping all three doubles matches in convincing fashion. The tandem of senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) and sophomore Lindsey Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.) started the winning by downing Agatha Ambrozy and Katherine Mediani, 8-1, for their second-straight victory as teammates.
Junior Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) and sophomore Mariam Zein (Sugarland, Texas) went on to take down Shea Brodsky and Alexis Tashiro, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles, while senior co-captain Stefania Balasa (East Brunswick, N.J.) and sophomore Gina Li (Hillsborough, N.J.) completed the sweep with an 8-1 win over Annie DiMuro and Sara Kohtz.
In singles play, Petrini outlasted Tashiro, 6-0, 7-6 (4) at No. 1, while Li followed up with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Medianik at No. 2 singles.
Kayati improved to a team-leading 7-2 on the year after a 6-4, 6-0 win against Kohtz at No. 3.
Balasa, like Petrini, also faced a challenge in her singles match, but was able to pull out the 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory. Balsamo secured the final point for RU at No. 6 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Brodsky.
RU will play its second-straight home match for the first time all year on Wednesday, March 12, as the squad welcomes the Blue Hens of Delaware to the East Brunswick Racquet Club at 1 p.m.
Rutgers 6, Binghamton 1
1. Vanessa Petrini/Lindsey Kayati def. Agatha Ambrozy/Katherine Medianik, 8-1
2. Lindsay Balsamo/Mariam Zein def. Shea Brodsky/Alexis Tashiro, 8-3
3. Stefania Balasa/Gina Li def. Annie DiMuro/Sara Kohtz, 8-1
1. Vanessa Petrini def. Alexis Tashiro, 6-0, 7-6 (4)
2. Gina Li def. Katherine Medianik, 6-1, 6-2
3. Lindsey Kayati def. Sara Kohtz, 6-4, 6-0
4. Annie DiMuro def. Mariam Zein, 7-5, 2-6, 10-7
5. Stefania Balasa def. Agatha Ambrozy, 6-1, 7-6 (5)
6. Lindsay Balsamo def. Shea Brodsky, 6-2, 6-4
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