PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 15, 2014) – Winners of four-straight matches, the Rutgers tennis team (7-3) will take its recent success to New Orleans, La., to play Southern (5-4), Southeastern Louisiana (6-2) and Tulane (4-10) from March 16-19 for the team’s annual spring break trip.
The Scarlet Knights hit the road after downing Delaware Wednesday, March 12 at the East Brunswick Racquet Club, 6-1. RU captured five wins in singles action while producing two victories in doubles play to secure the match against the Blue Hens. For Rutgers, it was its third-straight win at home and fifth victory in its past seven contests.
RU is led in singles action by sophomore Lindsey Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.), who leads the Scarlet Knights with a 7-3 record in solo play, including a perfect 2-0 record in conference matches. Junior Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) and freshman Farris Cunningham (Houston, Texas) also have performed well for Rutgers, boasting a 5-1 and 4-1 record, respectively, in singles play.
In doubles, senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) has compiled a team-leading 7-3 doubles mark. After competing with Cunningham to begin the season, Petrini has paired with Kayati in the Scarlet Knights’ past three matches, going 2-1 during that span.
Rutgers will first play Southern, members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, on Sunday, March 16 at 11 a.m. local time. After starting the season with five-straight losses, the Jaguars have won four-straight contests, including three shutout wins during the streak.
The Scarlet Knights will get a day of rest before taking on Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m. local time. Before suffering their first conference loss to Abilene Christian, 5-2, on March 13, the Lions had won five-straight contest. Valya Rusakova leads Southeastern Louisiana with a 7-1 record in singles play, while the duos of Rusakova/Renee Villarreal and Reginkia Nychytailova/Adriana Castillo are all 2-1 in doubles play.
The Lions will play matches on March 15 and March 16 against Central Arkansas and Oral Robert, respectively, before facing RU next Tuesday.
Tulane will serve as RU’s last opponent of the trip, when Rutgers plays the Green Wave the following day on Wednesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. local time. Tulane (4-11) has lost eight of its past nine matches this season, with its lone win during that time coming March 1 against St. John’s, 4-3.
Despite their losing record, the Green Wave boasts Klara Vyskocilova, who is currently ranked as the no. 73 singles player in the country, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Including fall action, Vyskocilova holds a 16-6 singles record for Tulane with a perfect 9-0 mark in the No. 1 singles position.
Rutgers returns “To the Banks” on Friday, March 28 against Temple. The contest will be the Scarlet Knight’s first at the RU Tennis Complex this season. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.
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