NEW ORLEANS (March 16, 2014) – The Rutgers tennis team (8-3) opened its 2014 spring break trip with a decisive 7-0 victory over Southern (5-5) in New Orleans Sunday evening. With the win, the Scarlet Knights extend their win streak to five straight.
The Scarlet Knights downed the Jaguars in all six singles matches, and won the first two doubles match ups to secure the doubles point. The No. 3 doubles match was not played.
In doubles action, the duo of senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) and sophomore Lindsey Kayati (Monroeville, N.J.) improved to 3-1 as a team following an 8-4 win over Laura Syori and Kendall Bunch at the No. 1 slot. Junior Lindsay Balsamo (Wall, N.J.) and sophomore Mariam Zein (Sugarland, Texas) followed with an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over sisters Darnesha and Gabrielle Moore.
In singles action, Petrini continued her strong play with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Syori at No. 1. Sophomore Gina Li (Hillsborough, N.J.) prevailed over Gabrielle Moore at No. 2 singles with identical scores of 6-1, 6-1, while Kayati took down Darnesha Moore 6-2 in the first set and went on to blank her opponent, 6-0, in the second at No. 3 singles.
At No. 4, senior co-captain Stefania Balasa (East Brunswick, N.J.) topped Morgan Taylor, 6-4, 6-2. Balsamo, who improved to an impressive 6-1 on the season following her win, defeated Bunch by a score of 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Rookie Farris Cunningham (Houston, Texas) closed out the day for the Scarlet Knights with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Camara Davis at No. 6.
RU is back in action on Tuesday, March 18 as the squad continues its three-match trip against Southeastern Louisiana.
Rutgers 7, Southern 0
1. Vanessa Petrini/Lindsey Kayati (RU) def. Laura Syori/Kendall Bunch (Southern), 8-4
2. Lindsay Balsamo/Mariam Zein (RU) def. Darnesha Moore/Gabrielle Moore (Southern), 8-5
3. Gina Li/Farris Cunningham (RU) vs. Morgan Taylor/Camara Davis (Southern)- DNP
1. Vanessa Petrini (RU) def. Laura Syori (Southern), 6-2, 6-2
2. Gina Li (RU) def. Gabrielle Moore (Southern), 6-1, 6-1
3. Lindsey Kayati (RU) def. Darnesha Moore (Southern), 6-2, 6-0
4. Stefania Balasa (RU) def. Morgan Taylor (Southern), 6-4, 6-2
5. Lindsay Balsamo (RU) def Kendall Bunch (Southern), 6-1, 6-3
6. Farris Cunningham (RU) def. Camara Davis (Southern), 7-5, 6-1
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