MIAMI, FL – Despite singles victories from Jill Markowitz and Alina Balasa, the Rutgers women’s tennis team fell to UTEP, 4-3, on the second day of its week-long trip in Miami, FL." />
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Women's Tennis Falls to UTEP 4-3
  • Posted on March 16, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • MIAMI, FL – Despite singles victories from Jill Markowitz and Alina Balasa, the Rutgers women’s tennis team fell to UTEP, 4-3, on the second day of its week-long trip in Miami, FL.

    UTEP took all three double matches to take a 1-0 lead in the match, and then won the first two singles matches for a 3-0 edge. Victories by Alina Balasa, Markowitz, Helen Magomedova put RU ahead 3-2, but UTEP won the final two matches for the final 4-3 margin.

    Previously on its trip, Rutgers defeated Broward County Community College, 5-2. Broward is one of the top-ranked community colleges in the nation. The Scarlet Knights also knocked off Lafayette, 5-0, prior to leaving for Florida.

    Rutgers wraps up its Spring Break trip with a match against St. Thomas University on Wednesday, March 17.

    UTEP 4, Rutgers 3

    Doubles
    Palider/Rezar (UTEP) def. Shmakova/Weckstein (Rutgers), 9-7
    Balasa/Markowitz (Rutgers) def. Barzilai/Boykova (UTEP), 8-6
    King/Spirta (UTEP) def. Edelschein/Link (Rutgers), 8-5

    Singles
    Martina Rezar def. Weckstein (Rutgers), 6-3, 6-3
    Téa Spirta def. Ketevan Shmakova (Rutgers), 6-2, 6-4
    Alina Balasa (Rutgers) def. Gilat Barzilai, 6-2, 6-2
    Jill Markowitz (Rutgers) def. Adriana Boykova, 7-6 (10-8), 1-4, Retired
    Helen Magomedova (Rutgers) def. Katherine Palider, 5-7, 2-3, Retired
    Danielle King def. Lauren Edelschein (Rutgers), 6-2, 6-3

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