BLACKSBURG, VA – Playing its second match in 24 hours, the Rutgers women’s tennis team swept Georgetown on Sunday at Virginia Tech. With the win, the Scarlet Knights split their weekend matches and improve to 9-7 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST.
Rutgers was able to set the tone in the matches by sweeping the three doubles flights. At first doubles, Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) and Keteven Shmakova (Dover, NJ) earned a decisive 8-2 victory, while Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) and Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) followed with a 8-3 triumph at second doubles. Kaitlin Link (Ontario, Canada) and Lauren Edelschin (Medford Lakes, NJ) closed out the doubles matches with an 8-4 win.
In singles play, Rutgers won five of the six matches in straight sets, with Balasa’s 6-7, 6-3, 10-7 win at third singles the lone exception. Weckstein was victorious at first singles (6-4, 6-2), as was Shmakova at second singles (6-1, 6-1), Markowitz at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0), Helen Magomedova (Brooklyn, NY) at fifth singles (6-3, 6-3) and Edelschein at sixth singles (7-5, 6-1).
“We were very aggressive with our shot making today,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “As a team, we seemed to be on the attack from the start. I could tell that our conditioning was also instrumental in our strong all-around play. This is a good win for us play twice in the span of two days. "
The Scarlet Knights return home on Friday, April 2, as it tangles with BIG EAST foe West Virginia at the Rutgers Tennis Complex at 1:00 p.m.
Rutgers 7, Georgetown 0
#1 Andrea Wecksetin/Ketevan Shmakova (RU) def. Darcy Robertson/Jessica Siebel 8-5
#2 Jill Markowitz/Alina Balasa (RU) def. Vanti Bhargava/Laura Timble 8-4
#3 Helen Magomedova/Lauren Edelschein (RU) def. Mateya McCoy/Joanna Roth 8-4
#1 Weckstein def. Robertson 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
#2 Shmakova def. Siebel 6-4, 6-3
#3 Balasa def. Alson Hashmall 6-2, 7-6
#4 Markowitz def. Timble 6-7, 6-1, 6-0
#5 Magomedova def. Roth 7-5, 6-0
#6 Link def. Rankin Williams 6-0, 6-0