ITHACA, NY - The Rutgers women’s tennis team began its 2004 fall schedule in successful fashion, advancing two doubles team and one singles player to championship finals at the Cornell Invitational, held Sept. 10-12 in Ithaca, NY.
Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) rebounded from an opening-round loss in flight B singles to win the consolation finals, earning a 7-6, 6-0 decision to Melanie Tu of Cornell. On her way to the title, Shmakova won all four of her matches in straight sets.
In doubles, Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) and Helen Magomedova (Brooklyn, NY) picked up where they left off last spring, winning three matches and earning a sport in the flight A doubles championship final. Although they lost 8-2, the duo registered an 8-5 quarterfinal win and 8-4 decision in the semifinals.
In flight B doubles, freshmen Katrina Elder-Bush (Boston, MA) and Anela Dujsic (Mississauga, Ontario) made the most of their collegiate debuts, advancing to the championship finals and winning three matches along the way. Elder-Bush and Dujsic earned a hard-fought 8-5 decision in the semifinal round.
“Just like last year, we got very consistent, solid doubles play,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “I was very encouraged by how we competed and progressed over the tournament. We have a lot to build on as we move forward.”
Lauren Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ), Elder-Bush and Markowitz also competed in flight A singles, with Elder-Bush earning a 6-2, 6-1 win in the consolation round. Magomedova and Dujsic competed in flight A singles, while freshman Michalea Brailsford (Auburndale, MA) was RU’s representative in flight C singles.
The Cornell Invitational featured several teams from across the east coast, including Army and Lehigh.
The Scarlet Knights return to action Sept. 25-26 at the Quinnipiac Invitational.