PITTSBURGH, PA – The Rutgers women’s tennis team (7-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) was able to split a pair of weekend matches against conference competition, knocking off Pittsburgh, 4-2, on Saturday before falling to West Virginia, 5-2, on Sunday.
Against the Panthers on Saturday, Katrina Elder-Bush (Boston, MA) won at first singles, but the combination of Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) and Helen Magomedova (Brooklyn, NY) were able to pick up two critical singles victories to clinch the win. Balasa won in straight sets over Leah Freidman, 6-1, 6-2, while Magomedova endured a three-set marathon against Emily Hughes, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
In doubles, Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) and Elder-Bush, along with Balasa and Anela Dujsic (Mississauga, Ontario), won by identical 8-4 scores. Lauren Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ) did not finish her match at sixth singles or third doubles.
Less than 24 hours later against West Virginia, Elder-Bush got the Scarlet Knights started on the right foot with a 6-2, 6-2 win at first singles, but WVU claimed victories at third, third, fifth and sixth singles. Magomedova won her second straight three-set singles match, besting Raynie Theis 6-2, 3-6, 11-9.
Elder-Bush and Shmakova defeated Theis and Monica Lyskawa at first doubles, 8-3, but the Mountaineers won at second and third doubles to claim the team point.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Thursday, April 7, when it hosts Lafayette at the Rutgers Tennis Complex at 2:00 p.m.
Rutgers 4, Pittsburgh 2
Katrina Elder-Bush (RU) def. Jill Williams (UP) 6-3, 6-1
Annie Davies (UP) def. Anela Dujsic (RU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6
Alina Balasa def. Leah Freidman (UP) 6-1, 6-2
Helen Magomedova (RU) def. Emily Hughes (UP) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Carlie Smith (UP) def. Ketevan Shmakova (RU) 6-1, 6-2
Lauren Edelschein vs. Konita Jude DNF
Shamkova/Elder-Bush def. Williams/Hughes 8-4
Balasa/Dujsic def. Freidman/Smith 8-4
Magomedova/Edelschein vs. Davies/Jude DNF
West Virginia 5, Rutgers 2
Elder-Bush def. Kelly Walsh 6-2, 6-2
Natalia Prinz def. Dujsic 6-3, 6-2
Monica Lyskawa def. Balasa 6-2, 6-4
Magomedova def. Raynie Theis 6-2, 3-6, 11-9
Colleen Speaker def. Shmakova 6-4, 6-2
Stacy Percival def. Edelschein 6-3, 6-1
Edler-Bush/Shmakova def. Theis/Lyskawa 8-3
Percival/Prinz def. Dujsic/Balasa 8-4
Walsh/Catherine Koontz def. Edelschein/Magomedova 8-1