PISCATAWAY, NJ – Polina Zaretser (Brooklyn, NY/New Uterecht HS) and Dana Gordon-Hartman (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City HS) have signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Rutgers University women’s tennis team beginning this fall, head coach Ben Bucca announced today.
Zaretser come to Rutgers with impressive national credentials, including a fourth place finish at the Easter Bowl, one of the most competitive junior tennis tournaments in the country. She finished fifth at the United States Hard Court Junior National Championships, which is universally regarded as the premier event for junior players. Zaretser, who is a straight-A student, is the defending New York City champion for New Utrecht High School.
Gordon-Hartman plays first singles for Atlantic City High School and is one of New Jersey’s top all-around players. Aside from being the top-ranked player in the Middle States section of the USTA, Gordon-Hartman has significant national experience, being ranked in the top 100. Gordon-Hartman is also has an A average in high school. She will join New Jersey natives Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ), Lauren Edelschein (Medford Lakes, NJ) and Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) on next year’s roster.
“I’m thrilled about our incoming recruits,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “Combined with last year’s class, it’s a great building block for this program. Our incoming freshmen will immediately add to our depth and they are well-rounded individuals who are well-liked by their peers. Our clear vision for the program is to become an upper-echelon BIG EAST program while achieving ITA All-Academic honors. We are already on that path, and Dana and Polina will only help that vision become a reality sooner rather than later.”
Rutgers finished 10-11 overall this year and 5-4 in the BIG EAST, marking the second time in Bucca’s two-year tenor that the Scarlet Knights were over .500 in conference play. Rutgers won five of its final eight matches and graduates one senior from this year’s team.