HAMDEN, CT – Freshman Dana Gordon (Atlantic City, NJ) continued her strong early-season play, winning the Flight C singles title at the Quinnipiac Invitational to highlight Rutgers’ effort at the three-day tournament.
Gordon, who also won the Flight C singles title at the Cornell Invitational two weekends ago, is now 7-0 in the fall season. She defeated Jana Bartolini of Massachusetts in a third set match tiebreaker to claim the title, 10-5.
“Dana continues to show maturity and is growing with every match,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “We couldn’t be happier with how she’s playing. Her performance not only gives her confidence moving forward this fall, but should also carry over into the spring.”
Not to be outdone, the doubles tandem of Anela Dujsic (Mississauga, Ontario) and Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) won the Flight B doubles crown.
“We’ve traditionally had very strong doubles play, and this weekend was no different,” said Bucca. “Jill and Anela played with great confidence. That’s what it takes to win at tournaments like these in which you’re playing a lot of matches in a relatively shot amount of time.”
Markowitz also excelled in singles competition, advancing to the Flight B singles final. Although she lost, Markowitz appears well on her way to regaining the form she enjoyed before being forced out of action on the spring 2005 season.
“Jill has worked very hard to come back,” said Bucca. “She’s playing at a level that I know will carry over into the spring season. We always knew she’d make it back, but it’s nice to see her on the court again playing well.”
Overall, Rutgers played in four of the six finals that were contested on Sunday, winning two titles. RU’s other finalist on Sunday was sophomore Katrina Elder-Bush (Boston, MA), who was in the Flight A singles draw.
“Overall, the team played very well this weekend and we all feel positive about the direction we’re going in,” said Bucca. “On of the nice things about this tournament is that there’s always a good number of BIG EAST schools that participate. With a chance to gage ourselves against other conference teams, it’s clear that we’re going to a presence in the BIG EAST race this spring.”
Rutgers returns to action on Oct. 7-10 when it heads to Forest Hills, NY, for the annual USTA Invitational.