WEST POINT, NY – Sophomore Katrina Elder-Bush (Boston, MA) became the first female tennis player from Rutgers to advance to the Round of 32 at the ITA Eastern Regionals, highlighting Rutgers’ performance at the annual ITA East Regionals, held Oct. 21-25 in West Point, NY.
Elder-Bush had a bye in the opening Round of 128, and then defeated Angela Wiggs of Saint Peter’s, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to fifth-seeded Melissa Anderson of Harvard, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
“Katrina played well this weekend,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “It was a big step for her, and she held her own against very good competition.”
Freshman Dana Gordon (Atlantic City, NJ) suffered her first loss of the fall season (10-1) when she fell to Lya Kushricruich in the qualifying round, 6-0, 7-5.
In doubles action, Gordan teamed with Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) and the tandem won its first round match, 9-7, over Danielle Greiner and Julianne Poukanich of Niagara. In the Round of 32, Gordon and Balasa lost to 11th-seeded Victoria Vaynberg and Catherine Zawadzki of Syracuse, 8-6.
“Overall, I thought the girls played well,” said Bucca. “An experience like this one is only going to make us better in the long run.”
Rutgers wraps up its fall schedule this weekend, Oct. 29-30, at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, NH, on the premier fall tournaments on the East Coast.