PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women's tennis team opened up its spring season with a weekend split, falling to in-state foe Princeton on Saturday, 6-1, before rebounding to knock off Providence, 7-0, in the home opener on Sunday.
Rutgers (1-1) was never seriously threatned against the Friars, thanks to seven straight-set victories in singles. Sophomore Katrina Elder-Bush rolled past Jen Daigle at first singles, 6-1, 6-2, setting the stage for Alina Balasa to do the same at second singles against Sara Bitetti (6-2, 6-2). Freshman Dana Gordon lost just one game in her victory at third singles over Andrea Lee while Anela Dujsic, Jill Markowitz and Lauren Edelschein had little problem in their respective matches.
The Scarlet Knights' momentum continued into doubles play, as Balasa and Gordon defeated Daigle and Bitetti, 8-1. Shmakova and Elder-Bush breezed past Lee and Kerry Schultz, 8-2, as did Edelschein and Dujsic against Ashley Rissolo and Meghan Gilroy.
Against Princeton, Gordon picked up Rutgers' point when he defeated Ivana King and third singles, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, Markowitz and Shmakova outlasted Christine Kansky and Rankin Williams, 8-7 (7-5), but Princeton won the team point with victories at first and second doubles.
“It was a weekend of tough tennis,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “I was very happy to see us rebound and come right back after Saturday's loss to Princeton. I think this gives us a good deal of momentum heading into the second week of the season.”
Rutgers returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 9 when it travels to Bethleham, PA, to face Lehigh at 3:00 p.m.
Rutgers 7, Providence 0
No. 1 Katrina Elder-Bush, R, def. Jen Daigle, P, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Alina Balasa, R, def. Sara Bitetti, P, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Dana Gordon, R, def. Andrea Lee, P, 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Anela Dujsic, R, def. Ashley Rissolo 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Jill Markowitz, R, def. Meghan Gilroy, P, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Lauren Edelschein, R, def. Kate Lyons, P, 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 Balasa/Gordon def. Daigle/Bitetti 8-1
No. 2 Shmakova/Elder-Bush def. Lee/Kerry Shultz 8-2
No. 3 Edelschein/Dujsic def. Rissolo/Gilroy 8-3
Princeton 6, Rutgers 1
No. 1 Darcy Robertson, P, def. Katrina Elder-Bush, R, 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 Jessica Siebel, P, def. Alina Balasa, R, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Dana Gordon, R, def. Ivana King, P, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Alison Hashmall, P, def. Anela Dujsic, R, 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Christine Kansky, P, def. Jill Markowitz, R, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4)
No. 6 Joanna Roth, P, def. Lauren Edelschein, R, 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 1 King/Siebel, P, def. Elder-Bush/Balasa, R, 8-0
No. 2 Robertson/Roth, P, def. Gordon/Dujsic, R, 8-2
No. 3 Markowitz/Ketevan Shmakova, R, def. Kansky/Rankin Williams, P, 8-7 (5)