MILWAUKEE, WI - The Rutgers women’s tennis team (3-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) rebounded from a loss to conference newcomer DePaul on Saturday to register an exciting 4-3 victory over Marquette on Sunday, finishing its Midwest roadtrip with a 1-1 record.
The Scarlet Knights were able to get off on a strong note against the Golden Eagles by winning two of three doubles matches, keyed by 8-5 wins from Alina Balasa/Dana Gordon and Anela Dujsic/ Polina Zaretser.
In the singles matches, Lauren Edelschein picked up RU’s second team point with a straight set win at sixth singles, but it was a pair of three-set victories that clinched the match for the Scarlet Knights. Katrina Elder-Bush outlasted Maria Calbeto at first singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, and Ketevan Shmakova recovered after losing the first set to post a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at fourth singles.
“This was a significant win for us to travel halfway across the country and have everyone contribute,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “The match could have gone either way, but it shows a lot about our will win and succeed that we found a way to pull it out.”
Against DePaul, Dujsic was RU’s lone winner at fourth singles, knocking off Anja Mihaldinec 2-6, 7-6 and 10-5 in the match breaker.
Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Feb. 24, when it hosts Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m.
DePaul 6 Rutgers 1
1. Csordas/Ganeva (D) def. Balasa/Gordon (R) 8-0
2. Rehusova/Mihaldinec (D) def. Shmakova/Elder-Bush (R) 8-5
3. Antunovic/Murisic (D) def. Markowitz/Zaretser (R) 8-2
1. Beatrix Csordas (D) def. Katrina Elder-Bush (R) 6-3, 7-6
2. Gergana Ganeva (D) def. Dana Gordon (R) 6-1, 6-4
3. Dunja Antunovic (D) def. Alina Balasa (R) 6-0, 6-1
4. Anela Dujsic (R) def. Anja Mihaldinec (D) 2-6, 7-6, 10-5
5. Bojana Murisic (D) def. Jill Markowitz (R) 6-0, 6-1
6. Petra Rehusova (D) def. Lauren Edelschein (R) 6-3, 6-3
Rutgers 4, Marquette 3
No. 1: Balasa/Gordon (RU) def. Calbeto/Little (MU), 8-5
No. 2: Watkins/Bonnelly (MU) def. Elder-Bush/Schmakova, 8-7 (2)
No. 3: Dujsic/Zaretser (RU) def. Dabrowski/Metzler (MU), 8-5
No. 1: Katrina Elder-Bush (RU) def. Maria Calbeto (MU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 2: Lauren Little (MU) def. Dana Gordon (RU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Erin Watkins (MU) def. Alina Balasa (RU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4: Ketevan Shmakova (RU) def. Dominika Dabrowski (MU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5: Francina Bonnelly (MU) def. Anela Dujsic (RU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Lauren Edelschein (RU) def. Robin Metzler (MU), 6-3, 6-3