WEST POINT, NY -- The Rutgers women’s tennis team (2-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) lost to Air Force on Saturday, 6-1, at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center at Army. Air Force won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to hand the Scarlet Knights their first loss of the season." />
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Air Force Downs Rutgers 6-1
  • Posted on February 15, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • WEST POINT, NY -- The Rutgers women’s tennis team (2-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) lost to Air Force on Saturday, 6-1, at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center at Army. Air Force won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to hand the Scarlet Knights their first loss of the season.

    RU’s lone point came at No. 6 singles where freshman Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) downed Jane McDonald, 6-0, 6-1. Air Force’s Laura Nigro defeated Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Senior Jennifer Hellier (Annapolis, MD) also took her opponent to three sets before falling, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, to Heather Shelby. Kate Bushey beat RU’s Carissa Sommerlad (Bradley Beach, NJ), 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) fell to Gina Black, 6-2, 7-5. Junior Kaitlin Link (Ontario, Canada) lost her match at No. 5 singles to Katie Tomkie, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

    Rutgers earned one victory in doubles action on Saturday. Link and Balasa defeated Tomkie and McDonald, 8-4 at No. 3 doubles. Hellier and freshman Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) lost to Shelby and Bushey, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 doubles it was Nigro and Black taking the win over Sommerlad and Weckstein, 8-3.

    The women will be back in action tomorrow at 9 a.m. when they face Army.

    Air Force 6, Rutgers

    Singles
    1. Laura Nigro (AF) def. Andrea Weckstein, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
    2. Heather Shelby (AF) def. Jennifer Hellier, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
    3. Kat Bushey (AF) def. Carissa Sommerland, 6-4, 6-3
    4. Gina Black (AF) def. Alisa Balasa, 6-2, 7-5 (5)
    5. Katie Tomkie (AF) def. Kaitlin Link, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
    6. Jill Markowitz (RU) def. Jane McDonald, 6-0, 6-1.

    Doubles
    1. Nigro / Black (AF) def. Sommerland . Weckstein, 8-3
    2. Shelby / Bushey (AF) def. Hellier / Shmakova, 8-4
    3. Link / McDonald (RU) def. Tomkie / McDonald, 8-4.

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