PRINCETON, NJ - After a rain storm swept through the area Wednesday afternoon, the Rutgers women’s tennis team (6-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) was forced to move its match with Princeton to the Tigers’ home courts inside Jadwin Gym. The Scarlet Knights had their three-match winning streak stopped, falling to Princeton, 5-2, in the match, taking two of six singles matches while dropping all three doubles bouts.
Rutgers opened the match surrendering the doubles point to the Tigers. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) and senior Carissa Sommerlad (Bradley Beach, NJ) lost to Alex Kobishyn and Stephanie Berg, 8-1. Senior Jennifer Hellier (Annapolis, MD) and freshman Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) fell at the No. 2 position, 9-8 (3), to Alison Hashmall and Jessica Siebel. No. 3 doubles saw Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) and Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) come up short against Jackie Arcario and Kristen Carlin, 8-2.
In singles action, Weckstein dropped her match to Princeton’s Neha Uberoi, 6-1, 6-2. Sommerlad pulled RU with in one point (2-1) with her win at No. 2 singles over Berg, 6-0, 0-6, 6-3. At No. 3 singles, Hellier lost to Arcario in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. RU again pulled within a point of the Tigers with a win at the No. 4 position as Balasa downed Carlin, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Princeton sealed the win with wins at No. 5 and 6 singles as sophomore Kaitlin Link (Ontario, Canada) and Shmakova took the losses respectively for the Scarlet Knights.
The women will be back in action on Friday, March 28, traveling to Villanova to play the Wildcats at 2 p.m.
Princeton 5, Rutgers 2
No. 1 Neha Uberoi (PU) def. Andrea Weckstein (RU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Carissa Sommerlad (RU) def. Stephanie Berg (PU), 6-0, 0-6, 6-3
No. 3 Jackie Arcario (PU) def. Jennifer Hellier (RU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Alina Balasa (RU) def. Kristen Carlin (PU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 Rankin Williams (PU) def. Kaitlin Link (RU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Alex Kobishyn (PU) def. Ketevan Shmakova (RU), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4
No. 1 Berg/Kobishyn (PU) def. Weckstein/Sommerlad (RU), 8-1
No. 2 Alison Hashmall/Jessica Siebel (PU) def. Hellier/Shmakova (RU), 9-8 (3)
No. 3 Arcario/Carlin (PU) def. Markowitz/Balasa (RU), 8-2