PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s tennis team earned its fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday afternoon inside the Busch Tennis Bubble in Piscataway, NJ, shutting out Seton Hall, 7-0. Rutgers won every match in both singles and doubles competition, improving to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in BIG EAST play." />
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Rutgers Sweeps Seton Hall For Fifth-Straight Win
  • Posted on April 09, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s tennis team earned its fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday afternoon inside the Busch Tennis Bubble in Piscataway, NJ, shutting out Seton Hall, 7-0. Rutgers won every match in both singles and doubles competition, improving to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in BIG EAST play.

    The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Andrea Weckstein (Holmdel, NJ) and senior co-captain Carissa Sommerlad (Bradley Beach, NJ) defeated Viviana Figueroa and Emelie Akerbrant of Seton Hall, 8-2. No. 2 doubles saw senior co-captain Jennifer Hellier (Annapolis, MD) and freshman Ketevan Shmakova (Dover, NJ) down Lorell Zamot and Kim Barfuss, 8-2. Freshmen Alina Balasa (East Brunswick, NJ) and Jill Markowitz (Forest Hills, NY) earned RU’s third win in doubles competition, beating Erin Burke and Lara Spagnuolo, 8-3, at the No. 3 position.

    The Scarlet Knights took all the singles matches, surrendering just two sets all afternoon. At No. 1 singles, Weckstein improved to 9-8 for the season with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Barfuss. Sommerlad earned her 11th win of the spring season, downing Akerbrant, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. No. 3 singles saw Hellier defeat Zamot, 6-0, 6-3. Balasa extended her winning streak to eight matches, earning a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 decision over Figueroa at No. 4 singles. She has a team-high 12 wins for the Scarlet Knights in dual competition this spring. Shmakova won at the No. 5 position, beating Spagnuolo, 6-3, 6-0. Markowitz registered her fourth win of the spring, downing Burke, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11), at No. 6 singles.

    The Scarlet Knights return to action on Friday, April 11, facing Providence in the second of three-straight home matches to conclude the regular season. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on the outdoor courts of the Rutgers Tennis Complex. Should bad weather move into the area, the match will be moved to 8 p.m. inside the East Brunswick Tennis Center.

    Rutgers 7, Seton Hall 0

    Singles
    No. 1 Andrea Weckstein (RU) def. Kim Barfuss (SHU), 7-5, 6-1
    No. 2 Carissa Sommerlad (RU) def. Emelie Akerbrant (SHU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
    No. 3 Jennifer Hellier (RU) def. Lorell Zamot (SHU), 6-0, 6-3
    No. 4 Alina Balasa (RU) def. Viviana Figueroa (SHU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
    No. 5 Ketevan Shmakova (RU) def. Lara Spagnuolo (RU), 6-3, 6-0
    No. 6 Jill Markowitz (RU) def. Erin Burke (SHU), 6-4, 7-6 (13-11)

    Doubles
    No. 1 Weckstein/Sommerlad (RU) def. Figueroa/Akerbrant (SHU), 8-2
    No. 2 Hellier/Shmakova (RU) def. Zamot/Barfuss (SHU), 8-2
    No. 3 Balasa/Markowitz (RU) def. Spagnuolo/Burke (SHU), 8-3

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