PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers tennis competed in a doubleheader on Friday, with a full two-game day at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. In the morning, RU pushed LIU to the wire, eventually going down 4-3. In the second game of the day, RU ended the day with a strong performance, earning a 5-1 win over Seton Hall.
“It was a long point at the end of my deciding game, I wanted to play aggressively and finish the point to get the win. I wanted to be resilient and bring effort, energy and attitude. Everyone fought very strong today with two games. In this second game of the day, we arrived with a lot of energy, effort and attitude and the results came in. We all learn something from every game and want to play aggressively and with a lot of energy. If we do that in every game, I’m sure we will be successful this season.”
Rutgers vs. LIU (4-3 LIU)
The double point was decided on the last match, where the duo of Kristiana Zahare and Jackeline Lopez picked up a 7-5 win at the No. 2 double to clinch the point. Sydney Kaplan and Daira Cardenas also managed with a 6-4 victory to allow victory in doubles.
Rutgers picked up a pair of singles wins, coming in at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. minchae kim defeated Bianca Compuesto by a score of 6-4, 6-2 and Diana Cardenas defeated Elinor Storkaas by a margin of 6-3, 6-4. RU had a 3-1 lead after the wins, but the Sharks came back with a No. 2 singles win, and the match would come down to a pair of straight sets. LIU picked up a comeback win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win, reducing the game to an extremely close No. 1 singles battle. In the end, the Sharks took the win there- down, defending two match points and earning a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) win to seal the game.
Rutgers v Seton Hall (5-1 UK)
The Scarlet Knights rebounded from a morning loss with a dominant doubles performance. RU picked up No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles wins. The duo of Tess Fisher and minchae kim won 6-1, while Daira Cardenas and Sydney Kaplan swept a game 6-0. Jackeline Lopez and Kirstiana Zahare were also winning their match (4-1) when the team clinched.
Rutgers continued their strong singles play against the Pirates. Daira Cardenas was the first Scarlet Knight to pick up a point, winning her second singles match of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 victory in fifth place in singles. Tess Fisher followed by a 6-3, 6-4 win in singles No. 1 to give RU a 3-0 lead. Jackeline Lopez picked up the No. 2 singles victory, as the rookie cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win to ensure the Scarlet Knights would end the day with a win. Ending almost simultaneously, Sydney Kaplan picked up a victory over Arabella Moen by a score of 6-0, 7-6 (5).
Those two games concluded non-conference play for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers return to action on Tuesday, March 15, as they travel to Surprise, Arizona for a game against Wisconsin.