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Tennis

For starters, why does a Division 1 tennis program have to go to a local tennis club in order to play indoors?  Just askin'.....   Because if there's bad weather on April 5 in Illinois, Rutgers will be playing at the UI's Atkins Tennis Center.

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The Rutgers women's tennis team was edged by No. 69 Minnesota, 5-2, last Friday at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.

"We battled Minnesota to the very end," said head coach Ben Bucca. "We are disappointed in not coming out with the win, but we are very proud of our effort and performance."  The Gophers ended a two-match losing streak to improve to 12-6 overall and to a conference record of 2-2.

The doubles competition was intense.  At the No. 2 spot, the pair of senior Lindsay Balsamo and junior Gina Li fought to extra serves, falling by the score of 8-7 (3). The duo of junior Mariam Zein and freshman Chloe Lee went wire-to-wire with their opponents, dropping the match by a minimal margin of 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. The freshman pair of Farris Cunningham and Lee Levy also fell by an identical score of 8-6 in their matchup.

At the No. 5 singles spot, Zein won back-to-back sets to win by marks of 6-3, 7-5. Li also contributed a victory at the No. 1 singles spot, topping Tereza Brichacova in the extra round by a final score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

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Closing out its 2015 home slate, the Rutgers women's tennis team dropped its matchup against Wisconsin, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.  In doubles action, the duo of junior Mariam Zein and freshman Chloe Lee dominated their opponents with an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 position.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

3/27/15

vs. Minnesota *

EBRC, East Brunswick, N.J.

L, 5-2

3/29/15

vs. Wisconsin *

EBRC, East Brunswick, N.J.

L, 6-1

4/04/15

at Northwestern *

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

11:00 a.m. ET

4/05/15

at Illinois *

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

10:00 a.m. ET

Big Ten Tennis

Athlete of the Week

Gabriella De Santis, Ohio State, So. – Caracas, Venezuela

  • Went 3-0 at both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions in wins over No. 28 Purdue and No. 43 Indiana
  • Defeated Daniela Vidal of Purdue (6-4, 6-0) and Katie Klyczek of Indiana (6-4, 6-1)

Men's Track & Field

Junior Thomas Carr took home the top spot in the javelin for a second straight weekend as he captured the event title at the Raleigh Relays on Saturday.  Carr, who opened up the season with a first place finish at last weekend's USF Bulls Invitational, took first again this week with a throw of 66.74m (218' 11").  Rutgers also saw Christopher Mirabelli and Matthew Krezmer among the top five finishers in the javelin. Mirabelli placed third, bettering his mark by over 13 feet from last week.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

Raleigh Relays

3/27-28/15

Raleigh Relays

Raleigh, N.C.

All Day

Colonial Relays

4/3-4/15

Colonial Relays

Williamsburg, Va.

All Day

Women's Track

Freshman Stacey Anning set a new PR and took fourth place in the javelin to highlight the Rutgers women's outdoor track and field results at the Raleigh Relays this weekend.  Anning, who took first last week at the USF Bulls Invitational, bettered last week's mark by over 13 week. The freshman Scarlet Knight took fourth at a distance of 45.89m (150' 6").

Results and Upcoming Schedule


3/27-28/15

Raleigh Relays

Raleigh, N.C.

All Day

4/3-4/15

Colonial Relays

Williamsburg, Va.

All Day

Men's Golf

Rutgers men's golf placed eighth with a 633 (326-307) total at the 23-team Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday at Prospect Bay Country Club. Junior Louis Bodine paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a 153 (77-76) to tie for 17th in the 118-player event.  Arkansas won the event by 16 strokes.

The Scarlet Knights improved 19 strokes from day one to day two and vaulted five positions in the final standings. All five RU competitors carded lower scored on Sunday on the 6,530-yard, par 71 course.

Upcoming Schedule

Redhawk Invitational

4/6-7/15

Redhawk Invitational

University Place, Wash.

All Day

Women's Golf

Rutgers women's golf finished fifth with a 956 (326-313-317) at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate on the Plantation Course at Kingsmill (Williamsburg, VA) on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights competed in a 16-team field and were led by junior Racquel Zurick who finished tied for 10th with a 230 (79-73-78).

Upcoming Schedule

Seton Hall Pirate Invitational

4/2-3/15

Seton Hall Pirate Invitational

Bedminster, NJ

All Day

Rowing

Rutgers rowing opened the 2015 season on March 28 at the 33rd Annual Murphy Cup. The Scarlet Knights' First and Second Varsity 8, Novice 8 and First and Second Varsity 4 boats competed in the event, held throughout the day on the Cooper River.

"The team had a good week of practice and we took a good positive step," said head coach Max Borghard. "The Varsity 4 had a good race in the morning along with the Second Varsity 8, which won its heat. The Varsity 8 had a better second race in the afternoon, showing improvement from the morning heats."

The Second Varsity 8 began the day strong with a top finish, clocking in at 7:23.69 to best Drexel, Connecticut, Lehigh, Mercyhurst and Pittsburgh. The result put the 2V8 in the Women's Collegiate JV 8+ Final, where RU finished sixth in 7:39.84.

RU's First Varsity 8 finished fourth with a time on 7:08.50 in its first heat to earn a spot in the Petite Final. In the final, the Scarlet Knights also finished fourth in 7:02.21, less than seconds behind third-place Bates College (6:59.95).

The Novice 8 crew recorded a time of 8:28.27 in its heat, good for fifth place.

Big Ten Boat of the Week

Ohio State First Varsity Eight

  • Secured wins over nationally ranked Notre Dame and Louisville in its season opener at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual in Columbus
  • Boat bested the Irish by 18 seconds with a winning time of 6:10.65
  • Topped Louisville by more than 15 seconds with a first-place time of 6:13.35 in the afternoon session

Gymnastics

Freshman Elizabeth Groden, senior Luisa Leal, and junior Jenna Williams will all represent Rutgers gymnastics at NCAA Regionals, competing at the Morgantown Regional at West Virginia University on April 4.