Rutgers Tennis cruised to its fourth straight victory with a 6-1 win over Seton Hall Saturday evening and remain undefeated this semester. The Scarlet Knights won five singles matches and picked up the doubles point in the contest.
RU won both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches; Mingxiu Du and Kat Muzik (No. 1) won 6-2 and move to 3-1 as a pair while Jaci Cochrane and Maya Jacobs (No. 2) won 6-4, moving to 3-0.
Jacobs, Muzik, and Cochrane all won their singles matches (in straight sets) as well, each improving to a 4-0 singles record this season. Isabelle Da Silva and Chloe Lee also won their singles matches to secure the win.
The team began the season with an impressive showing at the NJIT Invitational in January, with Jaci Cochrane becoming the first Rutgers student in program history to be named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.
In their first match of the season, they swept Binghamton at home by a score of 7-0. Each singles match finished in straight sets, with the team also picking up two of three doubles wins.
Their second match against Army was much closer but they were able to pull through, winning 4-3. Cochrane and Jacobs, and Du and Muzik secured the doubles point for Rutgers with 6-1 and 6-4 wins, respectfully. Cochrane, Muzik, and Jacobs (who clinched the win for Rutgers in a tight three-setter) all won their singles matches.
The team then traveled to Newark to take on Delaware and picked up a gritty 6-1 win on the road. The Scarlet Knights secured the doubles point with wins from Cochrane and Jacobs (second straight win), and Lee and Da Silva at the No. 3 spot. Du and Muzik suffered their first loss of the season as a pairing. Cochrane, Muzik, Jacobs, Lee, and Da Silva all won their singles matches, with the last three playing tight matches.
An early 4-0 record helps set the tone for the remainder of the season. Their next seven matches will be on the road against some tough opponents and their conference schedule will begin around mid-March with their remaining 11 matches (six at home) against conference opponents.
Rutgers Tennis will be back in action this weekend with matchups on the road against UConn on Saturday and Cornell on Sunday. Their first Big Ten contest of the season will be at Wisconsin (March 16) while their next home match will be against Maryland (March 24).