NCAA Womens Tennis

Tennis Closes Out Nonconference Slate with Win Over UIC

Tennis Closes Out Nonconference Slate with Win Over UIC


CHICAGO โ€” Jackeline Lopez recorded a three-set match-clinching victory to lift No. 75 Rutgers women’s tennis (9-3, 0-1 B1G) over UIC (3-9), 4-3, on Thursday afternoon at the XS Tennis Village.
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The victory closes out RU’s 11-match nonconference slate, with the Scarlet Knights playing to a 9-2 record in those duals. Rutgers went a strong 5-1 on the road, as well as 4-1 at home.
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Doubles
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The Flames took an early 1-0 edge after clinching the doubles point.
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Despite dropping the round, Tara Chilton and Yana Gurevich added their team-leading sixth doubles win of the season, downing the Flame’s No. 1 duo, 6-4.
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Singles
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Singles play started with an equalizing win from Amira Badawi, 6-4, 6-0, at the second court.
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Minchae Kim was then able to give RU its first edge of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court No. 5.
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The Flames did not back down though, picking up two wins on the first and sixth courts to put themselves ahead, 3-2.
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Mai Nguyen came up clutch for Rutgers, keeping her team alive with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory on the fourth court to tie the match at three.
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Lopez then sealed the victory for the Scarlet Knights. After splitting the first two sets with her opponent, the junior earned a 6-3 win in the final frame to clinch the competition.
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Results
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Doubles

  1. Tara Chilton/Yana Gurevich (RU) def. Agnes Gustafsson/Camille Belberka (UIC) 6-4
  2. Mayu Ushio/Zara Ryan (UIC) def. Amira Badawi/Mai Nguyen (RU) 7-5
  3. Paula Rodriguez Gregoris/Tamara Malazonia (UIC) def. Minchae Kim/Naomi Karki (RU) 7-6(4)

Singles

  1. Agnes Gustafsson (UIC) def. Tara Chilton (RU) 6-4, 6-1
  2. Amira Badawi (RU) def. Tamara Malazonia (UIC) 6-4, 6-0
  3. Jackeline Lopez (RU) def. Mayu Ushio (UIC) 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5
  4. Mai Nguyen (RU) def. Camille Belberka (UIC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  5. Minchae Kim (RU) def. Zara Ryan (UIC) 6-2, 6-2
  6. Anais Brion (UIC) def. Arina Valitova (RU) 6-0, 6-4

Knights Notes

  • Rutgers earned the first win in the lifetime series between the two programs.
  • Nguyen and Kim both recorded their team-high eighth singles victory in the win over UIC.
  • Badawi is 3-1 in singles appearances since returning to the court against UConn (Feb. 18).
  • Chilton and Gurevich moved to 6-3 as a doubles pair on the dual season. All of their victories have come at the first court.
  • RU closed out its nonconference season with…

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