NCAA Womens Tennis

Tennis Edges Michigan State to Advance in Big Ten Tournament


ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — The No. 12-seeded Rutgers women’s tennis team (12-11, 3-9 B1G) edged No. 13 Michigan State (10-16, 1-11 B1G), 4-3, in a back-and-forth battle in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Minchae Kim clinched the victory for RU, breaking a 3-3 tie with a win on the fifth court.

“We let up a little bit in doubles play to lose the point,” said head coach Hilary Ritchie. “However, the players were mentally tough to earn four first sets in singles. Fast starts are incredibly important.”
“Minchae played an aggressive third set to clinch the match. It was a great example of a team effort, and we’re looking forward to playing Illinois again.”
The win marks the second-straight season RU has defeated MSU in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. It is also the second conference tournament win for Ritchie since taking over the program in 2016.
The Spartans earned a hard-fought doubles point, winning on the first and third courts.
Tara Chilton and Kim earned a 6-1 victory on the second court in the round.
Yana Gurevich equalized the dual early in the singles round,…

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