NCAA Womens Tennis

Tennis to Open B1G Play at No. 75 Indiana and No. 50 Purdue

Tennis to Open B1G Play at No. 75 Indiana and No. 50 Purdue

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Rutgers women’s tennis team (8-2, 0-0 B1G) will kickoff Big Ten play this weekend with back-to-back matches against No. 75 Indiana (8-4, 0-1 B1G) on Friday, March 10 (1:30 p.m.) and No. 50 Purdue (9-0, 0-0 B1G) on Saturday, March 11 (12 p.m.) 

Last Time Out  

Rutgers fell to Delaware on Friday, Feb. 24 on the road, 5-2. The Blue Hens picked up the doubles point before winning singles matches on courts No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 to secure the match victory.   

Amira Badawi got the win on the third court in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 10-9. Arina Valitova also got the win at the fifth lineup spot, also in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. She is 6-0 at the No. 5 spot this season.   

Strong Start 

The Scarlet Knights came out hot in the spring, starting off with a perfect 4-0 record. The team earned sweeps over Bucknell (7-0), Binghamton (7-0) in addition to wins against Drexel (6-1) and Army (5-2) for their first and best undefeated start since 2018.  

Daira Cardenas is the only Scarlet Knights to go without dropping a match this spring, compiling a 4-0 singles record. Arina Valitova (6-1) and Amira Badawi (4-1) have also been solid on the court so far this slate.  

Rutgers has also been solid in doubles, winning the first point in all but two matches this season. Valitova and partner Jackeline Lopez are 7-1 on the slate while Kim/Chloe Brown are also undefeated with a 2-0 mark.  

Transferring In 

RU welcomed two transfers this offseason in Amira Badawi (NJIT) and Tara Chilton (Washington).  

Badawi, a native of Cairo, Egypt, compiled a 30-7 record with NJIT over two seasons, including an impressive 22-5 mark playing in the top three singles spots for the Highlanders in 2021-22, a season that ended with a second place showing in the Southland Conference Tournament. 

In her two seasons at Washington, Chilton compiled an 18-18 singles and 17-14 doubles record. Last year as a sophomore, Chilton and the No. 37 Huskies played to a 14-12 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She went 7-2 in singles tournament play including reaching…

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