NCAA Womens Tennis

Tennis Tops Michigan State For First B1G Win of Season


 EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Yana Gurevich, Mai Nguyen, and Naomi Karki each recorded singles victories to lift the Rutgers women’s tennis team (10-5, 1-3 B1G) over Michigan State (9-8, 0-3 B1G), 4-0, for its first Big Ten victory of the dual campaign.
“This was a strong team victory,” said head coach Hilary Ritchie. “The players did a good job when they had leads and opportunities. Moving forward, we need to continue to be aggressive, and look to finish inside the court. We are excited for the opportunity to take on Michigan on Sunday.”
Rutgers picked up wins on the second and third courts to clinch the doubles point and an early lead in the dual.
Jackeline Lopez and Minchae Kim earned a 6-3 win over the Spartans to start the round, before Amira Badawi and Karki battled to a 7-5 victory to clinch the point.
Gurevich and Nguyen held a 6-5 edge in an intense tiebreaker with No. 37 Ayshe Can and Nicole Conrad when play was suspended.
Gurevich doubled the Scarlet Knights’ lead early in singles play, defeating MSU’s Matilde Morais, 6-0, 6-2.
Nguyen added her first conference victory of the season, 6-2, 6-2, over her opponent to put RU on the verge of clinching the dual.
Karki then secured the match with the first Big Ten victory of her career. The freshman took down Natalie Stasny, 6-2, 6-4, to give Rutgers its win.
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