NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Rutgers women’s tennis team (8-4, 0-2 B1G) will head south to face No. 16 Wisconsin (11-2, 2-0) on Wednesday, March 15 at noon. The two teams will play a neutral site match at the University of New Orleans.
Last Time Out
Rutgers fell to then-No. 75 Indiana (6-1) and No. 50 Purdue (7-0) over the weekend. Amira Badawi picked up a win on the third court against the Hoosiers, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. She is now 5-2 this spring and 3-2 on court No. 3.
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.
Rutgers has also been solid in doubles, winning the first point in eight 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.
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 the round of 32 at ITA Northwest Regional.
Rutgers also welcomed two freshmen to the squad, Mai Nguyen and Arina Volitova.
Ranked top 75 nationally, Nguyen arrives “On The Banks” from Atlanta, Georgia. She was the 2019 Southern Doubles Champions and finished in fifth in National Doubles. She was also the 2020 Georgia State Champion and 2021 Winter Southerns Champions.
A product of Bratislava, Slovakia, Valitova comes to the US after finding success in the European Junior circuit. She won the ITF Juniors tournaments and Tennis…
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