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Tennis Rolls Past Delaware – Rutgers University Athletics

Tennis Rolls Past Delaware – Rutgers University Athletics

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Mai Nguyen, Minchae Kim, and Naomi Karki all earned wins in both singles and doubles play, as the Rutgers women’s tennis team (3-1, 0-0 B1G) rolled past Delaware (1-2), 6-1, on Friday afternoon at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.
 
“We came out incredibly offensive in doubles, which was key,” said head coach Hilary Ritchie. “We were able to continue that momentum going into the first sets of singles. I was impressed by the fight of the players, even after the match was clinched. I think this puts us in a great position going into tomorrow against Yale.”
 
Doubles
 
RU started off with a quick victory on doubles court No. 3, with Arina Valitova and Karki cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Hens.

Courts No. 1 and 2 were both close battles, but Nguyen and Kim were able to prevail, 6-3, and clinch the doubles point for RU.
 
Tara Chilton and Yana Gurevich held a tight, 5-4, edge over Delaware when doubles play concluded.
 
Singles
 
Karki recorded the first singles victory of the afternoon, defeating the Blue Hens’ Alex Staiculescu in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to give Rutgers a 2-0 edge early in the round.
 
Chilton then followed the freshman’s victory up with her own straight-sets win, 6-2, 6-4, over Delaware’s No. 1 singles, Eliza Askarova.
 
Nguyen claimed the match-clinching win with a 6-0, 7-5, victory at the fourth lineup spot.
 
Gurevich and Kim both found themselves in the midst of tight competition once RU had clinched the team victory, but that did not stop them from keeping their focus and pulling out singles wins of their own.
 
After falling in the first set to her opponent, Gurevich climbed back into the match with a second-set victory. The graduate student then claimed the advanatge in the ten-point tiebreaker to secure the win.
 
Kim battled to a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory over Julieta Honrubia to close out the competition.
 

Gallery: (2-2-2024) Tennis vs. Delaware

Results
 
Doubles

  1. Tara Chilton/Yana Gurevich (RU) vs. Eliza Askarova/Alex Staiculescu (Delaware) 5-4, unfinished
  2. Minchae Kim/Mai Nguyen (RU) def. Samantha Svendsen/Julieta Honrubia (Delaware) 6-3
  3. Arina Valitova/Naomi Karki (RU) def. Slade Coetzee/Maryia Hrynashka (Delaware) 6-1

 
Singles

  1. Tara Chilton (RU) def. Eliza Askarova (Delaware) 6-2, 6-4
  2. Slade Coetzee (Delaware) def. Jackeline Lopez (RU) 6-3, 6-2
  3. Yana Gurevich (RU) def. Alina Vasilenko (Delaware) 6-7(6), 6-4, 1-0 (5)
  4. Mai Nguyen (RU) def. Maryia Hrynashka (Delaware) 6-0, 7-5
  5. Minchae Kim (RU) def. Julieta Honrubia (Delaware) 6-3, 7-6(6)
  6. Naomi Karki (RU) def. Alex Staiculescu (Delaware) 6-1, 6-2

 
Knights Notes

  • Rutgers now holds a 6-3 advantage in the lifetime series against Delaware.
  • The win snaps the Blue Hen’s two-match win streak over RU.
  • Rutgers is now riding a three-match win streak.
  • For the second-straight campaign, RU claimed victory in each of its first two matches at home.
  • Chilton, Gurevich, and Kim all currently hold perfect 3-0 records in singles play this campaign.
  • Kim has also recorded three doubles victories in three matches with partners Nguyen and Gurevich.

 
Next Up
 
The Scarlet Knights return to the East Brunswick Racquet on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. to take on Yale for their Community Night. Fans in attendance will receive Rutgers Tennis stress balls and pizza (while supplies last). A raffle will also be held for fans to enter for the chance to win free gear.
 
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