NJIT Women's Tennis Opens ASUN Play With Victory vs. Stetson

NJIT Women's Tennis Opens ASUN Play With Victory vs. Stetson

NEWARK, N.J. --- ASUN Conference play opened on a positive note for the NJIT women's tennis team after the Highlanders held off the Stetson Hatters for a 4-3 home victory Saturday afternoon at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreation Facility.

"I am so proud of the team, they came out very strong in both singles and doubles and showed their energy and focus until we clinched the match," head coach Zaki Abdelrahman said after the conference-opening win. "I am happy with how we are developing and growing as a team. Defeating last year's ASUN runner-up is a great experience that will only help us down the road. Individually, having Joleta, Mouna, and Holly still producing at a high level in big games is great to see." 

NJIT (12-2, 1-0 ASUN) continued its strong play in doubles by taking the point with wins at Nos. 3 and 1 and built a 3-0 lead after Holly Matsonand Joleta Budiman handled their respective matches in the fourth and first flight. An NJIT loss at No. 3 put Stetson (9-5, 0-1 ASUN) on the board (3-1) but Mouna Bouzgarrou secured the win for the Highlanders after fighting through a close, straight set match.

Stetson picked up wins at Nos. 5 and 6 with the match already in hand for the Highlanders. 

NJIT will take a one-game break from conference play on Tuesday, March 19 to face Florida Southern before taking on Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, March 23.

NJIT 4, Stetson 3

Singles competition
1. Joleta Budiman (NJIT) def. Danel Ashirova (STET) 6-4, 6-3
2. Mouna Bouzgarrou (NJIT) def. Lucie Renault (STET) 7-5, 7-5
3. Brooke Milner (STET) def. Advaita Saravanan (NJIT) 6-3, 6-3
4. Holly Matson (NJIT) def. Vicky Geurinckx (STET) 6-3, 6-1
5. Danielle Peele (STET) def. Mayar Eltony (NJIT) 6-2, 5-7, 10-6
6. Alexe Viaud (STET) def. Rafaella Sampaio (NJIT) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8

Doubles competition
1. Holly Matson/Joleta Budiman (NJIT) def. Danel Ashirova/Lucie Renault (STET) 6-3
2. Mouna Bouzgarrou/Rafaella Sampaio (NJIT) vs. Brooke Milner/Vicky Geurinckx (STET) unfinished
3. Amanda Helminsky/Advaita Saravanan (NJIT) def. Alexe Viaud/Megan Horwitz (STET) 6-2

Match Notes
Stetson 9-5 (0-1 ASUN)
NJIT 12-2 (1-0 ASUN)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,3,2,6,5)