HUNTINGDON, Penn. (Sept. 15, 2019) – The road is behind them now, and the Rutgers University-Camden women’s tennis team finally gets a chance to play its home opener Friday.
Rutgers-Camden bid farewell to its season-opening six-match road trip here Sunday by posting its fourth consecutive victory, beating Juniata College, 9-0, in a non-conference match.
It was the Scarlet Raptors’ third straight 9-0 win and its second sweep of the weekend, which opened with a 9-0 victory at Kean University Saturday.
The surging Scarlet Raptors improve to 4-2, while Juniata is 0-1 after its season opener.
Camden had impressive performances up and down the lineup, including the first collegiate victories by freshman Julia Harrington, who posted a 6-2, 6-4 win at sixth singles and eamed with freshman Laurel DiStefano for an 8-1 win at third doubles. DiStefano also won her match at second singles, 6-3, 6-3.
Sophomore Morgan Dempsey dominated her match at fifth singles, winning, 6-0, 6-0. She also teamed with fellow Schalick High School graduate LeAnne Hall, another sophomore, for an 8-2 win at second doubles. Hall added a 6-2, 6-1 win at third singles.
Sophomore Tiffany Trivers played her first career match at No. 1 singles and earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory, while senior captain Danielle Lemma earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at fourth singles. Trivers and Lemma combined for an 8-4 victory in the top doubles spot.
The two wins by Lemma gives her 40 for her career, lifting her past Kelly Bates (39 wins from 2012-14) and into second place on the all-time program career list.
Rutgers-Camden will be home for its final three matches of the fall semester, beginning Friday with a 4 p.m. New Jersey Athletic Conference battle against Rutgers-Newark. The Raptors host NJAC foe Ramapo College Saturday at 1 p.m. and entertain William Paterson University Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. in another NJAC match.