Women's Tennis: WVU Prepares For Final Road Trip


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
April 13, 2012 12:15 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team will close out its regular season this weekend as it travels to New Jersey for road matches against BIG EAST foes Seton Hall and Rutgers.

The Mountaineers will take on the Pirates on Saturday at 12 p.m., and then will finish up its regular season spring slate with a match against the Scarlet Knights on Sunday at 12 p.m.

“There is a lot on the line for us this weekend,” says coach Tina Samara. “We are going to have to put together two good performances so we can solidify our place in the BIG EAST tournament.”

Seton Hall sports a 6-13 overall record this season and has struggled in recent weeks, as they have dropped five of their last six matches. Rutgers, meanwhile, enters the weekend with a 10-8 overall record.

“We have to approach these two matches with a certain type of hunger and the feeling that we are going to compete,” Samara says. “These are two good teams, so we are going to have to limit our mistakes and maintain our focus throughout the match.”

In the all-time series against each squad, WVU holds a 14-10 advantage over the Pirates, while the Scarlet Knights own a 15-24 overall record against the Mountaineers.

The matches will also provide senior Veronica Cardenas an opportunity to notch her team-leading tenth singles victory of the season.

The win has proved elusive for Cardenas, as she has been defeated in her previous four contests after a stretch that saw her win six of seven singles matches.

“Veronica has responded to our coaching this season,” Samara says. “We would love to see her get that win plus another one this weekend. Each win would be another step closer to winning the team match, which is our ultimate goal.”

A full recap of Saturday and Sunday’s action will be available on MSNsportsNET.com after the completion of competition.



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