According to Mento, “The Gill game proved to our players that we belong and that the hard work they put in has been validated. However, they are not anywhere close to done yet. We believe we are just scratching the surface of our potential and we should be much improved by State Tournament time.”Recently Rutgers Prep was ranked eighth in the Skyland conference, however, they beat seventh seed South Hunterdon 1-0 in an exciting match last Thursday afternoon. Be on the lookout for upcoming RPS Girls Soccer games and come out to support the team.
Jules won her second round match 7-4 in an eight game pro-set. After triumphing against Gill St. Bernard’s, Jules fell to the second singles finalist from GSB.
Bancone and Johnson came out strong in their second round match against Mount St. Mary’s 8-2 in an eight game pro-set. This second round win brought them to a neck and neck match against Pingry.
Bancone said, “It was really exciting to play my first counties tournament in the doubles lineup. I’m so proud of my partner, Irina, and am really looking forward to the rest of our season together.”
Pil continued to progress, taking out Hillsborough’s first singles, which brought her to the county final on September 20.
Falling in a tough match, 6-3, 6-1, Pil still comes home having been a finalist in the Somerset County Tournament, a great accomplishment for Rutgers Prep girls tennis.
“Sharing this experience one last time with my team is definitely something I will cherish forever. I am so proud of the girls’ performance in the counties. Erica dominated against Bernard’s. Kay- la and Irina had an amazingly close match against Pingry, who won. Sarina [Patel ’16], who played third singles for the first time in counties, gave it her all. Riya [Patel ’16] and Gabby [Turner ’16] also played a tough match,” Pil said.