Feb. 20, 2018
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Collecting its third-consecutive victory, the St. John’s mens’ tennis team defeated South Carolina State, 6-1, on Tuesday in Charleston, S.C.
While the Red Storm (4-3) are still searching for its first road win, the Johnnies picked up their first triumph away from the National Tennis Center with the neutral-site victory.
After the Bulldogs (1-3) won the opening doubles match, St. John’s responded with a 6-4 victory from Alan Nunez Aguilera and Daniel Skripnik to send all eyes to the No. 2 position to decide the doubles point.
Dusan Vukicevic and Ognjen Trejgut battled in a back-and-forth affair from the No. 2 spot, but ultimately fell short, 7-6, to give South Carolina State the doubles point.
The Johnnies didn’t let the lost point shake them, however, as the Red Storm replied by winning all six singles matches to cruise to the victory.
Vukicevic collected the first win in singles play for St. John’s at the No. 4 position with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Trejgut followed up his doubles partner with a win of his own, 7-5, 6-2, from the No. 6 spot.
Andrei Crapcenco kept the momentum rolling for the Johnnies, playing at the No. 3. Using a tiebreaker to take the opening set, Crapcenco won the match with a 6-3 triumph in the second set.
Needing just one more victory to seal the match, Igor Maslov battled to a three-set win for the clinching fourth point on Tuesday. The freshman won the opening set, 6-4, before dropping the second by the same score to force a third set. The third 6-4 score went the way of Maslov to cement the third-consecutive triumph for the Red Storm.
The Johnnies put the finishing touches on the win with victories from Aguilera and Luka Sucevic as Aguilera remained perfect in singles play while Sucevic rallied for a three-set conquest.
St. John’s will return to the courts on Wednesday to battle the College of Charleston.