Feb. 28, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Closing out the first full month of dual-match play, the St. John’s men’s tennis team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
With the victory, the Red Storm (6-3) has now won five-consecutive matches after starting the season with a 1-3 record.
Leading off with doubles play, Luka Sucevic and Ognjen Trejgut won the opening match from the top spot with a 6-3 score. Moments later, Dusan Vukicevic and Alex Roszkowski cemented the doubles point for the Johnnies with a 6-3 triumph of their own at the No. 3 position.
The Knights (0-6) claimed the final bout in two-man action, but St. John’s moved into singles play with the 1-0 advantage.
Despite each falling in the doubles competition, Andrei Crapcenco and Alan Nunez Aguilera started the scoring in singles play for the Red Storm by each picking up a victory. Crapcenco dominated with a pair of 6-1 scores at the No. 3 spot, while Aguilera captured the win at the No. 2 position, 6-4, 6-2.
With the 3-0 advantage, Vukicevic put the finishing touches on the fifth-straight triumph for the Johnnies with a 6-4, 6-1 final from the No. 4 position.
Dropping the opening set, Sucevic rallied for a 6-2, 6-4 victory from the No. 1 singles spot to claim the fourth-straight singles victory for St. John’s in the match.
FDU collected its lone win of singles play at the No. 5 position, with Igor Maslov falling in a pair of tightly-contested sets.
Trejgut marked the match with an exclamation point with a pair of 6-1 victories on the No. 6 court to seal the 6-1 final score.
St. John’s will aim for its sixth-straight win on Mar. 4 when the Johnnies travel to The Bronx to battle Fordham.