March 31, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Playing its fourth match of a five-day, five-match swing, the No. 58 St. John’s men’s tennis team fell behind early at Ivy League affiliate Yale on Saturday, but rallied behind senior Milo Hauk to defeat the Bulldogs by a slim 4-3 margin at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn. It was the fifth-consecutive and 15th overall win for the Red Storm.
St. John’s improves to 15-4 overall, 10-3 against regional competition and picks up its fifth victory against the Ivy League this season. Yale, which came into the match unbeaten at home and also looking for its fifth-straight win, falls to 11-6 overall and 5-1 at home.
The Bulldogs were able to snap the Red Storm’s four-match doubles point winning streak with wins at all three matchups. After an 8-2 win at the second slot, the 67th-ranked duo of Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers topped 75th-ranked Hauk and Ilija Vucic, 9-7, to clinch the point for the Elis. Yale added an 8-7 win at the final doubles matchup to carry the momentum into singles play.
Down 1-0, St. John’s senior Stefan Bojic leveled the match for the Red and White with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles, but Yale quickly retook the lead with a straight-set win on the last court to go up 2-1. The Bulldogs came within one point of clinching the match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory from John Huang over Vucic, snapping the St. John’s sophomore’s seven-match winning streak.
Down 3-1 in the match, the Red Storm picked up a huge win from junior Mike Lampa, a 6-1, 7-5 decision at the fifth slot, to pull STJ within one point at 3-2. 58th-ranked junior Vasko Mladenov defeated Yale’s nationally-ranked Powers 6-2, 7-5 to level the match with his 13th singles win of the season.
With the match coming down to the second court matchup of Hauk vs. Hoffman, the Red Storm senior lost the opening set, 7-6, but rebounded in front of a rowdy Yale crowd to complete the comeback with consecutive 6-4 victories in the second and third sets, giving the Red Storm the hard earned victory. The win was the Elmsford, N.Y., native’s fourth-straight and 14th of the campaign.
St. John’s concludes its five-day, five-match swing Sunday afternoon when it visits No. 20 Harvard at the Murr Center at 2 p.m. The Crimson has won 11-straight matches and sits at 15-1 overall and 7-0 at home this season.
To track the St. John’s men’s tennis squad throughout the season, follow the team on Twitter (@STJ_Tennis) and use the #STJTennis hashtag to join the conversation.
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