April 4, 2014
DES MOINES, Ia. - Despite capturing the doubles point for the fifth-consecutive match, No. 62 St. John's fell to No. 32 Drake, 4-2, to conclude the Red Storm's Midwest road trip on Friday afternoon. The loss puts the SJU at 11-7 overall on the season.
Sophomore Vaidik Munshaw kept the Red Storm in the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 4 singles position to cut the Bulldog lead to one, 3-2, with one match left to play. Freshman Robert Livi, the squad's leader in singles wins this season, went up a set at fifth singles but Drake's Ravi Patel claimed the next two to clinch the match for the Bulldogs.
Munshaw also tallied a doubles win at the top slot with partner Lucas Hejhal before sophomore R.J. Del Nunzio and junior Erick Reyes clinched the point with an 8-4 win at second doubles.
St. John's will be back in action on Tuesday, April 10 when the Red Storm travels to Binghamton to take on the Bearcats at 2 p.m. To keep up with the St. John's men's tennis team this season, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #SJUMT to join the conversation.
#32 Drake 4, #62 St. John's 2
1. Alen Salibasic (DRAKE) def. R.J. Del Nunzio (SJU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Ben Lott (DRAKE) def. Erick Reyes (SJU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Robin Goodman (DRAKE) def. Lucas Hejhal (SJU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Vaidik Munshaw (SJU) def. Matt Frost (DRAKE) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ravi Patel (DRAKE) def. Robert Livi (SJU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Ben Mullis (DRAKE) vs. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU) 6-2, 3-6, 4-2, unfinished
1. Vaidik Munshaw/Lucas Hejhal (SJU) def. Robin Goodman/Ben Lott (DRAKE) 8-6
2. R.J. Del Nunzio/Erick Reyes (SJU) def. Alen Salibasic/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) 8-4
3. Matt Frost/Ravi Patel (DRAKE) def. Michael-John Every/Robert Livi (SJU) 8-2
St. John's 11-7, 2-0 BIG EAST; National ranking #62
Drake 15-5, 0-0 MVC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,5)