St. John's Completes Play at Farnsworth Invitational|
Oct. 9, 2017
PRINCETON, N.J. - The St. John’s men’s tennis team returned to the courts for its second tournament of the fall season over the weekend, capturing wins on both the singles and doubles side at the Farnsworth Invitational hosted by Princeton University.
The tournament proved to be a valuable test for the Johnnies, competing against 13 programs: Bryant, Columbia, Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra, Lehigh, Marist, Middlebury, Monmouth, NJIT, Princeton, Temple, and defending national team champion Virginia.
Overall, St. John’s saw Federico Ruiz Acevedo reach the Singles D final to put together a 3-1 singles record on the weekend.
Sucevic picked up a pair of tight victories over Noah Farrell of Middlebury (7-5, 7-6) and NJIT’s Jan Cimrman (6-1, 7-6) to advance to the quarterfinals to meet Alberto Giuffrida from Marist. The junior fell in a tight three-set affair (3-6, 6-4, 10-3) to finish his weekend with a 2-1 mark.
Vukicevic also reached the quarterfinals in the Singles A tournament by receiving a bye to the second round before defeating Jan Leithner of Hofstra (6-4, 6-2). Like his teammate, Vukicevic fell in three sets to NJIT’s Tomi Antoljak (2-6, 6-4, 10-2) to complete his weekend at 1-1.
In the Singles B tournament, Alan Nunez Aguilera led the way for the Red Storm by reaching the semifinals with a 3-1 effort. The junior dropped the first set in his opening two matches but rallied to defeat Drexel’s Balaji Lakshmanan (6-7, 7-5, 10-6) and Jason Lui of Columbia (4-6, 6-1, 10-8) to reach the quarterfinals. There, Aguilera swept Ammar Alhaqbani from the defending national team champions, Virginia, (7-5, 6-4) to book his ticket to the semifinals. Aguilera fell to eventual-champion Jimmy Wasserman from host Princeton (6-4, 6-2) to end his run.
Junior Andrei Crapcenco also competed in the Singles B tournament, dropping a pair of matches to end his weekend at 0-2.
Three Johnnies saw action in the Singles C tournament, with Ognjen Trejgut picking up a win in his opening match against Luke Lorenz of Bryant (6-2, 2-6, 10-7) before falling to Nate Eazor from Middlebury (6-0, 6-3) to end the weekend at 1-1.
Junior Alex Roszkowski reached the Singles C consolation tournament final by grabbing a trio of wins before falling to Luke Lorenz in the final.
Igor Maslov saw his first action of the season this weekend and finished with a 1-2 mark with a win over Marist’s Paulo Siracusa (4-6, 6-2, 10-3) in the Singles C consolation tournament.
In the Singles D tournament, it was Acevedo who rolled through his first three matches without dropping a set: (6-0, 6-4), (6-2, 6-1), and (6-2, 6-4. Acevedo met Philip Belmatch of Bryant in the final and fell in a tightly-contested match (6-4, 7-6).
On the weekend, St. John’s picked up 14 wins in singles play compared to 13 defeats to finish with a winning record.
In doubles play, the duo of Trejgut/Crapcenco represented the Johnnies in the Doubles B tournament, but dropped a pair of matches to finish 0-2.
After dropping their opening match, Roszkowski/Acevedo put together a pair of wins to reach the Doubles C tournament consolation final before falling in an 8-7 thriller to finish 2-2 on the weekend.
St. John’s will next compete in the ITA Northeast Regional starting on Oct. 18 from New Haven, Conn. The weekend will be the first championship event for the Johnnies on the fall season.