Quarterfinals Birth For Doubles Pairing Highlights ITA Northeast Regional Championships

Oct. 25, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The St. John’s men’s tennis team completed play at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships presented by Oracle; highlighted by doubles team of Luka Sucevic and Andrei Crapcenco reaching the quarterfinals.

The ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top men's and women's players across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete across 85 ITA Regional Championships around the country. The Northeast Regional, hosted by the Yale University at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, consisted of a 32-player qualifying bracket, 128-player singles tournament, and 64 doubles pairs. The annual tournament also serves as a qualifier, with the finalists in singles and the winner in doubles gaining automatic entry into the ITA Fall National Championships in early November.

Overall, the Red Storm had one student-athlete in the qualifying rounds, four in the singles tournament, and two doubles teams. Throughout the weekend, St. John’s finished with an overall singles record of 3-5, and a doubles record of 4-2.

Qualifying Singles:
Leading off the six-day event was the lone Red Storm representative in the qualifying singles portion of the tournament, Ognjen Trejgut. The sophomore defeated Dyan Foo-Kune of St. Francis (PA) in a thrilling, three-set match (6-2, 0-6, 6-3) before falling the qualifier to Monmouth’s Max Benaim (6-3, 6-1) to finish just a win shy of moving into the singles tournament.



Singles Tournament:
Four Johnnies saw action in the main singles tournament event: Luka Sucevic, Andrei Crapcenco, Dusan Vukicevic, and Alan Nunez Aguilera all competing for a shot to represent St. John’s at the ITA National Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.

Sucevic was drawn into the second eighth of the bracket where he faced Peter Tarwid of Brown in the opening match. The junior picked up the win in identical 6-4 sets to advance onto the second round. There, he met No. 17-32 seeded Nicola Pipoli from Monmouth. Sucevic dominated the opening set, 6-0, before dropping the second set, 7-6 to push the match into a third set. In the final frame, Pipoli held off Sucevic, 7-5, to claim the match and move on.

Crapcenco also saw success in the singles tournament, defeating Buffalo’s Vidit Vaghela (6-4, 6-4) to move onto the second round. The junior also faced off against a seeded opponent, No. 3/4 Lev Kazarov of Cornell who defeated Crapcenco (6-4, 6-3) to advance.

After dropping his opening match, Vukicevic picked up a win over Penn’s Noah Makarome in the singles consolation round to finish his weekend at 1-1 in singles play, while Aguilera dropped a pair of closely-contested matches.

Doubles Tournament:
In the doubles tournament, St. John’s sent a pair of teams to the courts: Alex Roszkowski/Aguilera and Sucevic/Crapcenco, with a trip to the finals qualifying the pairs for the ITA National Championships consideration.

The duo of Sucevic and Crapcenco led the way for the Johnnies, reaching the quarterfinals. The pair defeated Drexel’s Lakshmanan/Hammitt in a thrilling 8-7 battle to open the tournament before picking two-more wins over pairings from Brown (8-5) and Cornell (8-4). The three wins booked a date with the top-seeded pair of Pham/Tang of Columbia in the quarterfinals, however, Sucevic/Crapcenco fell, 8-1, to the eventual champions.

Also picking up a win in doubles play was the Roszkowski/Aguilera pair, who defeated Fairleigh Dickinson’s Budinszky/Bourne (8-3) before dropping a heartbreaker to host and third-seeded King/Wang of Yale, 8-7.

The Red Storm return to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in two weeks for the Connecticut State Championships, hosted by Yale, to mark the end of the fall season for St. John’s.

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