St. John's Men's Tennis Closes Fall Season in Style

Nov. 6, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The St. John’s men’s tennis team closed out its 2017 fall schedule with a bang by claiming three singles flights championships and 18 combined singles wins at the Connecticut State Championships in New Haven, Conn over the weekend.

 

The tournament, hosted by Yale University, was the second-consecutive week the Red Storm have spent at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center; competing in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships presented by Oracle the previous week. The comfortability with the court proved to be an advantage for St. John’s as the Johnnies dominated play throughout the tournament.

 

Andrei Crapcenco, Ognjen Trejgut, and Federico Ruiz Acevedo each captured their respective singles flight championships to lead the Red Storm on the weekend.

 


 

 

Crapcenco, playing in the Singles 1A draw, took his opening match against Fedor Andrienko of Yale in easy fashion (6-2, 6-1) to quickly advance into the semifinals for a showdown against Boston College’s Gereon Heitmann. After dropping the opening set, Crapcenco rallied to claim the second and third sets to advance into the title match. The opening set proved to be the only set the junior dropped on the weekend as Crapcenco then defeated Julian Rozenstein from Quinnipiac in straight sets to claim the title.

 

This marks back-to-back weekends with success for Crapcenco as the junior picked up a singles win and reached the quarterfinals in the doubles competition at the ITA Northeast Regionals last weekend.

 

Trejgut took to the courts in the Singles 2A draw and also jumped out to immediate success. The Belgrade native dominated his opening match against Justin Warren of Connecticut (6-2, 6-1) to move into the semifinals with Dartmouth’s Paul Midgley. Like Crapcenco, the semifinal proved to be the toughest battle for Trejgut as the two engaged in a three-set battle. Trejgut was able to claim the first and third sets to advance into the title match. The sophomore then defeated Dennis Wang of Yale in the final (6-1, 6-3) to pick up the second singles title for the Red Storm on the weekend.

 

Battling in the Singles 4B draw, Acevedo saw his toughest match coming in the opening round against Fairfield’s Townsend Font as the pair each claimed a set 6-2 to send the match into a tiebreaker. Acevedo held on for the three-set win to move into the semifinal versus Derek Chapman of Sacred Heart. The semifinal win came in straight sets for Acevedo (6-3, 6-1) to become the fourth Red Storm to advance into the singles title match. In the final, Acevedo defeated another competitor from Fairfield in Alain Magid (6-3, 6-4) to wrap up the third singles championship for the Johnnies.

Igor Maslov finished just one win from another singles title for the Johnnies by falling in a thrilling, three-set affair to Marist’s Chris Gladden in the Singles 2B draw final. Maslov picked up a pair of straight set victories in the quarters and semis to finish his weekend with a 2-1 record.

 

After dropping his opening match, Alan Nunez Aguilera rallied to capture a consolation title in the Singles 1A draw to finish his weekend at 2-1.

 

Luka Sucevic grabbed third-place honors in the Singles 1B draw with a pair of wins and his lone loss coming to the eventual champion. Sucevic finished his weekend with a 2-1 record also. Also competing in the 1B draw, Dusan Vukicevic won his opening match before dropping his final pair in close battles to finish with a fourth-place honor.

 

Competing in the Singles 3B draw, Alex Roszkowski finished sixth with a 1-2 record on the weekend. The junior defeated Bryan Einstoss of Sacred Heart in the consolation semifinals.

 

In the doubles competition, the duo of Maslov/Aguilera led the way for the Johnnies with a third-place finish in the Doubles A draw. The pair picked up three wins in route to finishing third to finish the weekend at 3-1.

 

Andrei Crapcenco continued his solid weekend in doubles play with partner Luka Sucevic as the pair also finished with a 3-1 record.

 

Finishing with a 2-2 mark on the weekend was Trejgut/Acevedo while Vukicevic/Roszkowski finished 1-3 on the weekend.

 

Overall, the Johnnies finished with 18 combined singles wins and nine doubles wins to close out the fall season.

 

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