Jan. 26, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - For the first time this season, the St. John’s men’s tennis team will hit the road as the Red Storm heads to Hanover, N.H. to battle Dartmouth and Buffalo.
St. John’s and Dartmouth will square off at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon from the Boss Tennis Center. On Sunday, the Johnnies take on the Bulls at 11 a.m. in a neutral-site showdown. Prior to Saturday’s match, the Big Green and Buffalo will open the round-robin action with a tilt at 10 a.m.
Last Time Out
In a dominating performance, the St. John’s men’s tennis team opened up its 2018 campaign with a 7-0 win over Sacred Heart last Saturday night from the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Opening the season on their home court for the first time since 2012, the Johnnies got off to a quick start in doubles play when Luka Sucevic and Andrei Crapcenco defeated Francisco Del Valle and Derek Chapman, 6-1, in the No. 2 position.
St. John’s clinched the doubles match point as Dusan Vukicevic and Ognjen Trejgut also picked up a 6-1 win from the No. 3 position.
Playing in the No. 2 position, Alan Nunez Aguilera also dominated in his match; defeating Cory Seltman with a pair of 6-1 sets to give the Red Storm a 3-0 advantage in the dual.
Freshman Igor Maslov captured his first collegiate dual victory on Saturday by holding off Chris Sause (6-3, 6-4) at the No. 4.
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Dartmouth enters the weekend off a pair of home-court victories last Saturday. The Big Green dominated Binghamton and Quinnipiac, defeating both opponents 7-0. As a team, Dartmouth only dropped one set on the day.
Versus the Big Green
Saturday’s showdown will be the first meeting between the programs since 2016 when the Big Green and Johnnies met twice during the spring season. Dartmouth won, 4-1, on the final day of the ECAC Championships before completing the season sweep in Hanover with a 4-3 win.
Buffalo comes to Hanover following a 5-2 loss to Wichita State on Wednesday. After the Bulls claimed the opening doubles match, the Shockers picked up five of the next six victories to secure the win.
The Bulls enter 2018 as the favorite to repeat as MAC Tournament champions and were selected second in the regular season poll behind Western Michigan. Last season, UB finished the year undefeated in conference play and return four starters from that team.
This season, Buffalo is led by sophomore Hao Sheng Koay, who was named to the All-MAC First Team last year. Senior Vidit Vaghela and sophomore Ville Fridell were both named to the All-MAC Second Team as well.
Versus the Bulls
It has been a long time since the Bulls and Johnnies have squared off, meeting for the first time since January 2007. In that match, St. John’s dominated in a 7-0 win, only dropping a doubles match in the victory.
BIG (EAST) Man on Campus
Following a perfect weekend, junior Luka Sucevic was named the BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. The Belgrade, Serbia, native started the night with a doubles win before clinching the win for the Red Storm with a 6-1, 7-5 victory in singles play from the No. 1 position.
St. John’s head coach Craig Schwartz collected his first win at the helm with the victory over Sacred Heart. The former NYCAC Player of the Year and ITA East Region Senior Play of the Year became the program’s leader in December 2017.
Empire State of Mind
Since the decade turned in 2010, St. John’s has posted a 23-15 (.605) mark against teams from the state of New York, however, the Red Storm has lost its previous three meetings against programs from the Empire State.
Ivy League Woes
Over that same stretch, the Johnnies have struggled against teams from the Ivy League Conference, collecting a 19-38 (.333) record. Last season, St. John’s dropped all seven of its matches against Ivy League foes.