Feb. 8, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - In the second match of a four-game homestand, the St. John’s men’s tennis team will host Wagner on Friday at National Tennis Center.
The Red Storm (1-3) will look to halt a three-game skid that’s seen the Johnnies lose some tight matches over the previous weeks.
In its lone showdown last weekend, St. John’s fell, 5-2, to Middle Tennessee State at home. It was the first loss at the NTC for the Red Storm this season.
The Blue Raiders won the first two matches during doubles play to claim the point, however, the pairing of Ognjen Trejgut and Alex Roszkowski had a 5-3 lead from the No. 3 position, but the match went unfinished.
In singles play, MTSU won the first four matches to claim the victory.
Luka Sucevic battled from the No. 1 spot, winning the opening set, 6-3, before dropping the second frame to send the match to a third and final set. The junior rebounded for a 6-4 win in the third set to get the home side on the board.
Alan Nunez Aguilera also claimed a singles win for the Johnnies, picking up a victory from the No. 3 position. Aguilera won the opening set in a thrilling, 7-6 (6), fashion, and was leading 2-1 in the second before the match was retired in Aguilera’s favor.
Wagner enters the weekend with a 3-1 mark in dual-match play, but has dropped its most recent matchup against Princeton.
The Seahawks were selected to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference by the conference’s head coaches earlier in the season. Senior Charlton Boyd leads Wagner as the program’s all-time leader in career singles wins (60) and doubles victories (60). He is also ranked 104th according to the Oracle/ITA Rankings.
The Red Storm has already defeated a NEC foe, taking down Sacred Heart to open the season on Jan. 20.
St. John’s will conclude its homestand next weekend when the Johnnies host Hofstra and Quinnipiac on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17.
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