Feb. 17, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – For the third-consecutive season, the St. John’s men’s tennis team (4-4) will compete in the ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton University, on Feb. 17-19. The team dual match tournament is made up of seven Ivy League schools and the Johnnies, the lone non-Ivy League team in the competition.
Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn and his squad open up the tournament on Friday at noon with a matchup against No. 1 seeded Columbia. The Lions are the only nationally ranked team heading into the tournament, as Columbia came in at No. 19 in the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team ranks (Feb. 8).
St. John’s sits at 4-4 on the season, with an impressive 3-0 record while playing at home. The Johnnies are led by defending BIG EAST Player of the Year Roberto Livi, who has secured a 4-0 record in singles action this year, including a victory over No. 114 Chris Vrabel of Cornell in the Red Storm’s latest match.
Following his victory over Vrabel and quick 4-0 start in 2017, Livi recently checked in at No. 120 on the Oralce/ITA Men’s National Singles Rankings.
Columbia is 3-2 heading into the ECAC Championships, having played three of its five matches against top-25 teams. The Lions fell in battles against No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Michigan, but recently topped No. 24 TCU, 4-3.
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