Feb. 27, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Returning home from a two-match trip to South Carolina, the St. John’s men’s tennis team will host Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
The Red Storm (5-3) is searching for its fifth-consecutive win after sweeping the road trip in South Carolina against South Carolina State and the College of Charleston last week.
In the showdown with the Bulldogs, South Carolina State won the opening doubles match, but St. John’s responded with a 6-4 victory from Alan Nunez Aguilera and Daniel Skripnik to send all eyes to the No. 2 position to decide the doubles point.
Dusan Vukicevic and Ognjen Trejgut battled in a back-and-forth affair from the No. 2 spot, but ultimately fell short, 7-6, to give South Carolina State the doubles point.
The Johnnies didn’t let the lost point shake them, however, as the Red Storm replied by winning all six singles matches to cruise to the victory.
Vukicevic collected the first win in singles play for St. John’s at the No. 4 position with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Trejgut followed up his doubles partner with a win of his own, 7-5, 6-2, from the No. 6 spot.
Andrei Crapcenco kept the momentum rolling for the Johnnies, playing at the No. 3. Using a tiebreaker to take the opening set, Crapcenco won the match with a 6-3 triumph in the second set.
Needing just one more victory to seal the match, Igor Maslov battled to a three-set win for the clinching fourth point on Tuesday. The freshman won the opening set, 6-4, before dropping the second by the same score to force a third set. The third 6-4 score went the way of Maslov to cement the third-consecutive triumph for the Red Storm.
The Johnnies put the finishing touches on the win with victories from Aguilera and Luka Sucevic as Aguilera remained perfect in singles play while Sucevic rallied for a three-set conquest.
Moving into the finale with the Cougars, Crapcenco and Trejgut got it started for the Red Storm with a 6-2 victory from the No. 2 position, but C of C replied with back-to-back wins to claim the doubles point.
Maslov started the scoring for the visitors with a pair of 6-2 triumphs at the No. 5 spot, and Crapcenco followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 victory from the No. 3 position to quickly put the Red Storm in front.
After C of C evened the score with a win at the No. 2, Trejgut restored the advantage for the Johnnies with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Needing just one win to clinch the match, Vukicevic turned in a strong victory from the No. 4 position. The junior claimed the opening set with a convincing, 6-1, win before dropping the second, 6-3, to send the match to a third set. There, Vukicevic rolled to a 6-2 triumph to cement the dual-match victory for the Red Storm.
Sucevic put the finishing touches on the win for the Johnnies with a three-set victory of his own. The junior won the opening set, 6-3, dropped the second, 6-4, and rallied for a 6-4 win for the exclamation point.
Fairleigh Dickinson enters Wednesday’s tilt with a 0-5 mark on the season, and has yet to host a match this season.
The Knights dropped their most-recent showdown on Feb. 19 to Queens College, and also fell to future St. John’s opponent, NJIT, on Feb. 11.
Maciej Autuch leads the way for FDU this season with a 2-0 record from the No. 3 position and a 7-8 record overall in singles play this season. Autuch has picked up a victory in back-to-back matches for the Knights.
St. John’s will hit the road again following Wednesday’s battle as the Johnnies will take on Fordham on Mar. 4 from The Bronx.
The Last Meeting
February 24, 2017
Flushing Meadows, N.Y. (National Tennis Center)
St. John's Sweeps Home Doubleheader
The St. John's men's tennis team (6-7) stayed undefeated at home with a pair of wins at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Friday. The wins snapped a four-match losing streak for Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn's squad.