March 14, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – After a 3-0 week at No. 5 singles in an undefeated week for the St. John’s men’s tennis team, freshman Robert Livi was named BIG EAST Player of the Week as announced by the league offices on Thursday.
Livi tallied a three-set win at fifth singles to clinch the 5-2 victory over then-No. 43 Santa Clara on Sunday, the Red Storm’s first win over a nationally ranked opponent since topping No. 74 USF 5-2 on March 24, 2012. The win was the Port St. Lucie, Fla. native’s fourth-consecutive singles victory. Livi also delivered with a 6-3, 6-1 win over UC Santa Barbara’s Teague Hamilton to give St. John’s a 2-1 lead in the match
Along with partner Michael-John Every, Livi went 2-1 in doubles this past week and they’ve won three of their last four together. The duo also clinched the doubles point against UC Santa Barbara to give the Red Storm the early advantage.
The selection for Livi was St. John’s first weekly award since the week of April 3, 2012 when Vasko Mladenov was awarded the conference honor.
St. John’s returned to the ITA Rankings at No. 74 this past week, it marked the first appearance in the polls for the program since the week of February 5, 2013 when St. John’s came in at No. 71. SJU started that season positioned at No. 57, the highest preseason ranking in program history.
St. John’s will return to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday, March 14 when the Red Storm takes on cross-town rival Fordham at 8:30 a.m. To keep up with the St. John’s men’s tennis team this season, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #SJUMT to join the conversation.