Feb. 3, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John’s women’s tennis team returned home for a pair of matches this weekend, picking up a pair of victories over LIU Brooklyn and Marist.
The Red Storm (3-1) defeated LIU Brooklyn, 5-2, in the weekend opener before topping Marist, 6-1, to complete the sweep and moving to 3-0 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
St. John’s 5, LIU Brooklyn 2
In the opener, the Johnnies got off the start they wanted as Jaide Collins and Zofia Stanisz captured a 6-2 victory from the No. 1 position in doubles play.
After dropping a match from the No 2 spot, the all-freshman pairing of Kajsa Stegrell and Nina Marjanovic claimed the doubles point for the Red Storm in a back-and-forth, 7-6 (2) win.
Moving into singles play, Jessica Livianu returned to action for St. John’s following an absence from the team’s win over Fairfield last week by making quick work of her opponent in a 6-1, 6-1 drubbing from the top position.
The Blackbirds (2-1) cut the Red Storm lead to 2-1 with a victory from the No. 5 position, but the Johnnies replied with a three-set win from Olaya Inclan Solis at the No. 2 hole to put the match nearly out of reach.
St. John’s closed out the victory as Collins and Stanisz each picked up hard-fought wins. After dropping the first set, Collins rallied for a 6-3 triumph in the second set before clinching the win with a 7-6 (2) decision in the third set. Following suit, Stanisz also dropped her first set before climbing back with back-to-back 6-4 wins for the victory.
St. John’s 6, Marist 1
Rolling into the finale, the Johnnies picked up where they left off in doubles play by picking up two quick wins to earn the doubles point. Collins and Stanisz won handedly, 6-0, while Solis and Irina Preotescu battled for a 6-3 victory.
With Livianu out for the match, St. John’s was forced to concede a point due to only have five student-athletes competing, but it did not slow down the Red Storm as the home side claimed every match that was played.
Inclan Solis moved into the No. 1 position for the second time this season, and remained perfect from the top spot with a 6-0, 6-3 win.
Stegrell and Collins made it 3-1 Johnnies with a pair of quick wins from the fourth and third spots, respectively, while Preotescu moved up to the No. 5 position and grabbed a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Stanisz capped off the weekend with a gritty, three-set victory at the No. 2 spot. The senior won the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second set to force a tiebreaker. There, Stanisz dominated her way for a 10-4 victory.
St. John’s returns to action on Sunday as the Johnnies head to Amherst, Mass. to battle Massachusetts at Mullins Tennis Center starting at 12:30 p.m.
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