March 5, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Returning home for the first time since early February, the St. John’s women’s tennis team collected a pair of victories over Fairleigh Dickinson, 7-0, and Hofstra, 5-2, on Sunday.
The Red Storm (8-3) has now won five of its last six matches and remains a perfect 6-0 on its home court.
In the opener, the Johnnies picked up wins in all but one set in-route to a 7-0 sweep over the Knights.
Starting in doubles play, Zofia Stanisz and Jaide Collins kicked the match off with a 6-3 victory from the top position before Olaya Inclan Solis and Irina Preotescu rallied for a 7-6 triumph in a tiebreaker to cement the doubles point for the Johnnies.
Solis kept the momentum in favor of the Red Storm in singles play, rolling to a 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 2 position.
Moments later, Jessica Livianu continued her torrid week with a 6-0, 6-3 score at the No. 1 spot for a quick 3-0 team lead.
Collins sealed the match with 6-1, 6-3 victory of her own from the No. 4 position to give the Johnnies the victory.
Stanisz engaged in a drama-filled match at the No. 3 position to close out the opener, prevailing in a three-set affair. The senior claimed the opening set, 7-6, in a tiebreaker before dropping the second, 7-5, to send the match to a third-and-final set. There, Stanisz posted a 10-6 victory for the win.
Battling Long Island foe Hofstra, St. John’s remained perfect at the National Tennis Center with a 5-2 victory over the Pride.
In similar fashion to earlier in the day, Stanisz and Collins started the nightcap with a 6-1 victory in doubles play from the No. 1 position, but it was the freshman duo of Kajsa Stegrell and Nina Marjanovic who earned the doubles point for the Johnnies with a 6-3 triumph at the No. 3 spot.
Preotescu and Solis had a 5-4 lead in their doubles match, but play was halted following the earned doubles point by St. John’s.
The reigning BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, Livianu made quick work of her opponent from the top spot with a 6-1, 6-4 victory to extend the lead to 2-0.
Hofstra earned a win at the No. 3 position to get on the board, but Preotescu quickly restored the two-point advantage with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph from No. 5.
Stegrell put the Red Storm up for good with a 6-3, 6-4 score at the No. 4 position, and Marjanovic claimed a pair of 6-2 victories for the fifth point of the evening for the Johnnies.
The Pride earned the match’s final dual of the night, but the Red Storm posted the 5-2 win.
St. John’s returns to action on Mar. 16 with another doubleheader. The Johnnies will open BIG EAST play against Villanova at Noon before hosting St. Francis (PA) at 9 p.m.