April 15, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - In the final conference match of the season, the St. John’s women’s tennis team rallied for a 4-3 victory over Marquette on Sunday afternoon at Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens.
The Red Storm (13-5, 4-1 BIG EAST) trailed 3-1 and were facing elimination, but the hosts rattled off three-consecutive singles victories to complete the comeback.
The win closes out the home and conference portion of the schedule for the Johnnies, finishing with an 11-1 home record and 4-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
Marquette (11-8, 4-1 BIG EAST) set the tone early, capturing the doubles point with back-to-back wins on the top-two courts. The Golden Eagles were also leading on the No. 3 position, but the match was halted following the clinched point by the visitors.
Sunday marks only the fifth time this season the Johnnies have lost two-man play, but the hosts are now 3-2 this season when dropping the doubles point.
In a 1-0 hole, Jessica Livianu got the Red Storm on the board with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph from the No. 1 spot. The victory is the 13th straight for the sophomore with all coming on the top court.
With the match squared at one, Marquette strung together back-to-back victories on the fourth and second positions to build a 3-1 lead and push St. John’s to the brink.
Jaide Collins started the rally with a two-set win on the No. 3 court to pull the Johnnies within one. The senior dominated the opening set, 6-2, before prevailing in a tight, 7-6, showdown in the second. Collins has now won three-consecutive matches after snapping a losing skid last weekend.
Irina Preotescu remained perfect when playing on the No. 5 spot this season with a pair of tight victories. The senior captured the opening set, 7-5, before rallying to claim the second, 6-4, to tie the match at three.
With all eyes on the No. 6 court, Kajsa Stegrell and Isabella Franks turned in a great match to decide the winner as the Stegrell emerged victorious in three sets.
The freshman captured the opening set, 6-1, in decisive fashion, but Franks responded with a 6-4 victory to send the match to a tiebreaker to decide the dual-match victor.
In the tiebreaker, Stegrell held off Franks with a 6-4 win of her own to capture the match and complete a massive comeback by the Johnnies.
St. John’s closes out the regular season on April 18 as the Red Storm travels to Long Island to take on Stony Brook.