Feb. 19, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Coming off its first road win of the season, the St. John’s women’s tennis team will continue its four-match road swing with a visit to Conway, S.C. to battle the College of Charleston (Feb. 20) and Coastal Carolina (Feb. 22).
The Red Storm (5-2) has been in its fair share of close matches, with its three-previous decisions all coming by a 4-3 score. The Johnnies have been victorious in the two most-recent finishes.
On Friday night, St. John’s defeated Fordham, 4-3, to kick off the road trip.
In doubles play, St. John’s went into attack mode in the early going as the Johnnies took care of business with a trio of sweeps.
Zofia Stanisz and Jaide Collins started the match off on a high-note for the visitors with a 6-2 triumph from the No.1 position.
Moments later, Olaya Inclan Solis and Irina Preotescu clinched the doubles point for the Red Storm with a 6-3 victory at the No. 2 spot, while Nina Marjanovic and Kajsa Stegrell completed the sweep for the Johnnies with a 6-2 victory.
Moving into singles play with all the momentum, St. John’s looked to take control of the match, but Fordham (3-1) began to battle back.
Collins was defeated at the No. 4 position to even the match at 1-1, but Solis pieced together a 6-2, 6-4 victory from the No. 2 to quickly regain the lead for the Red Storm. Stegrell battled to a tough, 6-4 victory in the opening set of her match at the No. 5, but the freshman was able to cruise to a 6-2 win in the second set.
After Fordham won from the No. 6 position to bring the score to 3-2, the Johnnies need one, final victory to claim the dual-match and start the road trip off on a winning note. All eyes turned to the top spot as Jessica Livianu and Carina Ma turned in a battle. Livianu collected a 6-2 victory in the opening set, but Ma replied with a 6-2 win of her own to send the match into a third and final set. There, Livianu recorded the third, 6-2, set decider to give the Red Storm the victory.
The victory kept up the dominance over local foes for the Johnnies, winning their fourth match of the season over foes from the Empire State.
The College of Charleston has been rolling to start the season with a 7-1 record. The lone defeat of the season for the Cougars came at the hands of Wake Forest.
C of C is led by Christi Woodson and Anastasia Palaska, who were recently named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week.
Coastal Carolina enters the week with a 4-3 mark and winners of two-straight over Wofford and North Carolina A&T. The Chanticleers also defeated UNC Wilmington and Emory, while falling to Furman, Georgia State, and Campbell.
Coastal is led by the 2017 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, Rylie Cox, who finished with a 13-7 singles record from the No. 1 position.
St. John’s will battle the Cougars on Tuesday and the Chanticleers on Thursday.