Sophomore Alan Nunez Aguilera clinched the victory with a singles win against NJIT.
April 2, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s men’s tennis team (9-14) split a pair of home matches against NJIT (7-10) and Temple (13-8) at the university’s outdoor courts in Queens, N.Y, on Sunday. The Red Storm topped NJIT, 5-2, in the mid-morning before falling to Temple, 4-0, late Sunday afternoon.
It was a quick turnaround for the Johnnies, who battled hard but fell to Yale, 4-1, at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Saturday night.
A beautiful day for tennis began with a pair of doubles wins for St. John’s against the Highlanders. The No. 2 and 3 pairings both went to the Red Storm, leaving the top doubles match unfinished. Alana Nunez Aguilera and Dusan Vukicevic took down Richard Rangga and Pablo Arrutia at the No. 2 spot, 6-4, clinching a doubles point for the Red Storm.
The Johnnies wrapped up the match quickly after earning victories in the first three singles matchups. Luka Sucevic earned a, 6-2, 6-4, victory at the No. 2 spot over Jan Cimrman to give the Red Storm a 2-0 match lead. Ognjen Trejgut followed with a, 6-4, 6-4, win at the No. 5 singles over Rangga.
Nunez Aguilera clinched the victory for St. John’s at the top singles slot. He defeated Aleksa Petrovic, 6-3, 6-3 to give the Johnnies their ninth win of the season. Vukicevic also earned a victory in singles play to round out the scoring for St. John’s.
After a brief break, the Red Storm took the courts with a chance to reach the 10-win plateau for the fourth straight spring as the squad prepared for a matchup with Temple.
The Owls were too much to handle, though, toppling the Johnnies, 4-0, and leaving several matches unfinished after they clinched the victory.
Temple took doubles victories in the top two pairings to earn the doubles point. Trejgut and Alex Roszkowski were tied at five in their doubles contest before they left it unfinished at the No. 3 spot.
The Owls controlled singles play and won the first three matches at the No. 1, 5 and 6 spots, to clinch the victory and wrap up the Red Storm’s doubleheader split on Sunday.
The Johnnies return to action on April 7, with a matchup against BIG EAST foe Villanova.
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St. John’s 5, NJIT 2
1. Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJU) def. Aleksa Petrovic (NJIT), 6-3, 6-3
2. Luka Sucevic (SJU) def. Jan Cimrman (NJIT), 6-2, 6-4
3. Lukas Svikas (NJIT) def. Andrei Crapcenco (SJU), 6-4, 4-1, ret.
4. Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) def. Zac Castagna (NJIT), 7-6(4), 6-3
5. Ognjen Trejgut (SJU) def. Richard Rangga (NJIT), 6-4, 6-4
6. Pablo Arrutia (NJIT) def. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU), 8-3
1. Luka Sucevic/Ognjen Trejgut (SJU) vs. Aleksa Petrovic/Jam Cimrman (NJIT), 6-5, unf.
2. Alan Nunez Aguilera/Dusan Vukicevic (SJU) def. Richard Rangga/Pablo Arrutia (NJIT), 6-4
3. Alex Roszkowski/Andrei Crapcenco (SJU) def. Zac Castagna/Jot Sandhu (NJIT), 6-2
St. John’s 9-13
Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,1,3,4,6) Doubles (3,2)
Temple 4, St. John’s 0
1. Artem Kapshuk (TU) def. Alan Nunez Aguilera (SJU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Luka Sucevic (SJU) vs. Florian Mayer (TU), DNP
3. Thomas Sevel (TU) vs. Dusan Vukicevic (SJU), 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
4. Ognjen Trejgut (SJU) vs. Uladzmir Dorash (TU), 7-6(4), 1-4
5. Francisco Bohorquez (TU) def. Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Vineet Naran (TU) def. Alex Roszkowski (SJU), 6-4, 6-4
1. Artem Kapshuk/Thomas Sevel (TU) def. Alan Nunez Aguilera/Dusan Vukicevic (SJU), 6-4
2. Vineet Naran/Florian Mayer (TU) def. Luka Sucevic/Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (SJU), 6-1
3. Ognjen Trejgut/Alex Roszkowski (SJU) vs. Uladzmir Dorash/Francisco Bohorquez (TU), 5-5, unfinished
St. John’s 9-14
Order of Finish: Singles (5,1,6) Doubles (2,1)