College Recap: Stony Brook, Hofstra Struggle in Weekend Matches

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Stony Brook Women Fall to St. John’s, Harvard
The Stony Brook women’s tennis team dropped both of its matches over the weekend, losing to St. John’s and Harvard on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

On Friday, the Red Storm of St. John’s won the first four flights to clinch the 4-0 victory over the Seawolves. Jessica Livianu defeated Yana Nikolaeva 6-2, 6-0 in the top singles spot to lead the way for St. John’s.

Stony Brook had leads on three courts as Ester Chikvashili, Nadia Smergut and Ana Carrion-Rodriguez were up in their respective matches when St. John’s clinched the victory.

The following day, Harvard defeated Stony Brook 6-1. The lone victory for the Seawolves came at fourth singles, as Ana Carrion-Rodriguez beat Natasha Gonzalez 3-6, 6-4, 16-14.

“It was another tough weekend of matches against two of the best teams in the region,” head coach Gary Glassman told StonyBrookAthletics.com. “We didn’t get the results we wanted, but everyone fought and competed well. We’re certainly growing as a squad through this shared experience.”

Stony Brook Men Win 1 of 3 Weekend Matches
The Stony Brook men’s tennis team headed up to Connecticut to compete with three other  teams, Fairfield, Marist and Yale in matches throughout the weekend.

The Seawolves were able to win one of its three weekend contests, falling to Yale and Marist, but defeated Fairfield 6-1 on Saturday.

“We would of liked to have seen a little more of a complete weekend than we had. We started really well against Yale as a team, but we seemed to lose our focus and toughness as the weekend progressed against Fairfield and Marist,” assistant coach D.J. Wilson told StonyBrookAthletics.com. “That was disappointing to see since throughout the spring our team has shown a lot of both in tough matches.”

Hofstra Men Edged By Quinnipiac
Hofstra took on Quinnipiac on Saturday night at Point Set Racquet Club in Oceanside and were edged by the Bobcats 4-3.

The clinching match came at fifth singles, as Axel Stern of Quinnipiac beat Hofstra’s David Schrott 7-6(2), 7-5 to seal the victory.

The Pride held a 3-2 lead after the first five flights were finished, but dropped the fourth and fifth singles matches which dropped its overall team record to 3-8 on the season.

Hofstra Women Fall to Northern Kentucky, Quinnipiac
The women’s team at Hofstra fell to 4-9 on the season over the weekend, dropping home matches against Northern Kentucky and Quinnipiac.

On Friday, the Norse of Northern Kentucky won the first four singles flights all in straight sets and secured the doubles point to clinch the 5-2 win. The following day, Quinnipiac did the same thing, winning the top four singles flights in straight sets and earning the doubles point to win 5-2 over Hofstra.

Both the Hofstra men and women will be back in action on Wednesday against Stony Brook.

NYIT Men, Women Sweep Weekend Matches
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) women’s tennis team kicked off its spring campaign with a 6-3 win over Southern New Hampshire over the weekend at Sportime Lynbrook.

The Bears got singles wins from Lena Dimmer, Karolina Pondusova, Melanie Benyadi and Paulina Vazquez to anchor the victory.

The NYIT men won its third and fourth straight matches to begin its spring season winning two matches over the weekend. It defeated Southern New Hampshire 7-2 and followed it up with a 6-3 triumph over Le Moyne. 

Adelphi Men Beat Philadelphia University
In Division II action, the Panthers of Adelphi snapped a two-match losing streak with a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia University.

Adelphi won two of the three doubles flights to take the early lead, and the two squads traded blows in the singles matches, leaving the overall team match to be decided at sixth singles.

David Robres de Veciana came up huge for the Panthers, beating James Pollard 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the Adelphi victory.