| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s tennis team enjoyed a 2-0 weekend, picking up wins over Lehigh and LIU Brooklyn to improve to 2-1 on the young season.

After defeating Lehigh 6-1 on Friday, the Seawolves traveled to LIU Brooklyn. It was led by sophomore Elizabeth Tsevtkov, who hails from Brooklyn, who her first singles matches both against Lehigh and LIU Brooklyn to help pace Stony Brook.

Freshman Devanshi Bhimjiyani also won both of her matches at second singles, beating Lehigh’s Grace Lin in a tight three-set match and following it up the next day with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Malin Leysen of LIU Brooklyn.

Up next for Stony Brook is a double-header against Bryant and Brown in Rhode Island on Friday, February 26.

 

Stony Brook Men Beat Lehigh in Season Opener

While the women’s team picked up two victories over the weekend, the men’s team at Stony Brook began its spring campaign on Saturday, defeating Lehigh 4-3 to move to 1-0 on the season.

The key match came at second singles, as freshman Samuel Taieb held off Lehigh’s Bryant Born 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 for the win. The Seawolves got wins at first and fourth singles, from juniors Raphael Terman and Tyler Hoffman, respectively, and secured the doubles point to edge Lehigh 4-3.

Stony Brook will return to action this Friday, February 19 when it takes on Queens College.

 

St. John’s Men Split Weekend Matches, Improve to 10-3

The St. John’s men’s tennis team won two of its four matches over the weekend to move its record to 10-3 on the season.

The Red Storm traveled to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Indoor Championships. It took on 60th ranked Cornell in the opening round and had its seven-match winning streak snapped as Cornell won 5-1 to advance.

In the consolation round on Saturday, St. John’s responded with a 4-1 victory over Yale, led by freshman Andrei Crapcenco, who won 6-2, 6-3, and senior Roberto Livi clinched the match at third singles.

On Sunday, St. John’s would play a doubleheader against Dartmouth and Brown. Following a 4-1 defeat to Dartmouth, the Red Storm finished the weekend on a high note, shutting out Brown for a 4-0 victory.

“We had a good weekend going 2-2.  We had match points on several courts and matches in third sets against top 40 teams Cornell and Dartmouth, so we are getting closer to where we want to be. We are the youngest team at the tournament with 4 first year starters, so I think the experience in pressure situations was the difference,” said St. John’s Associate Head Coach Cory Hubbard.  “Sunday was a tremendous effort by our guys.  We had chances against Dartmouth and just needed to come through in a few key moments.  The way we responded to a tough loss an hour later against Brown was truly amazing. We were tired and injured and sat some starters.  We stayed tough in pressure moments, and learned from our 2 losses.  The 14-12 tiebreaker was a huge moment in the match. I believe this win can lead to bigger things as we came through in a very adverse situation. "

 

St. John’s Women Beat LIU Brooklyn and Providence, Fall to Syracuse on Friday

The women’s tennis team at St. John’s swept a double header against LIU Brooklyn and Providence on Friday, but fell to Syracuse on Sunday.

The Red Storm dominated both of its Friday matches, beating both LIU Brooklyn and Providence 7-0.

Anna Morozova and Jaide Collins remained undefeated at third doubles this season with a 6-1 win over LIU Brooklyn’s Meriam Rhallab and Isabellsa Wagner, and the Red Storm would go on to win the next six matches for the sweep and victory.

The momentum continued into the second half of the double header, sweeping the doubles matches and winning five of the six singles matches in straight sets. Freshman Delia Arranz won her first match of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at sixth singles.  

On Sunday, the Red Storm traveled north to Syracuse, and fell to the 65th ranked Orange 5-0.

St. John’s returns to action on Sunday, February 21 at Hartford.

 

Columbia Men Come Up Short at ITA Indoors

The Columbia men headed to Charlottesville, Virginia to compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Indoor Championships. It was a tough weekend for the Lions, as they lost their three matches, to 3rd ranked Texas A&M, 4th ranked Baylor and 11th ranked Georgia.

The Lions hope to build off the top competition in played over the weekend when it hosts New Mexico on Friday, February 19.

 

Columbia Women Fall to Kentucky

In the first match since winning the ECAC Division I IndoorCchampionships, the Columbia women’s team lost 6-1 to Kentucky on Sunday.

The loss drops Columbia to 4-3 on the season, and the Lions will host Penn State on Saturday, February 20.