| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The St. John’s women’s tennis team won its second straight match to open up 2016, beating Fairfield 7-0 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.

Playing in its first home match under new head coach Lauren Leo, the Red Storm made quick work of Fairfield. It started by winning all three of the doubles matches, and the six singles players did their job as well, losing just five total games in the six matches to roll to the victory.

“Our whole team did a solid job of executing today’s game plan,” said Leo. “Everyone showed great composure and focus from start to finish during this match.”

St. John’s improves to 2-0 with the victory, and will return to action on February 7 on the road against the University of Massachusetts.


St. John’s Men Sweep Doubleheader in Home Opener

After going 3-1 on its Florida road trip a couple weeks ago, the St. John’s men’s tennis team returned to action for its home opener on Sunday, playing a double header against Quinnipiac and then the University of Connecticut.

The Red Storm knocked off Quinnipiac 4-0, quickly winning the doubles point, and then rattling off the first three singles matches to clinch the victory.

In the second half of its double header, the doubles tandems once again came up big, as Daniel Skripnik and Robert Livi beat Quinnipiac’s Chris Toner and Jacob Spreyer 6-3 and Alex Roszkowski and Lucas Hejhal defeated Jonathan Edwards and Hank Hill 6-4 to earn the Red Storm the doubles point.

The singles play continued the momentum created by the doubles tandems, as Hejhal, ranked 49th in singles by ITA/Oracle, led the way with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Toner. St. John’s would go on to win three more singles matches in straight sets, clinching the 5-0 victory and sweeping the doubleheader in its home opener.

“Today we were able to pick up two wins and it allowed us to showcase our depth and get some more players into the lineup,” said St. John’s Associate Head Coach Cory Hubbard. “Once again our doubles play from Vaidik and Lucas at number one set the tone. Every match this season they come out and get a quick break and then keep rolling. In singles, our two freshman, Andrei and Dusan, realy dominated from the beginning in both matches and never let up. It’s nice to have our two newest players contributing experience and confidence.

We are happy to start the season 5-1, but we still have a lot of improving to do. Next weekend we have four matches, so we will get back to work this week and keep working towards our goals.”

St. John’s will return to action with a triple header on Friday. It will take on Stony Brook, Farleigh Dickinson and then Youngstown State. 


Columbia Men Knock off North Florida

A week after advancing to the ITA Indoor Nationals, the Columbia men’s tennis team returned to action, defeating North Florida 6-1 at the Life Time Athletic Center in Harrison, N.Y. on Saturday.

Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham teamed up to defeat Jack Findel-Hawkins and Yannick Zuern, the fourth-ranked doubles team in the country entering the season, 6-4 at first doubles to help earn Columbia the doubles point.

Hadavi also lent his hand in singles, beating Findel-Hawkins 6-1, 6-0 at first singles. The Lions would win four of the remaining five singles matches to roll to a 6-1 victory.

Columbia will be back in action on February 7 when it hosts Navy.


Columbia Women Fall Just Short Against Syracuse

The Columbia women’s tennis team visited Syracuse on Friday afternoon, falling just short as the Orange won 4-3.

Columbia was able to win three of the singles matches, but fell just short at doubles, as Syracuse won two of three doubles matches to earn the crucial doubles point, which made the difference in the end.

The Lions will take to the courts next at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Dartmouth from February 5-7.


Stony Brook Men Compete in NJIT Invitational

The Stony Brook men’s tennis team opened up its 2016 campaign over the weekend as traveled to Newark, New Jersey to compete in the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Winter Invitational.

The Seawolves won 13 of the 28 various singles/doubles matches it played over the course of the two day invitational. Stony Brook ended the weekend on a high note, winning its final two singles matches on Sunday.

Rodrigo Hadlich came back to defeat Farleigh Dickinson’s Diogo Garnel 1-6, 6-2, 12-10 while Kenzo Kauffmann knocked off Concordia’s Lars Olson 6-3, 6-2.

Stony Brook will return to action on Friday, February 5 when it visits St. John’s.