The St. John’s men’s tennis team lost its first BIG EAST Championship match in more than four years on Friday morning, falling to Georgetown 4-2 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C.
St. John’s was seeking its fourth consecutive BIG EAST tournament title this weekend.
Georgetown got on top in doubles action with a pair of victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions in doubles play. Peter Beatty and Mac Rechan of Georgetown topped Ognjen Trejgut and Alan Nunez Aguilera, 6-3, in the top spot while Roberto Livi and Andrei Crapcenco fell, 6-4, at the No. 3.
Luka Sucevic and Dusan Vukicevic won their doubles matchup at the second position, topping the Hoyas’ Jordan Portner/Marco Lam, 6-3. This is the first time this pair has played together all year.
Needing a win in singles play, Vukicevic delivered at the No. 5 spot for St. John’s. The sophomore won the first singles matchup of the day with a convincing, 6-1, 6-3, win over Mac Rechan to tie the match score at one.
Georgetown’s Peter Beatty followed up with a straight-sets win over Livi at the No. 1, 6-4, 6-2.
At the No. 2, Nunez Aguilera showed the Johnnies fight with his, 6-4, 6-4, win over Jordan Portner, effectively tying the team match again.
The Hoyas got another crucial win at the No. 6 spot when Ian Witmer beat Trejgut, 7-6 (2-7), 6-2, to put Georgetown up a point in the match.
Georgetown closed out the match with a Marco Lam win at the No. 3 spot, over the Johnnies’ Sucevic, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sucevic got out on top in the first set before Lam closed out, 7-5, in the second. Finally in the third set, Sucevic suffered a leg injury that proved to be his downfall. The sophomore showed a ton of resiliency as he finished out the match, but could not overcome the pain.
The Johnnies will take on Villanova in a consolation match on Saturday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m.