Men’s Tennis wins fifth straight to start 6-1 in conference play

On Sunday, the St. John’s Men’s Tennis team won its fifth consecutive match with a 6-1 victory over Connecticut.

The Red Storm fell behind early in the doubles competition, as the doubles pairs of Milo Hauk/Gustav Kallen and Stefan Bojic/Mike Lampa both lost the first two doubles matches. But  the doubles pair of Mischa Koran/Matty Najfeld ended doubles play on a high note, as they defeated UConn’s pair of Wei Lin/Ricardo Cardona by a score of 8-6, but the Red Storm still trailed 1-0 after the doubles competition.

But once the singles competition got underway, it was all St. John’s.

Junior Milo Hauk led the way for the Red Storm, as he won his 15th singles match of the season to improve to 15-3 on the year. Hauk defeated Andrew Marcus 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match, which improved Hauk’s record to 2-0 as the St. John’s ace.

In the No. 2 position, Mike Lampa rebounded after losing the first set 6-1 to Scott Warden.  He came back and won the second set 7-5, and 10-6 in the third set. Dustin Goldberg also had to come from behind in the No. 6 match, as he lost his first set 6-2 to Wei Lin. But Goldberg then won the second set 7-6 (4-0) and 10-3.  

St. John’s also won its other three singles matches in straight sets. In the No. 3 match, Mischa Koran defeated Jai Yoon 7-5, 6-3, and Gustav Kallen defeated Ryan Carr 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 match.  Matty Najfeld also defeated Dave Adams 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 5 match.

The Red Storm improved to 13-6 overall and 2-1 in Big East play with the 6-1 victory.  They’ll look to continue their strong season, as they had to Villanova on Saturday, April 9 for a 10 a.m. match.