Men’s Tennis competes at tournament hosted by Princeton

Reza Moreno, Staff Writer

St. John’s men’s tennis traveled to Princeton University this past weekend for the first ever IVY Plus Tournament. The tournament hosted twenty-one teams including 7 ivy leagues. The IVY Plus Tournament already gained a reputation since there were 17 players on the ITA preseason singles rankings list. Along with nine ranked doubles pairs. The team accomplished a lot already in their preseason along with wins against high ranked players.

Some of the highlights this past weekend were in the doubles match by Robert Livi (junior)/ Andrei Crapcenko (freshman) and Lucas Hejhal (senior)/ Vaidik Munshaw (senior).

Livi and Crapcenko made it to the finals of one of their doubles, before losing to Dartmouth by a tie break score of 8-7(6) according to the press release. As for Hejhal and Munshaw’s doubles that reached semifinals, they unfortunately did not win as Columbia won that bracket by 8-4.

Hejal beat the third-ranked player from Virginia Tech in the Tiger Draw, therefore helping the Red Storm overall record of 2-10 in singles play on Friday.

As for the Cordish Draw, Chris Vrabel from Cornell took down Elio Livi, sophomore, from a walkover.

In the first match of doubles, Hejal/Munshaw defeated two players from Harvard. Elio Livi and Alex Roskowski paired in doubles for the second match by St. John’s, but were defeated by Harvard from a walkover.

On Saturday, the Red Storm started off great in doubles as Hejal/Munshaw defeated Roiski/Pham from Columbia and Valero/Schipanski from Tennessee both 8-4.  

Also strong in doubles were Robert Livi and Crapcenko, who both won two matches one being against Tulsa (8-1) and the other Cornell University.

Sunday morning started off great, as Hejal gained a victory by walkover in the Tiger Draw against Nick Bybel from Bucknell. Before Robert Livi and Crapcenko lost to Dartmouth, they both defeated Penn State University 8-6.
The team had lot of ups and downs, but will definitely progress as they head back to Princeton, New Jersey for the Farnsworth Tournament from October 9-11.