Women’s Tennis: St. John’s improves to 4-2 in impressive weekend showing


St. John’s took the doubles point with a pair of 6-1 victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions on Friday. (Photo: @StJohnsTennis, Twitter)

Derrell Bouknight, Contributing Writer

With last week’s narrow defeat against Massachusetts still lingering over their heads, Coach Lauren Leo and the  2-1 St. John’s women’s tennis team went into last weekend’s slate of matchups hoping to take out LIU Brooklyn and Providence on Friday and Syracuse on Sunday. They came out pretty well.

Anna Morozova and Jaide Collins’ 6-1 victory at No.3 doubles began to begin the Red Storm’s weekend, and the Johnnies claimed victories at No. 2 doubles from Stephanie Elgegren and Delia Arranz and Natallia Vavulina and Zofia Stainisz at No. 1 doubles. Stainisz, Morozova, Vavulina, Irina Preotescu and Olaya Inclan all recorded straight-set victories to conclude the sweep.

In route to defeating Providence (1-1) for the seventh consecutive time, St. John’s didn’t miss a beat. Coach Leo used the same lineup of Vavulina and Stainsz to defeat the Friars in No. 1 doubles. The team followed with six singles victories, five coming in straight-sets. Arranz also earned her inaugural spring-season victory at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-2.

St. John’s concluded the weekend with a trip to the Drumlins Tennis Center in Syracuse, where they fell to the unbeaten Orange, 5-0 on Sunday. Vavulina and Stainsz defeated Dina Hegab and Anna Shkudun at No. 1 doubles, but a matchup featuring the pair of Collins and Morozova fell short at No. 3 doubles. Arranz and Vavulina lost in close matches, while Preotescu’s match went unfinished.

The Red Storm (4-2) will travel to Hartford University to take on the Hawks this Sunday, February 21 for their next slate.