Tennis: Women beat Georgetown, Men upset Harvard

St. Johns mens tennis team picked up one of its biggest wins in program history (Photo: Twitter/@StJohnsTennis

St. John’s men’s tennis team picked up one of its biggest wins in program history (Photo: Twitter/@StJohnsTennis

Sydney Johnson, Staff Writer

Friday was a very good day for St. John’s tennis as both teams earned road wins. The women went to Washington D.C. and beat the Georgetown Hoyas 5-2. The men upset Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts 4-3.

The men began the day by sweeping the Crimson in doubles play. Lucas Hejhal and Dusan Vukicevic won their match 6-2 which was their second consecutive doubles match victory. Daniel Skripnik and Roberto Livi defeated their pair of opponents 7-6 and they are now 9-4 when playing together. Vaidek Munshaw and Alan Nunez Aguilera won 6-4, earning the team the doubles point.

Freshman Andrei Crapcenco took two sets in a row, 6-2 and 7-5. He is now 12-1 in singles play. Livi defeated his singles opponent in two sets, 6-1 and 6-2, earning him his seventh victory of the year.

The Red Storm found themselves ties 3-3 with the Crimson with one final singles match to play. Skripnik won by a close margin but was able to pull away with a victory giving the men the final point and the victory over the 28-time Ivy League champions.

This win was a big one for the Johnnies and Head Coach Eric Rebhuhn thought is happy with the performance. “We have been working hard since January for this opportunity,” Rebhuhn said. “We were prepared we believed this was our time. I am so proud of our guys and happy for them.” 

The District saw a women’s tennis victory over Georgetown.

Anna Morozova and Jaide Collins got the ball rolling by earning a 6-0 victory in doubles play. Stephanie Elgegren and Delia Arranz clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win. The two are now 6-2 this year.

The day’s singles matches started off with a win by Morozova. She defeated her opponent with two 6-3 sets and earned her seventh singles win of the year. Natalia Vavulina was taken to a third set in her match. After two sets, 6-1 and 4-6, she was able to put the last set away 6-3, earning the Storm another point. Olaya Inclan also one her match in a hard-fought three sets (4-6, 7-6, 7-5). The one to seal the deal was freshman Arranz. She won in two sets (6-3, 6-2) and with her match, the women took home a win.

The Johnnies have won 11 consecutive matches against the Hoyas and have won 12 of their last 13 regular season Big East matches.