Johnnies win in first match of year

Total domination was the order of the day last Saturday as the St. John’s women’s tennis team trounced the University of Albany, seven matches to none, at the Alley Pond Tennis Center in Bayside.

The win marked the beginning of the spring season and the women debuted with a bang.

The singles matches were won by the Red Storm in perfect fashion, all in straight sets.

The clean sweep was in jeopardy when St. John’s junior Olga Romanidis found herself down 5-1 to Albany’s Kyle Steller in the first set.

Romanidis promptly won the next 12 games in the sixth spot to earn the stunning come-from-behind win (7-5, 6-0).

That was the only scare in the impressive performance by the Johnnies.

In No. 1 singles, senior Nataylia Kostova defeated Albany’s Violeta Petijevic, 6-4, 6-4.

At the two spot, Red Storm sophomore Kristina Bothova prevailed over Courtney Michels with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The third match went to graduate student and last year’s team MVP, Vera Efstathiou, who defeated Marisa Berley, 6-1, 7-5.

In the No. 4 match, Tessa Woodruff defeated Krista Babiarz flawlessly, 6-0, 6-0.

Coming in at No. 5, Lauren Lorenzetti beat Alex Berley, 6-2, 6-2.

All in all, it was a thoroughly dominant performance by the Storm.

Romanidis, who found herself on a roll, continued her strong performance as she and her partner Efstathiou clobbered Albany’s Babiarz and Lisa Fund in the deciding doubles match 8-1.

The team of Bothova and Kostova beat Albany’s Violeta Petijevic and Marisa Berley, 8-2, in their doubles contest.

Albany earlier tied up the doubles portion when Michels and Berley defeated Lorenzetti and Woodruff, 9-8 and 7-3 in the tiebreaker.