After being shut out in Thursday’s loss to Princeton, the St. John’s women’s tennis team bounced back and grabbed their first victory of the season, defeating Syracuse 6-1 Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Park.
The Red Storm began the day with a hard-fought victory in the first round of doubles play, as Alison Adamski and Nataly Tumsevica defeated Olga Votavova and Maria Vasilyeva 8-6.
After that, however, it was all St. John’s as Ira Aleksova and Maria Zivcicova took the second round 8-2 over Carolina Huignard and Chelsea Jones. Lauren Leo and Mariana Chachua completed the sweep with an 8-1 win over Anne Magellan and Kathleen Ready.
Singles competition was more of the same, beginning with Zivcicova going the distance in a strenuous three-set match over Votavova 7-6, 7-6, 10-4 in the number one spot.
Syracuse responded by scoring their only point in the competition with a second round victory, as Vasilyeva beat Tumsevica 6-0, 6-2. After that, St. John’s rallied as Adamski took the number three spot 6-0, 6-2 over Huignard. Aleksova defeated Jones 6-2, 6-1 in the forth, Gabija Gasiunaite won 6-2, 6-4 over Magellan in the fifth, and Leo topped Ready 6-2, 6-0 to win the sixth round.
Princeton 7, St. John’s 0Saturday’s win comes after a rough start for the Red Storm, who began the season with four straight losses on the road, including their 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Princeton University on Thursday.
It began with Gasiunaite and Ashley Harper retiring in the number two doubles spot after being down 4-0 to Princeton’s Sarah Huah and Darcy Robertson but showed promise in the third round when Aleksova and Zivcicova scored an 8-2 win over Blakely Ashley and Kristen Scott. However, momentum quickly shifted back to the Tigers as Adamski and Tumsevica came up short in an 8-6 loss to Melissa Saiontz and Ivana King in the number one spot.
The Red Storm did not fare any better in singles matches, as Leo retired in the sixth match trailing 6-2. Harper fell to Ashley 6-0, 6-1 in the fifth spot. Tumsevica was defeated by Saiontz 6-1, 6-0 in the number one spot. Huah bested Gasiunaite 6-1, 6-1 in the forth spot and Adamski lost to King 6-1, 6-3 in the second.
St. John’s last chance for redemption came in the number three spot, as Aleksova forced a third set with Robertson.
Unfortunately, she came up short and lost 6-1, 5-7. 10-6.