The College of Staten Island won for the second straight time, rolling passed John Jay College, 8-1, in a match played Sunday afternoon at the CSI Tennis Center. CSI improved to 7-1 in CUNY while boasting a 10-4 overall mark this season. The Dolphins were the visiting team despite playing on their home courts.
Before play even started, CSI was spotted a pair of points, as the Bloodhounds were forced to concede both the No. 6 Singles and No. 3 Doubles flights due to am insufficient roster to field all positions. Already up 1-0, CSI swept the pair of doubles matches to take a commanding, 3-0, lead after doubles play. Gabriella Villarruel and Qing Li teamed up at No. 1 winning a hard-fought, 8-5, set over JJ’s Elizabeth Cyran and Lauren Mallon. Over at No. 2, the team of Justine Kuna and Ilona Stoyko had similar success, advancing over the Bloodhounds’ Ashley Marrero and Wilesca Belhomme, 8-3.
When play shifted to Singles, only five flights were played. Needing only to win one (because John Jay conceded No. 6), CSI ended up winning four of five. Villarruel won at No. 1, with Stoyko and Yelena Rasporskaya following suit. In the toughest matchup, CSI’s Kuna toppled JJ’s Crystal Charles, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 10-5, for the win. JJ’s only win came at No. 3, a Mallon win over Nancy Almazo.
CSI will be back in action on Monday, when they face Kean University in a non-conference test at 3:30pm.