The College of Staten Island men’s tennis squad upped their season-long winning streak to four matches, all coming in the last six days, as the Dolphins scored an 8-1 win over Rutgers-Newark as part of non-conference action in Newark, NJ. CSI improved to 4-5 on the season, while the Scarlet Raiders fell to 0-2.
The Dolphins executed well in doubles to start, sweeping all three flights. In the pole position, Nick Zikos and Hector Molina took care of Raymond Postadan and Rizk Youssef, 8-2. One flight down, the CSi tandem of Dan Ursomanno and Timur Shamuradov blanked Rajan Mandania and Derence Tejero, 8-0. Kolachuk Chuenpratum and Dmitriy Vituk defeated William Cheung and Elijah Kim in the final frame, 8-3.
CSI was very close to sweeping singles as well. Molina (No. 2), Shamuradov (No. 3), Ursomanno (No. 4) and Chuenpratum (No. 5) all won their individual flights in straight sets. At the top spot, Zikos battled and rebounded nicely, defeated RU’s Postadan 75, 5-7, 6-0. Down at No. 6, CSI’s Austin Kapetanakis was narrowly edged out by RU’s Kim, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7.
With little rest for the weary, CSI will now get a full two days rest before picking up their conference schedule, when they face Lehman College on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm at the CSI Tennis Center.