Zikos teamed with Ed Ruffe to score a big win at No. 2 Doubles

The College of Staten Island men’s tennis squad scored their second-straight win, overpowering City College of New York on Friday evening at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, as part of CUNYAC action.  CSI improved to 2-5 overall and a perfect 2-0 in CUNY, while the Beavers fell to 0-3, 0-1, respectively.

Despite the 7-2 final, CSI only held a modest 2-1 lead after doubles.  Missing their No. 2 Singles and No. 1 Doubles player Hector Molina, CSI’s No.1 Doubles team of Timur Shamuradev and Daniel Ursomanno fell in their flight, 8-5.  Still, CSI was able to fight on, scoring wins in the second and third flights.  At No. 2 Nick Zikos and Ed Ruffe teammed up to score an 8-4 win, while the No. 3 CSI team of Austin Kapetanakis and Kulachuk Chuenpratum scored an 8-1 decision.

CSI coasted the rest of the way, earning straight set wins from No. 2 through No. 6 singles.  Ursomanno scored a perfect 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 3 over CCNY’s Wilson Lai.  CCNY’s only win in singles was at No. 1, where David Arroyave scored a 7-5, 6-4 win over Zikos.  Eric Zheng appeared only in singles for CSI, scoring a 6-1, 6-1, triumph in the No. 6 spot.

Now on a two game win skein, CSI will return back home to take on St. Joseph’s College (LI) at 1:30pm on Sunday, March 24.