After having their eight-game win streak snapped yesterday, the College of Staten Island men’s tennis team got back on the winning side of the ledger on Tuesday, getting by Brooklyn College on the road as part of CUNYAC play, 7-2. CSI extended to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in CUNYAC, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-11, 0-6, respectively.
CSI was on their way to a victory after a solid doubles performance, which helped them get out a 3-0 lead. In the top spot, Nick Zikos and Ed Ruffe teamed up for the first time this season, scoring an 8-1 win over Davis Zabiyaka and Marvin Gill. One flight down, the duo of Hector Molina and Dmitriy Vituk took care of Deshi Wu and Andrew Au, 8-3. Finally, in the third spot, CSI’s Daniel Ursomanno and Austin Kapetanakis were flawless in an 8-0 win over Yeshen Shang and Anthony Sideris.
When play switched to singles, Brooklyn took wins in the fifth and sixth positions, but the rest belonged to the Dolphins. Zikos scored his eighth straight singles win at No. 1 over Zabiyaka, 6-3, 6-2, and one flight down, Molina was sensational in a 6-1, 6-0, win over Wu. Ursomanno was a 6-0, 6-1, winner at No. 3, while Ruffe scored himself a hard-earned, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3) win over BC’s Shang.
CSI has now finalized its CUNYAC regular season with a 6-1 mark, which will most likely seed them second in the upcoming CUNYAC Postseason Championship tournament. Until then, CSI will have two final matches remaining, the first this coming Thursday at 4pm against non-conference NYU-Polytechnic at the CSI Tennis Center.