Nick Zikos blasted his way to wins in singles and doubles

The College of Staten Island men’s tennis team made it a perfect seven-for-seven since their Spring Break trip to Florida, winning for the seventh straight outing, this time via a 7-2 win over John Jay College at the CSI Tennis Center this afternoon.  The Dolphins improved to 7-5 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the CUNYAC.  John Jay fell to 4-3, 3-2, respectively.

Play started with doubles, and CSI was able to take two out of three flights.  JJC got on the board with a win in the top spot.  There, Erkut Cakmak and Tomas Montes De Oca pulled forward with an 8-4 win over CSI’s Timur Shamuradov and Hector Molina.  CSI got even, however, in the second spot, where for the first time, Nicholas Zikos and Kolachok Chuenpratum teamed up and scored an 8-5 win over Luis Chirinos and Yevgeniy Remennik.  At No. 2, a very well played match ended with CSI on top, as the duo of Ed Ruffe and Daniel Ursomanno bested the Bloodhounds’ Derrick Chung and Frantisek Demek, 8-6.

When play turned to singles, CSI left little to doubt.  CSI won flights one through five to breeze to the win.  In top spot, Zikos was a hard-fount winner over Cakmak, winning 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.  Shamuradov won quickly over Chirinos at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0, while Molina in the No. 3 spot was a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, winner over Chung.  At No. 4 Ursomanno stayed hot with a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Stephen Walz, who only played singles for JJC.  CSI and John Jay then split very long matches.

At No. 5, CSI came out on top, as Chuenpratum was a 5-7, 6-2, 11-9 winner over JJC’s Remennik.  The Bloodhounds, however, took a marathon match as well, as Demek defeated Ruffe, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 14-12.

CSI is back in action on Wednesday, April 10, when they travel to Ramapo College for a 3:30pm, non-conference, contest.