The College of Staten Island men’s tennis squad got back in the win column after a couple of tough losses, scoring a 9-0 win over Berkeley College (NY) as part of non-conference play at the CSI Tennis Center. The Dolphins improved to 7-3 overall while the Knights fell to an even 2-2.
CSI was sharp from start to finish, even with a shake-up in doubles play. In the top spot, CSI send out the team of Chris Pinto and Raymond Hwang, and the duo scored a well-eared, 8-2, decision over BC’s Herder Prisco and Thinh Nguyen. One notch lower, Ed Ruffe and Austin Kapetanakis went unblemished, winning their flight, 8-0. In the No. 3 position, a determined Andrew Adia paired with Nolan Reese to lift CSI to an 8-3 win over the Knights’ Chubak Ulan and Alexander Maurmom.
When play turned the singles, the Dolphins won efficiently. Ed Ruffe in the top spot won his match, 6-0, 6-0, and Chris Livoti at No. 2, Kapetanakis at No. 3, Adia at No. 4, and Pinto at No. 6 all lost only one game in their sets to win 6-1, 6-0, decisions,. Playing in the No. 5 spot, Hwang scored a 6-0, 6-3, winner over Sebastian Rousseau to complete the shutout win.
CSI will next take on St. Joseph’s College of Patchogue on Monday April 20, at 4:30pm, for continued non-conference play leading up to the CUNYAC Championship Tournament which begins next Friday, April 24.