It what was their final tune-up before the CUNYAC Postseason, the College of Staten Island men’s tennis squad finished off on the right footing, posting a 6-3 win over Rutgers-Newark today at the CSI Tennis Complex. The Dolphins improved to 9-5 overall with the win, while the Scarlet Raiders fell to 8-6.
CSI got off to a good start in doubles. As the duo of Chris Pinto and Raymond Hwang were able to out-do the RU team of Parth Shah and Kevin Martin, 8-0. Rutgers was able to answer in the top spot as Brandon Davis and Joe Codomo won an 8-4 decision but CSI would counter as the team of Akaki Dundua and Tao Lin worked quick in an 8-4 win over Richard Nguyen and Alan Yu in the No. 3 position.
When play switched to Singles, CSI took a 3-1 lead as Alex Tsui was able to coast in the No. 5 position with a 6-0. 6-0, win. Shortly after, Hwang came off of the courts in the No. 3 spot with a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Nguyen.
CSI had its big lead cut, however, as RU’s Davis won at the No. 1 spot over CSI’s Matthew Vesci, 6-4, 6-2. Then, at No.2 Shah scored a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Chris Pinto to cut the lead even further. But CSI would ultimately prevail. Mitchel Voloshin at No. 6 served up a 6-3, 6-0, winner over Stan Wu, and in a tough No. 4 war, Dundua out-lasted Codomo, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
With the regular season now completed, CSI will turn its attention to the CUNYAC Postseason. The Dolphins have earned the No. 3 seed in the six team tournament, and will host No. 6 John Jay College on Friday, April 27, at 3pm at the CSI Tennis Center.