The College of Staten Island men’s tennis team is on a two-game skid, and they are hoping for a chance to turn the tide this afternoon as they open up play on their home courts for the first time when they host Sarah Lawrence College at 1pm at the CSI Tennis Center.
CSI vs. SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (1-2) vs. Sarah Lawrence College (0-3)
Where: CSI Tennis Center – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): Alex Tsui continues to carry the hot racket right now for CSI, as he is a perfect 3-0 in Singles play to open the season. Two of those victories have come at the No. 6 position and Tsui will look to continue the trend again this afternoon. Matthew Vesci took his first win of the season yesterday as well, and is now 1-1 at the No. 4 position this is season. Raymond Hwang and David Luo and Matthew Kotlyar and Alex Tsui are the only two Doubles pairs that have taken wins this season and there is no question that CSi will try and use today to overturn a 2-7 overall doubles record to start the 2018 campaign.
Players to Watch (SLC): The Gryphons have dropped their first three matches of the season and currently only sport two players who have registered singles wins to begin the season. Andre Garibaldi is 1-1 overall, sporting a win at the No. 3 position, while Divij Kapoor is also 1-1 with a 1-0 record in the No. 2 spot. They will look for victories high up in the order where the Dolphins have had their struggles in the past.
News & Notes: Today’s match is the first-ever between the two sides. One losing streak will come to an end today, as the Dolphins are looking to overturn a two-game slide after a season-opening victory, and the Gryphons are looking to stop a four-game losing streak dating back to last year. They are 0-3 to open the 2018 season. Today is the Dolphins’ home opener, and likewise, it is SLC’s first road match of the season. CSI was 5-4 at home last year while SLC was 1-5 on the road last year, a stark contrast to their 4-1 home record of a year ago. So far this season, the team’s share just one common opponent in Yeshiva. CSI fell to the Maccabees, 7-2, while the Gryphons were defeated in straight-sets, 9-0.