Men’s tennis grabs victory after big loss

Lindsey Beakes

 A set of matches in Queens, N.Y. did not bring pre-break success to the men’s tennis team as they were defeated in every match by their Big East opponent, the Red Storm of St. John’s. 

Doubles play concluded with senior John Magliano and sophomore Liam Bohonnon losing at No. 3 doubles against Martin Kosut and Dustin Goldenberg, who had an 8-4 victory over the Wildcat pair. All the doubles losses allowed St. John’s to claim the doubles point at the beginning of the match. 

Singles play brought more defeat for Villanova as Hauk of St. John’s took out No. 1 singles Leeser, 6-0, 6-1. Shaheen had a similar fate at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Lampa. Witty was the closest to a win as he had one set over his opponent, Stefan Bojic, and brought him to three sets at No. 3 singles, but he still could not get a win for Villanova after losing 7-5, 5-7, 10-2. 

After facing the Red Storm, the Wildcats headed to Monmouth, N.J. for the second match of their double header. The team played Monmouth University in a nonconference match on Thursday at the new Monmouth University Tennis Courts located in Long Branch, N.J. Villanova was able to take its pointless loss against St. John’s and turn it into a 4-3 win versus Monmouth. 

After Shaheen, Leeser and Witty were defeated at first, second and third singles, Alenik, Magliano and Bohonnon each won their singles matches at the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, respectively. Alenik defeated Ben Dashiell, 6-0, 6-3. Magliano beat Oliver Grimly, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Bohonnon had the win over Anthony Desarno, 6-0, 6-2. 

The Wildcats claimed the doubles point for the win with the pairings of Shaheen and Leeser defeating Head and Sherwood, 8-5, and Magliano and Bohonnon defeating Dashiell and Desarno, 8-5.

Villanova’s next match is tomorrow against Georgetown.