Tennis teams drop Drexel

Kyle Scudilla

Both of Villanova’s tennis teams picked up big victories against local rival, Drexel, this week. On Tuesday, the men’s team defeated the Dragons, 7-0. A day later the women’s team accomplished the same perfect feat.

On the men’s side, Ricardo Balardi (No. 2), Angel Rubio (No. 3) and Scott Fahrendorf (No. 5) won their singles matches in straight sets against Drexel competition. Rounding out the singles field, Aaron Kusza won his No. 1 singles match 6-7, 6-0, 1-0, and Dimitri Chimerakis won his No. 3 match 6-0, 4-6, 1-0.

In doubles, Kusza and Balardi picked up a win in the No. 1 matchup 8-6, while Fahrendorf teamed with Charlie Farmer to knockout their competition 8-4. The shutout victory upped the Wildcats overall record to a mark of 7-11, while the Dragons fell to 5-8 after the loss.

However, the men did not have such an easy go of it when they faced off against the Red Storm of St. John’s at home on Sunday.

Angel Rubio, in his No. 3 singles match, managed the only win for the Wildcats, as Villanova suffered a 6-1 defeat. Rubio breezed through a 6-1, 6-4 victory over St. John’s Claudio Halim, but the rest of the team struggled throughout the match.

Ricardo Baraldi, at No. 1 singles, made it interesting in the first set, losing 7-6, but bowed out, losing 6-4 in the second set. Each of his teammates followed suit, losing their singles matches in straight sets.

In doubles, No. 1 team Baraldi Aaron Kusza lost 9-8 to St. John’s Morgan Bauer and David Nylen. The No. 2 Villanova doubles team of Dimitri Chimerakis and Sean Gallagher also lost by a score of 9-7.

The women also suffered a stinging loss this week, when they took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and lost by a margin of 6-1. The one bright spot for Villanova was Wildcat sophomore and New Jersey native Leighann Reilly, as she defeated Alina Balasa of Rutgers in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 10-2, in her No. 3 singles match.

Rutgers salvaged every other singles match at the event, held this past Saturday at the University tennis complex. No. 1 Villanova player Candice Carlin won her first set 6-4, but dropped the next two 6-4, 10-8, in a loss to the Scarlet Knights’ Katrina Elder-Bush. Every other women’s singles match ended in straight sets defeats for the Wildcats.

Elder-Bush teamed with No. 5 singles player Ketevan Shamkova to deliver a doubles defeat to the No. 1 Villanova team of Carlin and Courtney Flezzani, 8-4. The No. 2 Wildcats team of Morgan Flezzani and Melissa Reed did not fare any better, dropping their match 8-1 to the team of Balasa and Anela Dujsic.

The loss for Villanova was their fourth in Big East play this season, dropping their conference record to 1-4.

However, on Wednesday, the women bounced back to shut out Drexel, 7-0. They dominated the competition in every match, except for a 8-5 loss in the No. 3 doubles spot. They now stand at an overall 7-11 record.

The women resume Big East play this afternoon at Pittsburgh, while the men return to action on Saturday when they host Bucknell at 2 p.m.