Men’s Tennis Goes 0-2 On The Weekend


Courtesy of Villanova Athletics

The Wildcats fell after a close battle with Lehigh on Sunday, April 2.

Lauren Armstrong, Staff Writer

This past week, Villanova’s men’s tennis team went 0-2, losing to St. John’s on Wednesday, March 29th and Lehigh on Sunday, April 2nd. Villanova lost, 7-0, to the Red Storm and 4-3 to Lehigh. 

Against St. John’s, doubles did not go in favor for Villanova with Lukas Choi and Justin Suarez losing, 6-0. Tighe Brunetti and Trey Fourticq also lost their doubles match, 6-2, while Josh Robinson and Cooper Gordon’s doubles match went unfinished, with 5-3. 

“Josh Robinson and Tighe Brunetti had good matches,” head coach Brad Adams said. “Robinson played really strong, and while Brunetti came out a little cold, he warmed up during the second set.”

Singles did not go much better for the ‘Cats, with Robinson losing in two, both 6-2 to Diogo Marques. Brunetti had a tough first loss to Sergio Molina, 6-0, but fought back hard, ultimately losing in two, with the second set being 6-4. Gordon also lost his match in two, 6-4 and 6-2, against Carl Gustafsson. Ryan Nguyen played two against Adam Groves, losing, 6-2 and 6-1. Fourticq had the longest singles match of the day, playing Ryota Kaneda in three, losing 6-0, 3-6 and 12-10. To end the match, Suarez lost, 8-3, in his match against Matthew Mosejczuk.  

Lehigh was a lot closer of a match, with Villanova losing, 4-3. In doubles, Lehigh’s Jeremy Learner and Jordan Paul beat Brunetti and Fourticq, 6-3. Lehigh’s Marc Blekhman and Matt Kleiman also won against Villanova’s Gordon and Robinson, 7-6-(1). Lastly, to sweep the doubles point, Lehigh’s Michael Bukhalo and Luke Donovan won against Nguyen and Suarez, 7-5.  

The singles matches overall went better for Villanova than the doubles did. Robinson dominated over Kleiman winning 6-3 in both sets played. Brinetti won his match against Blekhman in three, going 6-2, 2-6, and coming back with a 6-1 win. Gordon lost his match to Learner 6-7-(4), 6-3 and 6-1. Fourticq also walked away with a loss, going 6-4 and 6-3 against Morash. Nguyen had a great win in the number five spot, playing against and beating Paul, 6-3 and 7-5. Lastly, Suarez fought hard in three sets, yet lost to Wyeth Anzilotti, 6-3, 5-7, and 6-3.  

“Robinson, Brunetti and Nguyen pulled off very impressive wins against Lehigh,” Adams said.

This coming weekend, the Cats will travel to DePaul on Friday, April 7th and Marquette Saturday, April 8th.

“With (Lukas) Choi most likely out for the rest of the season, we are going to have to make adjustments to the doubles teams, as well as work even harder to ensure we play at the highest level possible against these teams coming up,” Adams said. “Lehigh is very comparable to the teams we will be playing this weekend [DePaul and Marquette] and hopefully we can leave the Midwest going either 1-1 or 2-0.”