Men's Tennis Falls Short in BIG EAST Championship Match
April 27, 2014
NEW YORK -- The third-seeded DePaul men's tennis team fell one win shy of the NCAA Tournament, dropping the 2014 BIG EAST Championship match to No. 1 St. John's, 4-1.
St. John's will take the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in two weeks. The Blue Demons close their season at 11-14.
The Blue Demons and Red Storm split the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches to start the day, leaving the doubles point to the No. 2 match, where Sten Leusink and Kyle Johnson fell to Erick Reyes and R.J. Del Nunzio, 8-6. As a result, St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the contest.
In singles play, St. John's grabbed a 2-0 match advantage when Livi beat Paul John at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Then, Munshaw defeated Joshua Schramm in the No. 4 match, 6-0, 6-2, to put St. John's up 3-0.
Vieyra kept the Blue Demons alive, though, winning a 6-3, 6-2 match over Hejhal at No. 3 singles to make it a 3-1 match.
But Reyes was able to shut the door and give the Red Storm the title by defeating Leusink at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
DePaul's up and down season ends with 11 wins, the most for the program since the 2012 campaign. The Blue Demons won 3-of-4 to close the year.
The BIG EAST Championship match was also the final collegiate match for Dzanko. The senior finished up his final season at DePaul with a 26-10 overall singles record while going 16-6 in dual play. All 22 of his dual singles matches came in the No. 1 position.
Match Results - #1 St. John's 4, #3 DePaul 1
1. Vaidik Munshaw/Lucas Hejhal (SJU) def. Filip Dzanko/David Vieyra (DPU), 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Dzanko (DPU) leading Del Nunzio (SJU), 6-4, 3-5
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 2 (1, 6 DNF)