Freshmen lead strong weekend for Skyhawks at East Regional
FLUSHING, N.Y. (September 29, 2014) – Freshmen Thomas Bellio (Saint Joseph, Michigan/Saint Joseph) and Nikolay Lisichenok (Danvers, Massachusetts/Danvers) led the way for Stonehill College at the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division II East Regional Championships, hosted by Queens (N.Y.) College and Daemen College, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this weekend.
The Stonehill freshman duo won the B-Doubles draw with an 8-6 decision over the Post University tandem of Alejandro Perez and Peter Fanous. Bellio also advanced to the semifinal round of the B-singles draw before being defeated 8-3 by Post's Martin Munez. Lisichenok also reached the B-singles quarterfinals, along with senior Jared Drzal (West Sayville, New York/Sayville), who was defeated by Bellio 7-5. Drzal and classmate Jonathan Sanders (Holbrook, New York/Saint Anthony's) teamed up to reach the B-Doubles quarters, while seniors Tom Alaimo (North Andover, Massachusetts/Central Catholic) and Eric Ringstad (Fairbanks, Alaska/Monroe Catholic) combined to reach the second round of the A-Doubles draw, while also competing in the A-Singles bracket.
Bellio and Lisichenok dropped just one game on their way to the B-Doubles final today, that coming in their 6-1 semifinal round win over Justin Vijungco and Ryan Villarruel from Adelphi in the semifinals. The Stonehill duo breezed to identical 6-0 decisions in the second and third rounds after receiving a first round bye.
Bellio reached the B-semifinals by claiming a 7-5 victory over Drzal in a battle of Stonehill teammates in the quarterfinals. Drzal had defeated freshman Jeffrey Gagnon (Providence, Rhode Island/The Wheeler School) 7-5 in the third round in another all-Skyhawks clash. Alaimo and Ringstad opened the regionals with an 8-6 victory in the opening round of the A-Doubles bracket against Ander Murillo and Diego Pinto from the University of District of Columbia. They were then handed an 8-0 setback by third-seeded Rafael Ferriera and Manuel Righi from Concordia (N.Y.) College.
Def. by Lorenzo Montegiorgi (Concordia) 6-1, 6-1 – First Round
Def. by Sander Brenner (Adelphi) 6-1, 6-2 – First Round
Def. Ander Murillo/Diego Pinto (UDC) 8-6 – First Round
Def. by Rafael Ferriera/Manuel Righi (Concordia) 8-0 – Second Round
First Round Bye
Def. Mark Dobek (Southern N.H.) 6-1 – Second Round
Def. Diego Pinto (UDC) 7-5 – Third Round
Def. Jared Drzal (Stonehill) 7-5 – Quarterfinals
Def. by Martin Munoz (Post) 8-3 – Semifinals
Def. Duncan Henderson (Univ. of Sciences) 6-0 – First Round
Def. Justin Vijungco (Adelphi) 7-5 – Second Round
Def. Jeff Gagnon (Stonehill) 7-5 – Third Round
Def. by Thomas Bellio (Stonehill) 7-5 - Quarterfinals
Def. Casey Hodor (Assumption) 6-0 – First Round
Def. Benjamin Spoor (Le Moyne) 7-5 – Second Round
Def. Vince Bellino (Merrimack) 3-5 (ret.) – Third Round
Def. by Nick Majewski (Merrimack) 6-4 – Quarterfinals
Def. Adam Pizow (Queens) 7-5 – First Round
Def. Yuvraj Bains (Caldwell) 6-2 – Second Round
Def. Jared Drzal (Stonehill) – Third Round
Def. Vladislav Dyenyeszhka (Post) 6-0 – First Round
Def. by Jonathan Ducretrot (Chestnut Hill) 6-2 – Second Round
Gerard Tierney (Marshfield, Massachusetts/Marshfield)
First Round Walkover
Def. by Ryan Moffat (Post) 6-1 – Second Round
First Round bye
Def. Connor Craig/Mark Dobek (Southern N.H.) 6-0 – Second Round
Def. Casey Hodor/Tom Knight (Assumption) 6-0 – Quarterfinals
Def. Justin Vijungco/Ryan Villarruel (Adelphi) 6-1 – Semifinals
Def. Alejandro Perez/Peter Fanous (Post) 8-6 - Final
Def. Hugo Castalan/Chris Long (Caldwell) 6-4 – First Round
Def. Ryan Moffat/ Vladislav Dyenyeszhka (Post) 6-2 – Second Round
Def. by Brad Malenich/Jeremy Reichentahl (Southern N.H.) 6-2 – Quarterfinals
Def. by Christian Zuber/Jake Zylak (Assumption) 6-4 – First Round
Stonehill (0-0, 0-0 NE-10) opens its dual match and Northeast-10 Conference schedule tomorrow when it hosts Franklin Pierce University at Charles Watt Tennis Courts at 6 p.m.