Mayorga's Comeback Singles Win Clinches 5-4 Triumph for Men's Tennis Over John Jay

Mayorga's Comeback Singles Win Clinches 5-4 Triumph for Men's Tennis Over John Jay

WAYNE, N.J. — After dropping his opening set in singles, senior Carlos Mayorga (East Elmhurst, N.Y/St. John's Prep) rallied to win in a super tiebreaker to deliver the first victory of the season for the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) defeating John Jay College, 5-4, in a non-conference match on Thursday afternoon at the Wayne Indoor Tennis Club.

The Basics

  • Final Score: St. Joseph's 5, John Jay 4
  • Records: St. Joseph's (1-1), John Jay (1-3)
  • Location: Wayne, N.J.
  • Courts: Wayne Indoor Tennis Club

How It Happened

  • Senior Carlos Mayorga and junior Matthew Smith cruised at No. 3 doubles posting a shutout victory while senior Kyle Johnson and sophomore Alec Smalley teamed up at No. 2 doubles and grinded out an 8-6 victory to give St. Joseph's a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
  • Smalley cruised at No. 6 singles to remain undefeated on the day defeating Kevin LaTorre, 6-2, 6-1 but John Jay remained within reach taking No. 1 singles at love.
  • The remaining four singles matches were highly contested with freshman Vaso Vukosavovic earning his first collegiate singles victory at No. 2 singles 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) pulling the Bears within one of victory but Johnson was edged out by a break, 7-5, 8-6, at the No. 3 position.
  • Both Smith and Mayorga dropped their opening sets at No. 4 and No. 5 singles putting the Bloodhounds in position to take the overall win, but both came back in the second set--Mayorga gutting out a 8-6 win in a tiebreak--to force super-tiebreakers, with the Bears needing just one of the two matches to seal the victory.
  • Smith fought valiantly but came up short falling 10-7 leaving the overall match knotted at 4-all and up to Mayorga and the senior delivered in the super-tiebreaker winning in extra points, 12-10.

The Bear Facts

  • The victory over John Jay was the first in four meetings all-time.
  • Mayorga and Smalley both were undefeated on the day winning both singles and doubles matches and their first victories of the season.

Next up for St. Joseph's

Riding the momentum for their first victory of the season, the Bears will face another CUNYAC foe heading to City College of New York on Tuesday, March 29.