Bellio & Lisichenok Win B-Doubles Draw at ITAs



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. 

Stonehill Results: 

A-Singles Bracket:

Eric Ringstad

            Def. by Lorenzo Montegiorgi (Concordia) 6-1, 6-1 – First Round

Tom Alaimo

            Def. by Sander Brenner (Adelphi) 6-1, 6-2 – First Round 

A-Doubles Bracket:


            Def. Ander Murillo/Diego Pinto (UDC) 8-6 – First Round

            Def. by Rafael Ferriera/Manuel Righi (Concordia) 8-0 – Second Round 

B-Singles Bracket:

Thomas Bellio

            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

Jared Drzal

            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 

Nick Lisichenok

            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 

Jeffrey Gagnon

            Def. Adam Pizow (Queens) 7-5 – First Round

            Def. Yuvraj Bains (Caldwell) 6-2 – Second Round

            Def. Jared Drzal (Stonehill) – Third Round 

Jonathan Sanders

            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 

B-Doubles Bracket:


            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.

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