April 23, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Friday, April 25 at 1 p.m. begins the quest for the Villanova men's tennis team as the seeds for the BIG EAST Championship have been announced. The tournament is set to take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. and the Wildcats draw a No. 8 seed as they seek their first conference title in program history.
First serve is set for Friday at 1 p.m. as No. 1 seed St. John's awaits will the luxury of playing on its home court in N.Y. The Red Storm concluded the regular season ranked No. 70 in the national polls as they hoist a 13-7 record and finished 2-0 in conference. Earlier in the year, St. John's edged No. 3 DePaul 4-3 at home and breezed by Creighton 6-1 on the road in its two BIG EAST bouts.
The Wildcats boast a 5-16 record heading into the tournament with their only BIG EAST match coming by way of defeat to Georgetown, 6-1, on April 16.
However, Villanova enters the tournament on a high note after taking down Fairfield on the road by a final score of 4-2 with singles wins from Bradley Noyes (Marblehead, Mass.), Tim Abbracciamento (Robbinsville, N.J.), Michael Rosengren (Sharon, Mass.) and Matt Colonnese (Marietta, Ga.). Following an 0-12 start, the Wildcats picked up their play down the stretch with five victories in nine contests.
Top singles player, Thomas O'Brien (Branford, Conn.), is 6-10 during dual action and 7-10 when teaming with Kelly Donaldson (Broomfield, Colo.) in doubles competition. Donaldson leads the team with an 8-9 record from stints coming at the No. 4-6 flights.
Junior Abbracciamento is second on the team with seven triumphs coming from the No. 4-6 slots. The junior is undefeated (2-0) when serving at the No. 6 position.
The team has fared well at the four and six singles flights, showing an 8-13 and an 8-11 record, respectively.
Last season, the Wildcats capped off their best year in program history with a No. 6 seed in the BIG EAST Championship before suffering a pair of defeats against No. 3 USF and No. 7 DePaul.