LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s tennis team will have nine players in the quarterfinal round of singles play when the season-opening Bucknell Fall Invite resumes on Saturday. The Bison received two byes and went 7-1 in matches played on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Courts.
The Bison will have three players in contention for the top-flight title, including freshman Max Palmer and sophomore Andrei Vitiuc. Palmer recorded his first career win by a 6-2, 6-4 win over Colgate’s Bobby Alter, who went 26-11 last season. Vitiuc cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Loyola’s Reid Burch. Junior Daniel Wright received a bye on the other side of the bracket.
Junior Max Kane and sophomore Max McDonald posted easy wins in Flight 2 singles. Kane topped Jean Armstrong from Mount St. Mary’s 6-2, 6-0, while McDonald was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Peter Landis, also from Mount St. Mary’s. Senior Bryan Adams received a bye on the other side of the draw and will join the pair in the quarterfinals.
In Flight C singles, it will be junior Timber Erskine, junior Ben Gerber and sophomore Max Haase competing for a title after first-round wins. Erskine defeated Chris Lindsey (Mount St. Mary’s) in straight sets, while Gerber did the same in his match with Loyola’s Kyle Gower. Haase bounced back from an opening-set loss to Sean McNulty (Mount St. Mary’s) to record a 3-6, 6-3, (10-0) victory.
The Bison added a pair of wins in doubles play. In the top flight, Wright and Erskine were 6-2 victors over a team from Saint Francis, while Palmer and Kane won 6-3 over a team from Loyola. Adams and Gerber received a bye at the top of the bracket, while freshman Colin Sacco and McDonald did the same at the bottom.
Vitiuc and Haase are the lone Bucknell team competing in Flight 2 doubles. They received a bye to the semifinal round.