LEWISBURG, Pa. – A pair of Bucknell freshmen made the most of their collegiate debuts for women’s tennis this weekend, as Paige Leavy and Jill Auteri went unbeaten to win their respective singles draws at the Bucknell Fall Invite. The Bison nearly added a doubles title, as well, as senior Michele Urbinati and sophomore Lauren Fishbein advanced to the finals.
Leavy’s title came in Flight 3 singles, where she defeated Saint Francis freshman Kathryn Dunleavy in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. She was 4-0 on the weekend, adding victories over Hannah Davis (Mount St. Mary’s), Stephanie Miller (Saint Francis) and Rachel Wood (IUP). Miller was an NEC All-Rookie Team selection last season.
Auteri was a perfect 3-0 on her way to a first-place finish in Flight 4, beating Loyola’s Sydney Siembida 6-3, 7-5 in the championship match. Auteri didn’t lose a set in her three matches, defeating Emma Blake (Mount St. Mary’s) 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Cheyenne Brown (Colgate) 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals.
“I’m so happy four our two freshman,” said Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt. “They both showed a lot of guts this weekend, and I’m extremely proud of them for how they competed. “
FIshbein and Urbinati had a solid tournament while playing Flight 1 doubles. The duo beat a team from Mount St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals and a team from Villanova in the semifinals. They fell 6-3 to Villanova’s Kaylan Rotman and Lindsey Evans in the championship round.
Bucknell will have a weekend off before competing at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational on Sept. 23-25.
“I saw a lot of good things for our first tournament, but we also have a lot to work on before our next big tournament in two weeks,” Helt said.