ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Bucknell junior Max Kane went 5-0 to win the Flight E singles title at Navy’s Joe Hunt Invitational, which wrapped up play on Sunday. Kane bested the field of 24 players to secure the second tournament title of his career.
Kane didn’t drop a set in his five wins, which came against players from Morgan State, Delaware, George Mason, Richmond and Mary Washington. He topped second-seeded Alex Pinsonneault (George Mason) 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and then advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over third-seeded Matt Fernandez (Richmond) in the semifinals. He continued his dominant run with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Mary Washington’s Nolan Perugini in the championship match.
“Overall, we played a lot of tennis so it was great for me to see my players against so many different styles,” said Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers. “Max Kane played like he was capable of, winning his draw with relative ease. Max McDonald had a great tournament in both singles and doubles, and it was nice to see our senior leader Bryan Adams able to play relatively pain free and show glimpses of what he is capable of on the court.”
McDonald won his first match in Flight D singles, but lost in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Gabriel Pilones. The sophomore bounced back to post straight-set victories over fourth-seeded Dominic Perez (Delaware) and third-seeded Joseph Brown (Mary Washington) to take fifth-place in the draw.
McDonald added a third-place finish while teaming with freshman Colin Sacco in Flight C doubles. The second-seeded duo received a bye in the first round before posting a win over a team from St. Bonaventure. Following a loss in the semifinals, the pair beat top-seeded Filip Stipcic and Vineet Naran (Temple) 6-2 in the third-place match.
Freshman Max Palmer went 3-1 in singles on the weekend. After dropping his first match, he won three straight to take ninth.
“Playing four or five singles and four doubles matches over a 48-hour period helped me to see where we are from a fitness standpoint and some minor things we need to adjust with our on- and off-court training,” Myers said.
The Bison will have a weekend off before returning to the court to compete at Princeton’s Farnsworth Invitational on Oct. 7-9.