PRINCETON, N.J. – It was a tough first day for the Bucknell men’s tennis team at Princeton’s Farnsworth Invitational, but there is still plenty of tennis to play over the next three days. Facing some of the toughest competition they will see during the fall season, the Bison lost all five of their contested singles matches on Thursday.
Sophomore Max McDonald and junior Max Kane pushed their opponents to three sets, but came up just short in their first round matches. Sophomore Max Haase has yet to play, and will open singles play in the Pagoda Draw (Flight 6) against Lehigh’s Graham Lehman on Friday morning.
Playing in the Cordish Draw (Flight 3), McDonald cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set, but NJIT freshman Aleksa Petrovic won the next two by scores of 6-2 and 6-4. Petrovic was the No. 1 ranked U18 player in Serbia when he committed to NJIT.
Kane began play in the Whitman Draw (Flight 4), where he fell to Marist’s Lars Schouten by scores of 5-7, 7-6, 10-2. Kane saw his five-match winning streak come to an end, but is an impressive 6-2 during the fall season.
In addition to Haase and its players competing in the consolation draw, Bucknell will have three doubles teams open play on Friday evening.