NEW YORK, -- Bucknell men’s tennis split a pair of non-conference matches Saturday, falling to 7-0 to NJIT before bouncing back with a 4-3 win over Hostra.
Junior Daniel Wright had a big win at No. 1 singles against Hofstra, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 over Marcus Smith. The Hofstra sophomore was a Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection last season.
Bucknell’s other three singles wins against Hofstra also came in straight sets. Senior Bryan Adams won 6-2, 6-2 on court four, freshman Max McDonald was a 6-1, 6-0 winner on court five, and freshman Colin Sacco recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court six.
Each of the Bison’s two losses to The Pride came by two points in a tiebreaker. The Pride swept the three doubles contests.
Bucknell improved to 2-9, while Hofstra dropped to 3-5. NJIT improved to 2-1.
“Everyone got in the lineup today,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “We lost to a talented NJIT team. We had two sick players, and Timber (Erskine) suffered an injury in the first game of doubles against Hofstra. The team had every reason to quit, but they went out and competed in singles. McDonald and Sacco had their first collegiate dual match wins, and then we had the wins by Wright and a strong fight by our senior captain (Adams) to get the job done.”
The Bison head to Pittsburgh for a match against Duquesne on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m.