SAN DIEGO – Bucknell men’s tennis opened its five-match trip to California with a 5-2 loss to Cypress on Saturday at the Cypress College Tennis Center.
The Bison started the match on a positive note, taking the doubles point with close wins in the top two spots. Sophomore Andrei Vitiuc and senior Bryan Adams were 7-5 winners on court one, while juniors Daniel Wright and Ben Gerber teamed up for a win by the same score on court two.
Vitiuc and Adams were playing together for the first time this season. Wright and Gerber upped their record to 3-3.
Gerber had the lone singles victory for the Bison. He improved to 8-8 overall and 3-3 during the spring, winning by 6-2. 7-5 scores on court six.
Bucknell dropped to 2-11 overall, while Cypress improved to 9-3 with its fourth consecutive win.
“Our first match outside didn’t go our way against a very good Cypress team,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “A ton of excuses could be made – late flight and missing a big part of our team with Timber Erskine and Max Palmer out with injuries – but that doesn’t make up for the fact that we gave forgotten how to win.”
The Bison continue play on Sunday with a noon (EST) match at UC San Diego, which is ranked 14th in Division II. The match will be played at the Northview Tennis Courts.
“We will be back at it tomorrow against a nationally-ranked UC San Diego team, which will be a difficult challenge,” Myers said.
Cypress 5, Bucknell 2
3/11/2017 at Cypress, Cal. (Cypress Tennis Center)
|1. Max Blancaneaux (CYPRESS) def. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 6-3|
|2. Vincent Reynaud (CYPRESS) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-1|
|3. Thomas Kyle (CYPRESS) def. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-2|
|4. Yubo Chen (CYPRESS) def. Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) 6-0, 6-4|
|5. Petrus Botha (CYPRESS) def. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 7-6|
|6. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Nicholas Turner (CYPRESS) 6-2, 7-5|
|1. Andrei Vitiuc/Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) def. Max Blancaneaux/Vincent Reynaud (CYPRESS) 7-5|
|2. Daniel Wright/Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Gertjan De Wilder/Ingmar Remmerswaal (CYPRESS) 7-5|
|3. Yubo Chen/Thomas Kyle (CYPRESS) def. Max Haase/Colin Sacco (BUCKNELL) 6-1|