LEWISBURG, Pa. – Lauren Fishbein recorded a big win at No. 1 singles to lead Bucknell to a 7-0 shutout win over Mount St. Mary’s in a non-conference women’s tennis match at the Hershey Racquet Club on Monday. The Bison won all but one of the nine contested matches while improving to 7-4 on the season.
Fishbein won easily on court one, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alexa Quintanilla, a highly-touted freshman from Lima, Peru. Quintanilla was 6-3 during the spring, including a 5-2 record at the top singles spot.
Fishbein upped her record to 8-2 in singles this spring. She improved to 2-1 on court one and holds a 5-1 record on court two. She shares the team lead for most singles wins.
Bucknell didn’t lose a set in singles. Joining Fishbein with straight-sets victories in order of their spot in the singles lineup were Michele Urbinati, Madeline Melch, Paige Leavy, Mishi Papich, and Melissa Parks.
At 8-3 during the spring, Melch is tied with Fishbein for the most singles victories. Parks, a senior captain, continues to anchor the lower half of the lineup. She holds the Bison’s best winning percentage at 7-1.
Gannon and Parks upped their record to 4-3 during the spring. Leavy and Bush evened their record at 3-3.
“It was a very solid performance from everyone,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. “Once they figured out the right game plan, every player closed out their respective matches. Mount St. Mary’s played tough, and we couldn’t give away too many opportunities or they would take control.”
Mount St. Mary’s dropped to 3-9 overall. The Bison have shut out The Mount in each of the past two seasons.
Bucknell opens conference play when it travels to play Colgate on Saturday. The match is scheduled for noon at Sanford Field House.
Bucknell 7, Mount St. Mary's 0
3/20/2017 at Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Racquet Club)
|1. Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) def. Alexa Quintanilla (MSM) 6-1, 6-2|
|2. Michele Urbinati (BUCKNELL) def. Sruthi Kamprath (MSM) 6-3, 6-1|
|3. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Kelly Smith (MSM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3|
|4. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Erin Benefiel (MSM) 7-5, 6-1|
|5. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Hannah Davis (MSM) 6-3, 6-3|
|6. Melissa Parks (BUCKNELL) def. Emma Blake (MSM) 6-2, 6-0|
|1. Alexa Quintanilla/Sruthi Kamprath (MSM) def. Michele Urbinati/Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) 7-6 (8-6)|
|2. Paige Leavy/Emilie Bush (BUCKNELL) def. Kelly Smith/Hannah Davis (MSM) 6-4|
|3. Danielle Gannon/Melissa Parks (BUCKNELL) def. Erin Benefiel/Emma Blake (MSM) 6-1|
|Mount St. Mary's 3-9|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)|