HERSHEY, Pa. – Max McDonald won in three sets at No. 6 singles to clinch the match for Bucknell in a 4-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s at the Hershey Racquet Club on Tuesday. It was the third three-set win in the past four matches for McDonald, who helped the Bison improve to 5-13 overall.

With the team score knotted at 3-3, McDonald’s match against Jean Armstrong went the distance. McDonald dropped the first set 6-4, but went on to get the Bison the victory with 6-1, 7-6 scores in the second and third sets.

McDonald teamed with Daniel Wright for a 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, but Mount St. Mary’s took the first point with victories on the other two courts.

Bucknell took the first three completed singles matches to grab a 3-1 lead. Max Palmer, competing for the first time in nearly a month, started the run with an easy 6-2, 6-0 win on court two.

The Bison followed with two more straight-sets victories. Andrei Vitiuc was a 6-1, 6-4 winner on court three, and Max Kane was a 6-3, 6-1 winner on court four.

Mount St. Mary’s won the next two completed matches, and Armstrong had a 1-0 lead, but McDonald came through with the clutch win.

“It was a really good match between two scrappy teams today,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “I was nice for us to get Max Palmer back in the lineup, and Max McDonald provided another three-set match clinch in dramatic fashion.”

Bucknell opens conference play at Army West Point with a pair of matches on Sunday. The Bison will play the host Black Knights and Holy Cross.

“I’m not going to make excuses for my team, but this was supposed to be our outdoor home opener,” Myers said of Tuesday’s match. “Our next five matches are on the road. That’s 23 matches off campus before we finally play one on our home courts. That’s an amazing grind, and I give the players a lot of credit for not using that as a built-in excuse. We open Patriot League play Sunday and have to iron out some of our issues, including doubles.”

Bucknell 4, Mount St. Mary's 3
3/21/2017 at Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Racquet Club) 

Singles competition
1. Mateo DeSomocurcio (MOUNT) def. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
2. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) def. Darren Mast (MOUNT) 6-2, 6-0
3. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) def. Louis Tonon (MOUNT) 6-1, 6-4
4. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) def. Brandon Wortkotter (MOUNT) 6-3, 6-1
5. Peter Landis (MOUNT) def. Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 7-5
6. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) def. Jean Armstrong (MOUNT) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6


Doubles competition
1. Mateo DeSomocurcio/Darren Mast (MOUNT) def. Max Palmer/Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 7-5
2. Daniel Wright/Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) def. Zachary Burau/Jean Armstrong (MOUNT) 6-1
3. Louis Tonon/Brandon Wortkotter (MOUNT) def. Bryan Adams/Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-2


Match Notes
Mount St. Mary's 1-8
Bucknell 5-13
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (2,3,4,5,1,6)