LANCASTER, Pa. – Bucknell men’s tennis was in a close battle with a Patriot League opponent for the second consecutive day, falling 4-1 to Lehigh on Sunday at the West Racquet Club. The Bison were leading in two unfinished singles matches when the overall team victory was clinched by the Mountain Hawks.
“It was a tough ask of the guys to go back-to-back against Colgate and Lehigh, made even more difficult that we had to move this match to Lancaster,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “Our guys fought hard like always. We were without Andrei Vitiuc in singles because of a minor injury.”
Senior Bryan Adams had the lone singles win for Bucknell, beating Colin Nardella 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on court four.
If the remaining matches had been completed, it is likely the final team score would have been decided by one point. Daniel Wright led 5-2 in the third set on court one, while Max Kane was serving while up 30-15 and the score tied 4-4 in the third set on court three.
Wright joined Ben Gerber on court two to record a doubles victory for Bucknell. The pair defeated Ethan Bogard and Nardella 6-3.
Lehigh upped its record to 7-12 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League, while Bucknell fell to 9-17 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
“We expect to play Lehigh in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament so I can see another classic match,” Myers said. “We were up in the two unfinished matches, so our next match could go either way. Doubles again played an important role. We aren’t getting that all important point. It’s something we will need to work on in the days ahead.”
If the teams do meet up in the tournament, it could be a completely different match. Vitiuc was slotted into the No. 3 spot in singles, forcing the Bison to bump up four players in his absence.
Bucknell closes the regular season with a match at Bloomsburg on Monday at 4 p.m.