OLEAN, N.Y. – Bucknell women’s tennis wrapped up a 2-0 weekend with a 6-1 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday at the St. Bonaventure Fitness Center. The Bison (2-0) won by an identical score over Niagara on Friday.
Bucknell prevailed in two of the three matches that went three sets. Sophomore Paige Leavy dropped her opening set on court two, 7-6 (7-5), but responded with 6-3 and 6-4 scores to get the victory. Freshman Schuyler La Barge jumped out ahead with a 6-3 win in set one in her match on court four. She lost the second set 6-4, but took the third, 6-1.
“It was another solid performance, especially in our willingness to battle through some third sets,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. “Our energy is up and that’s helping to keep our focus strong.”
Senior Lisa Jouravleva and junior Mishi Papich swept their singles matches for the second straight day. Jouravleva cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 decision on court one, while Papich picked up the point on court five by 6-1, 6-3 scores.
Madeline Melch notched a win by default on court six to help the Bison take five of the six singles points.
Bucknell started with a 1-0 lead thanks to wins in two of the three doubles matches. Papich and freshman Cayla Koch won 6-4 on court two, while La Barge teamed with senior Emilie Bush for a 6-1 triumph on court three. Both teams improved to 2-0 during the spring.
St. Bonaventure fell to 0-4 this season. Three of the Bonnies’ four losses are to teams from the Patriot League.
The Bison, who started the season 2-0 for the second straight season, will play La Salle at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Explorers are 0-1 with a 6-1 loss to Morgan State.
Bucknell 6, St. Bonaventure 1
1/27/18 at Olean, N.Y. (St. Bonaventure Fitness Center)
|1. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) def. Gabriella Bowe (SBU) 6-3, 6-0|
|2. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Kahlei Reisinger (SBU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4|
|3. Dominique Mortier (SBU) def. Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4|
|4. Schuyler La Barge (BUCKNELL) def. Francesca Chin (SBU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1|
|5. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Eleanor Gerhard (SBU) 6-1, 6-3|
|6. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Nicole Kozinski (SBU), by default|
|1. Gabriella Bowe/Kahlei Reisinger (SBU) def. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) 6-3|
|2. Mishi Papich/Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Dominique Mortier/Nicole Kozinski (SBU) 6-4|
|3. Emilie Bush/Schuyler La Barge (BUCKNELL) def. Francesca Chin/Eleanor Gerhard (SBU) 6-1|
|St. Bonaventure 0-4|