EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Bucknell women’s tennis team claimed the doubles point and five of the six singles matches contested on Thursday afternoon, lifting the team to a 6-1 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on the MSM Tennis Courts. Four Bison went 2-0 on the day, lifting the squad, which is 1-0 in Patriot League play, to a 3-4 overall record. The Mount dropped to 7-8 on the season with the defeat.
“It was another cold match with difficult wind conditions,” said head women’s tennis coach Rebecca Helt, “but the players were smart and patient. The played Mount St. Mary’s tough, and I was especially proud of our doubles play today. Lydia claimed the fourth point for us for the second straight match, clinching the win with her victory at No. 3 singles. ”
Bucknell took wins in all three doubles matches, handily grabbing the doubles point from Mount St. Mary’s. Senior Elena Vidrascu and sophomore Maria Cioffi combined for an 8-3 victory over Kelly Smith and Jennifer Smith at the No. 1 spot, while the second pair of junior Lydia Colvin and freshman Michele Urbinati defeated Liz Rossi and Samantha Pinchoff by a score of 8-2. Sophomore Stephanie Pino and junior Alyssa McAndrew concluded the trio of victories with an 8-3 win over Erin Benefiel and Taylor D’Agostino at No. 3 doubles.
The Bison continued their dominance in singles play, with the Mount earning just one win in the No. 1 match. Cioffi defeated Rossi 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Colvin also earned her second victory of the day, battling to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win at the third spot. Urbinati and Pino were victorious at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, while freshman Jorie Fox took a 6-3, 6-2 win over Danielle Nguyen in the sixth match.
The Bison, who earned a 5-2 win over Loyola in their conference opener, will play at Villanova at 1 p.m. on Saturday before resuming Patriot League play on Sunday. Bucknell will host Navy in a 12 p.m. match on the Bucknell Tennis Courts.
1. Elena Vidrascu/Maria Cioffi (B) def. Kelly Smith/Jennifer Smith (MSM), 8-3
2. Lydia Colvin/Michele Urbinati (B) def. Liz Rossi/Samantha Pinchoff (MSM), 8-2
3. Stephanie Pino/Alyssa McAndrew (B) def. Erin Benefiel/Taylor D’Agostino (MSM), 8-3
1. Samantha Pinchoff (MSM) def. Elena Vidrascu (B), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. Maria Cioffi (B) def. Liz Rossi (MSM), 6-2, 6-1
3. Lydia Colvin (B) def. Kelly Smith (MSM), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
4. Michele Urbinati (B) def. Taylor D’Agostino (MSM), 6-2, 6-1
5. Stephanie Pino (B) def. Erin Benefiel (MSM), 6-3, 6-2
6. Jorie Fox (B) def. Danielle Nguyen (MSM), 6-3, 6-2