LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell women’s tennis received singles wins at the top two spots in the lineup, but fell to Villanova in a home match Tuesday at the Varsity Tennis Courts.
Lisa Jouravleva improved to 8-1 overall this spring and 3-1 on court one with an easy straight-sets win over Lindsey Evans, 6-2, 6-3. The Bison junior is a perfect 5-0 against non-conference opponents this season.
Lauren Fishbein needed three sets, but posted a solid 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over Victoria Martinez on court two. The sophomore upped her record to 10-6 this spring, including a 7-4 record at the No. 2 spot.
The Bucknell duo turned the tables on the two Villanova players, which each posted victories against the Bison last season. Martinez defeated Jouravleva, while Evans defeated Fishbein.
Mishi Papich was in an exciting match with Linley Busby on court six, but it went unfinished. Papich took the first set 6-4, Busby took the second 6-4, and the two were tied 2-2 in the third set.
Bucknell still has a winning record on the season at 10-9 overall, while Villanova improved to 7-15.
“It would have been great to get this win today, but it was good to finally see us back in fighting form,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. “We have been struggling with our execution and performance in matches, and today I thought we looked more like the team I know we can be. If we can build on the positive energy and solid execution from today, I'm hoping to end the season on a high note.”
The Bison host Army West Point on Saturday at 11 a.m., and then close the regular season with a home match against IUP on Tuesday.
Villanova 4, Bucknell 2
4/18/2017 at Lewisburg, Pa. (Varsity Courts)
|1. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) def. Lindsey Evans (VU) 6-2, 6-3|
|2. Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) def. Victoria Martinez (VU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6|
|3. Kaylan Rotman (VU) def. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) 7-5, 7-6|
|4. Carina Burdick (VU) def. Jill Auteri (BUCKNELL) 7-6, 6-3|
|5. Alexandra Krogius (VU) def. Emilie Bush (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2|
|6. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) vs. Linley Busby (VU) 6-4, 4-6, 2-2, unfinished|
|1. Lindsey Evans/Victoria Martinez (VU) def. Lisa Jouravleva/Emilie Bush (BUCKNELL) 6-2|
|2. Linley Busby/Kaylan Rotman (VU) def. Madeline Melch/Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) 6-2|
|3. Mishi Papich/Jill Auteri (BUCKNELL) vs. Carina Burdick/Sydney King (VU) 4-4, unfinished|