LEWISBURG, Pa. – After a busy week on the road, the Bucknell women’s tennis team will return to Lewisburg this weekend for two Patriot League contests on the Bucknell Tennis Courts. The Bison, who defeated Villanova on Tuesday before falling to Towson on Wednesday, will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday with a 9 a.m. match against Colgate and will play their last home contest of the season on Monday afternoon, welcoming Lehigh for a 3 p.m. showdown. In addition to the busy weekend of Patriot League play, the tennis program will be welcoming back many former greats for Alumni Weekend, with events scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Bucknell enters the weekend with a 4-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Patriot League play, with its most recent win coming in the form of a 7-0 triumph over Villanova on Tuesday. The Bison were also victorious in their conference opener, taking a 5-2 win over Loyola on March 22, but fell to Navy by a point on March 30.
The Bison are led by senior Elena Vidrascu and sophomore Maria Cioffi, who have combined for a 4-3 record at the top doubles spot but have also seen considerable success in singles play. Vidrascu, who ranks ninth in program history with 111 all-time victories, has earned four wins at the No. 1 singles spot, while Cioffi has compiled a team-best 15-6 record this season, including a 7-2 mark at No. 2 singles, and is the midst of a five-game winning streak. The sophomore is also undefeated in conference singles matches, and will look to continue both of those trends with two more victories this weekend.
Colgate comes to Lewisburg with a 5-9 overall record, but the Raiders have lost both of their conference matches, falling 7-0 to Army and 6-1 to Navy. The Bison, who trail the Raiders 20-16 in the all-time series between the two squads, were victorious when they met in Hamilton, N.Y., last season, escaping with a 4-3 victory. Bucknell took the doubles point in that match, with Cioffi and Vidrascu earning an 8-2 win at the top spot, and clinched the team triumph with three singles wins. Vidrascu, Cioffi and sophomore Stephanie Pino played to victory at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
After taking Sunday off, the Bison will be back in action against the Mountain Hawks, who are currently 5-8 overall, on Monday afternoon. Lehigh has played just one Patriot League match, falling to Army by a score of 5-2 on March 28. Bucknell holds a one-match advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, pulling ahead 24-23 with a 5-2 win in Bethlehem, Pa., last season. The Bison also took the doubles point in that match, winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, while Cioffi, junior Lydia Colvin, junior Christie Schneider and Pino all took victories in singles play.
After this weekend, the Bison will play at Army on April 12 and at Lafayette on April 13 to conclude their Patriot League regular season. Bucknell is also set to host the women’s tennis Patriot League Tournament this year, with action scheduled to begin on the Bucknell Tennis Courts on Thursday, April 17 and conclude on Sunday, April 20.