HERSHEY, Pa. – Bucknell men’s tennis picked up its first win of the spring with a 5-2 victory over La Salle on Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club. The Bison improved to 1-2 overall despite playing without their usual No. 1 player, Daniel Wright.

With Wright out due to being sick, multiple players moved up in the lineup to get wins, including Max McDonald. The junior played on court two for the first time in his career and came through in convincing fashion, 6-0, 6-1.

Thanks to opening with a sweep in doubles, McDonald’s match put Bucknell up 2-0. Ben Gerber finished next on court three, putting the Bison up 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 win.

La Salle mounted a comeback attempt with points in the next two completed matches, but Colin Sacco put an end to that by clinching the win for the Bison with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court five. Max Garramone finished shortly after with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph on court six.

Bucknell dominated the doubles competition. Drew Krantz and Gerber shut out their opponents on court two, while Sacco and Adrien Crastes did the same to their foes on court three. Max Kane and Timber Erskine doubled up their opponents 6-3 on court one.

“With Wright out, it was nice to see us get contributions from the entire lineup,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “It was a great effort by all three freshmen and strong back of the lineup in singles. We have some things to work on before we play Miami next Sunday, but a good week of practice will help with some adjustments.”

Bucknell’s match against the Hurricanes is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Bucknell 5, La Salle 2
2/3/2018 at Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Racquet Club) 

Singles competition
1. Francesco Mowrey (LASALLE) def. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 7-6
2. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) def. Tomas Christian (LASALLE) 6-0, 6-1
3. Rogelio Gonzalez (LASALLE) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-1
4. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Connor Merrill (LASALLE) 6-1, 7-5
5. Colin Sacco (BUCKNELL) def. Colin Lucius (LASALLE) 6-4, 6-2
6. Max Garramone (BUCKNELL) def. Joe Diorio (LASALLE) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Max Kane/Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) def. Francesco Mowrey/Tomas Christian (LASALLE) 6-3
2. Drew Krantz/Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Rogelio Gonzalez/Connor Merrill (LASALLE) 6-0
3. Colin Sacco/Adrien Crastes (BUCKNELL) def. Colin Lucius/Andrija Bozovic (LASALLE) 6-0
Match Notes
La Salle 0-3
Bucknell 1-2
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (2,4,3,1,5,6)