HERSHEY, Pa. – Bucknell was shorthanded but that didn’t stop it from rolling to a 6-1 win over Siena in a non-conference men’s tennis match at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday.
“We were down three seniors today, but the younger guys really stepped up and played well,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said.
The lone senior that did play singles for the Bison – Daniel Wright – helped lead the charge with an easy 8-1 win on court one. Wright has won back-to-back matches.
Junior Andrei Vitiuc also played a shortened match due to time constraints, but his went down to the wire. He prevailed 8-6 on court two for his first victory of the spring.
Junior Max McDonald gave the Bison wins in the top three spots with his victory on court three. He rolled in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
A pair of freshmen came through with clutch three-set wins at the bottom of the lineup. Max Garramone won 6-2, 4-6, 10-2 on court five, while Adrien Crastes battled back from a first-set loss in a 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory on court six.
Despite shifted pairings, Bucknell swept the three doubles matches. Two teams – Wight/Garramone and Max Kane/Drew Krantz – played together for the first time this spring and picked up wins on courts one and three, respectively. Vitiuc and McDonald cruised to a 6-2 decision on court two.
Bucknell improved to 2-8, while Siena dropped to 3-7.
The Bison will play their first Patriot League match of the season when they take on Colgate on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Hershey Racquet Club.