LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell men’s tennis won four titles as it wrapped up competition at the season-opening Bucknell Fall Invite on Sunday at the Varsity Courts. Senior Max Kane, sophomore Colin Sacco, and senior Timber Erskine all took first in singles flights, while Erskine teamed with freshman Drew Krantz for a title in doubles.
Kane won the third individual title of his career and his first in a top flight. After winning a pair of matches on Saturday, he added two more on Sunday. Kane may have shown what is to come for his final season with the Bison and the improvements he has made during his career, opening with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alex Dylan Foo-Kune (Saint Francis), a player he lost to in straight sets as a sophomore. The final match was a battle. After dropping the first set 6-1 to Hofstra’s Marcus Smith, he went on to win the second 6-4 and then prevailed with a thrilling 15-13 in the super tiebreaker set.
Kane's final two wins came against two solid players. Foo-Kune is a two-time All-NEC selection, while Smith was a Second Team All-CAA honoree in 2016.
Sacco’s title came in Flight 3, where the sophomore went 4-0. He didn’t lose a set in the tournament, including a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Parth Sharma (Mount St. Mary’s) in the semifinals and a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bucknell freshman Max Garramone in the championship match. It was the first individual title of Sacco’s career.
Like Sacco, Erskine didn’t lose a set while going 3-0 on his way to a first-place finish in Flight 4. All three wins came against Patriot League opponents, including a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lafayette’s Paul Caruso in the semifinal and a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Loyola’s Charlie Shanker in the final.
“It was just a great weekend overall,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “I’m certainly very happy with the results and having semifinalists in every draw. We had great results by our freshman, Max Garramone, in his first collegiate action, Colin Sacco, who is healthy and returned to the court, and Timber Erskine, who is also healthy, winning his flights in singles and doubles. It was also great to see Max Kane come back against the Hofstra No. 1”
Erskine and Krantz went 3-0 to take first in the Flight 2 doubles bracket. They defeated their teammates, Sacco and junior Max McDonald in the final match. Bucknell’s Ben Gerber and Daniel Wright also took second, going 2-1 in Flight 1 doubles.
“Doubles, which was our Achilles heel last year, was a strength to start out our fall season,” Myers said. “I have a lot of things to work on with the players as we prepare to take on some of the best schools in the Midwest at the Purdue Invitational next weekend.”
The Purdue Invitational will be played on Sept. 15-17.