MERION STATION, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s tennis team opened play at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational on Friday, posting a 2-1 record in singles matches and a 3-1 mark in doubles.
Senior Daniel Wright and freshman Colin Sacco won their first round singles matches. Playing in Flight 1, Wright recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Villanova’s Luis Miranda to stay unbeaten at 4-0 on the season. He opened the year with three wins and a first-place finish at the Bucknell Fall Invite.
Sacco competed in Flight 2, where he edged Loyola’s Tyler Blessing 5-7, 6-2, (14-12). It was the first career singles win for Sacco, as he improved to 1-1 on the year.
Junior Timber Erskine received a bye in the first round of Flight 3. He will play Loyola’s Brett Shriver in the second round.
Wright teamed with sophomore Andre Vitiuc to win a pair of matches and advance to the quarterfinals in Flight 1 doubles. They rolled to an 8-3 win over Lafayette’s Blake Oslan and Drew Rooks in the first round, and topped Villanova’s William Elmore and Miranda in the second round.
Erskine and Sacco won their opening match in Flight 2, beating Villanova’s Dylan Flanagan and Jimmy Purdy 8-6. They lost a close match to Tristan Boustany and Valentijn van Erven (Saint Joseph’s) 8-6 in the quarterfinals.
The tournament will resume with singles play on Saturday morning.