CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman Max Palmer picked up a win at No. 1 singles, but Bucknell dropped its match to Campbell 6-1 on Sunday. The match was the third of five on its three-day trip in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Bucknell fell to 0-3 with three losses to quality opponents, while Campbell improved to 1-0 with a win in its season opener.
Palmer’s win came in three sets over Campbell’s Nicolas Rakitin, a Second Team All-Big South selection last season. Palmer easily won the first set 6-2 before Rakitin evened the score with a 6-2 win in set two. Playing at No. 1 singles for the first time in his career, the Bison player prevailed with a 6-4 victory in the third set.
“It was a tough one today,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “We rested Daniel Wright and Bryan Adams in singles to try a new lineup. We are trying different lineups each match this opening weekend hoping the match experience for the entire team will help us as we get into the main part of the season.”
Campbell started the match by notching the doubles point, but the scores were close. Adams and junior Timber Erskine were beaten 6-4 on court two, while sophomores Max Haase and Andrei Vitiuc had a 6-4 setback on court three.
The Bison wrap up their season-opening trip with two matches Monday. They will stay in Chapel Hill for a match against UNCG at 9 a.m., and will then head to the campus of VCU to take on Richmond at 4 p.m.
Campbell 6, Bucknell 1
1/15/2017 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
|1. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) def. Nicolas Rakitin (CAMP) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4|
|2. Dustin Werner (CAMP) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-1|
|3. Lukas Schaefer (CAMP) def. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-3|
|4. Lorenz Schwab (CAMP) def. Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 7-5|
|5. Gerard Sola (CAMP) def. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-2|
|6. Fernando Clemente (CAMP) def. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) 7-5, 7-6 (6-4)|
|1. Lorenz Schwab/Dustin Werner (CAMP) def. Max Palmer/Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-3|
|2. Nicolas Rakitin/Lukas Schaefer (CAMP) def. Bryan Adams/Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) 6-4|
|3. Jonathan O'Neal/Gerard Sola (CAMP) def. Max Haase/Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-4|