CAMP HILL, Pa. – The match came down to the a third-set tiebreaker, but Bucknell came up just short in a 4-3 loss to Cleveland State on Friday at the Camp Hill Tennis Club. The Bison won three of the six singles matches, but the doubles point proved to be the difference.
“It came down to winning the big points, and we won less than 30 percent of the game points,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “Instead of play to win, we are playing not to lose.”
Cleveland State, which improved to 2-1, picked up the doubles point with wins on all three courts. They the won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Bucknell stormed back with the next three singles victories. Junior Max Kane got things rolling with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Benjamin Slade on court four. He improved to 10-4 overall and 3-2 during the spring.
Sophomore Andrei Vitiuc followed Kane with a big win on court three. He dropped the first set to William Malm 6-3, but was dominant in the next two, winning 6-0, 6-1.
Junior Ben Gerber put the Bison in a solid position, tying the match with a win on court five. He beat Jack Santilli in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Mirko Radosevic clinched the match with a thrilling three-set win on court six. Bucknell sophomore Max McDonald took the first set 6-4, but Radosevic won the second set 6-2 and came out on top with a 7-6 (7-2) win in set three.
Bucknell dropped to 0-6 on the season. The Bison will play La Salle at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“We have to have a short memory. We have 24 hours to get in the right mindset for an improved La Salle team,” Myers said.
Cleveland State 4, Bucknell 3
2/3/2017 at Camp Hill, Pa. (Camp Hill Tennis Club)
|1. Nico Mostardi (CSU) def. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-2|
|2. Colton Buffington (CSU) def. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4|
|3. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) def. William Malm (CSU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1|
|4. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) def. Benjamin Slade (CSU) 6-3, 7-5|
|5. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Jack Santilli (CSU) 6-3, 6-2|
|6. Mirko Radosevic (CSU) def. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)|
|1. Colton Buffington/Kevin Goth (CSU) def. Daniel Wright/Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) 7-6 (7-3)|
|2. Nico Mostardi/Andre Mick (CSU) def. Max Kane/Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 6-3|
|3. Mirko Radosevic/William Malm (CSU) def. Bryan Adams/Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) 6-3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (23,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)|