HERSHEY, Pa. – Bucknell’s men’s tennis put one in the win column and did so in dominant fashion with a 6-1 win over La Salle on Saturday evening at the Hershey Racquet Club. The Bison won five of six singles matches and all three doubles contests to improve to 1-6 on the season. La Salle dropped to 2-4 overall.
All five of Bucknell’s singles wins came in straight sets, with the most lopsided victory being posted by senior Bryan Adams on court six. He beat Braden Ward 6-2, 6-2 to record his first win of the spring. The former Patriot League Doubles Player of the Year also had a win in doubles, teaming with junior Timber Erskine for a 6-1 triumph on court three.
Sophomore Andrei Vitiuc jumped up to No. 2 singles for just the second time in his career, but had little trouble with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Brian Balico. Vitiuc evened his record at 2-2 this spring.
Junior Max Kane continued to be one of Bucknell’s most consistent players with a tough 7-5, 6-3 victory on court five. He leads the Bison in wins during the 2016-17 season, improving to 11-4 overall and 4-2 during the spring.
Kane and Vitiuc teamed up for Bucknell’s other doubles win, a 6-4 victory on court two.
“It was a really solid effort tonight from start to finish against a much-improved La Salle team,” said Bruce Myers, who picked up his first dual win as Bucknell’s head coach. “It’s great to see marked improvement from our first five matches to the last two. I’m glad to see the men are buying into the program and not letting the crazy schedule have any negative impact on their performance. Playing back-to-back days and traveling three hours round trip to play home matches really shows me how much this team cares.”
Bucknell plays James Madison on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 12. Both matches will be played on the campus of Penn State.