UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Bucknell junior Daniel Wright registered a big win at No. 1 singles, but the Bison lost to James Madison 6-1 in a non-conference neutral-site match at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center.

Wright improved to 8-9 with his first win of the spring, beating Theophile Lanthiez 6-1, 6-2. Lanthiez is in his first season with the Dukes after transferring from Old Dominion, which was a top-50 ranked team during his time there.

Wright upped his career singles record to 55-35, moving into a tie for 10th on Bucknell’s all-time wins list.

The doubles point went down to the wire after senior Bryan Adams and junior Timber Erskine evened the score with a 6-3 victory on court two. Junior Ben Gerber and Wright battled tough on court two, but James Madison secured the point with a 7-6 (2) win.

“We had a good opportunity to really pounce on a much-improved James Madison team, but losing the doubles point in a tiebreaker seemed to kill our momentum,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “Kudos to Dan Wright, who played his best match of the spring.”

James Madison improved to 3-2 overall with its second consecutive victory, while Bucknell dropped to 1-7. The Bison will face another challenging opponent when they play at Penn State on Sunday at 5 p.m.


James Madison 6, Bucknell 1
2/11/2017 at University Park, Pa. (Penn State Indoor Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) def. Theophile Lanthiez (JMU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sebastian Salinas (JMU) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-2
3. Damon Roberts (JMU) def. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. Brett Moorhead (JMU) def. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 7-6 (10-8)
5. Paul Mendoza (JMU) def. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-3
6. Tate Steinour (JMU) def. Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Theophile Lanthiez/Paul Mendoza (JMU) def. Max Kane/Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 6-3
2. Sebastian Salinas/Tate Steinour (JMU) def. Ben Gerber/Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 7-6 (7-2)
3. Bryan Adams/Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) def. Miljan Ruzic/Alex Berdnikoff (JMU) 6-3


Match Notes
Bucknell 1-7
James Madison 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)