LA JOLLA, Calif. – Sophomore Andrei Vitiuc won in three sets to clinch an exciting 4-3 win for Bucknell men’s tennis at UC San Diego, the 14th-ranked team in the nation in Division II, on Sunday.
Bucknell, which improved to 3-11 overall, is 1-1 on its California trip. The Bison dropped the doubles point, but won four singles matches, including the final three in the order they were completed.
Max McDonald notched the first point for Bucknell, winning 6-1, 6-4 on court four. The Tritons responded with the next two points to take a 3-1 lead.
Facing defeat, the Bison rallied for three straight singles wins to take down the nationally-ranked team. Ben Gerber got the ball rolling with a come-from-behind victory on court five, beating Rodrigo Amaral 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Daniel Wright followed Gerber by posting the biggest win of the day for the Bison while competing on court one. He won a nailbiter with No. 36 Eric Tseng 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 to tie the match.
That set the stage for Vitiuc, who came through with a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3 win on court two. That gave the Bison the victory in the first ever meeting with UC San Diego.
The Tritons fell to 7-6 overall. They have a win over a Division I opponent this season, beating Villanova 4-3.
“I can’t say enough how proud I am of the team and how they competed today,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “Playing in foggy conditions and losing the doubles point against a nationally-ranked team, they fought for every point. My first real glimpse this season of how talented our team really is when they are focused and prepared. I am excited for the rest of break with some tough matches and three days of solid training.”
Bucknell has two matches on Monday. The Bison will play at UC Riverside at noon (EST) and at Point Loma Nazarene at 6 p.m. (EST).
Bucknell 4, UC San Diego 3
3/12/2017 at La Jolla, Calif. (Northview Courts)
|1. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) def. Eric Tseng (UCSD) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4|
|2. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) def. Justin Zhang (UCSD) 7-6, 5-7, 6-3|
|3. Marc Isaia (UCSD) def. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-4|
|4. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) def. Marius Ruh (UCSD) 6-1, 6-4|
|5. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) def. Rodrigo Amaral (UCSD) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|6. S. Manoharan (UCSD) def. Colin Sacco (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 6-3|
|1. Eric Tseng/Justin Zhang (UCSD) def. Bryan Adams/Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 7-5|
|2. Ben Gerber/Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) def. Rodrigo Amaral/S. Manoharan (UCSD) 6-4|
|3. Richard Han/Marc Isaia (UCSD) def. Max Kane/Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) 6-3|
|UC San Diego 7-6|