LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s tennis team opened the season by hosting the Bucknell Fall Invite on Friday and went unbeaten in singles on the first of three days of competition. Eight Bison players won their first round matches to advance to the quarterfinal round.
“To go undefeated in singles on the first day of our fall season is just an outstanding feeling,” said Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt. “We had to shake off a little rust and some early nerves, but the best part of the day was watching everyone battle for the win.”
A pair of Bucknell players won their opening match in Flight 1. Sophomore Lauren Fishbein’s match went down to the wire as she won the first set 6-4 and then dropped the second 6-4. She took the tiebreaker 11-9 to record the victory over Laura Gutierrez, the top-ranked 18-year old player in Colombia before she began playing at Saint Francis this fall. On the other side of the bracket, senior Michele Urbinati cruised to a straight-sets win over Loyola’s Ania Krawiec.
The Bison had three players advance in Flight 2, including junior Emilie Bush, who had a thrilling 7-5, 5-7, (11-9) win over IUP’s Raquel Gonzalez. Senior Melissa Parks was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Villanova's Aphrah Brokaw on the same side of the bracket, while sophomore Mishi Papich topped Brittany Poje from Mount St. Mary’s 3-6, 6-4, (10-3) on the other side.
In Flight 3 singles it was freshman Paige Leavy and sophomore Danielle Gannon advancing with victories. Leavy won her first career match by a 6-4, 6-2 score over Hannah Davis from Mount St. Mary’s, while Gannon was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Villanova’s Connor Brewer.
Freshman Jill Auteri also posted a win in her first career match for the Bison. She rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Emma Blake (Mount St. Mary’s.
In doubles action, Gannon and Auteri teamed up for an 8-3 win in Flight 2, while Fishbein and Urbinati advanced with a bye in Flight 1.