MERION STATION, Pa. – Freshman Jill Auteri’s winning streak to open her career came to an end, but not before the championship match of her second tournament. Auteri was the runner-up in Flight 4 singles as Bucknell women’s tennis wrapped up play at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational on Sunday.
Auteri went 3-0 to win the Bucknell Fall Invite and added one win in the quarterfinal round at Saint Joseph’s. She received a walkover in the semifinal round due to an injury suffered by her opponent, and lost her first match of her career in the finals. Her first defeat came to Drexel’s Fiorella Coria, 6-2, 6-3.
Freshman Paige Leavy also saw her unbeaten start to her career come to an end. She won four matches while taking first at the Bucknell Fall Invitational, and won her first two matches to advance to the semifinals at Saint Joseph’s. Her first loss came in heartbreaking fashion to eventual champion Kamilla Beisenova, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 11-9.
Sophomores Mishi Papich and Danielle Gannon also lost in the semifinals on Sunday. Papich fell to Drexel’s Clary Rodriguez Cruz 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 in Flight 3, while Gannon lost to Coria, 6-2, 6-2 on Flight 4.
“I thought we played some of the best tennis we could play,” said Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt.” The competition was very strong, and I was pleased with the way we competed.”
The Bison return to action when they travel to compete in the Lehigh Invitational on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.