BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Bucknell women’s tennis is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2006 following a 5-2 win at Binghamton on Saturday. The Bison have out-scored their opponents 12-2 this season, including a shutout of La Salle in the season opener.

“This was a good one for us this early in the season,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. “We have a few line-up positions to figure out, but everyone seems to be playing well right now. I like that we are being aggressive and now we need to work on being a little more consistent while staying aggressive.”

With the Bison leading 3-1, sophomore Mishi Papich clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles. She improved to 7-4 while competing in singles for the first time this spring.

Sophomore Lauren Fishbein made her return to the lineup and didn’t miss a beat, outlasting Samara Eisenberg in three sets at No. 3 singles. She eked out a 7-6 win in the first set, dropped the second 6-4, and came through with a 6-4 victory in set three. Junior Lisa Jouravleva also won her match in three sets, improving to 2-0 with scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 on court two.

Junior Madeline Melch was a 6-2, 6-1 winner on court five.

Bucknell took two of three doubles matches to pick up the first point. Senior Michele Urbinati and Fishbein were 6-3 winners on court one, while Jouravleva and Leavy won by the same score on court two.

The Bison will take on Wagner at the Northwood Racquet Club in Easton, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. The match is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.


Bucknell 5, Binghamton 2
2/11/2017 at Binghamton, N.Y. (Binghamton Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Annie Dimuro (BING) def. Michele Urbinati (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-1
2. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) def. Rebecca Dellaway (BING) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) def. Samara Eisenberg (BING) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
4. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) def. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-3
5. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Allison Roma (BING) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Michele Urbinati/Lauren Fishbein (BUCKNELL) def. Annie Dimuro/Samara Eisenberg (BING) 6-3
2. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Olga Ostrovetsky/Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-3
3. Rebecca Dellaway/Allison Roma (BING) def. Emilie Bush/Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) 6-1


Match Notes
Bucknell 2-0