LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell has at least one player in the semifinals of all four singles flights and at least one team in the final of both doubles flights after completing the second day of competition in the Bucknell Fall Invite on Saturday at the Varsity Courts.
The Bison have already guaranteed themselves one title by advancing two teams to the championship match in Flight 2 doubles. Timber Erskine and Drew Krantz won a pair of matches on Saturday and will take on their teammates Max McDonald and Colin Sacco, who won three contests on the day, in the final.
Daniel Wright and Ben Gerber will look to give Bucknell two doubles titles on the weekend when they play in the final round on Sunday. They posted easy wins over teams from Howard and Saint Francis in the first two rounds.
Wright was unbeaten on the day as he added a win in Flight 1 singles over Howard’s Cole Gittens to advance to the semifinal round. Max Kane is on the other side of the bracket and won matches over Hofstra’s Niko Vulinovich and Loyola’s Brian Hoffarth to put himself in the semifinals.
In Flight 2 singles, Max McDonald had a pair of come-from-behind victories to advance to the semifinal round. He dropped the first set 6-2 to Delaware’s Colin Wong before registering 6-2, 10-3 wins in the next two sets in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, he lost the first set 7-6 to Jackson Wood (Mount St. Mary’s) but bounced back again with scores of 6-4, (10-3). McDonald won four matches last season after falling behind by one set.
Bucknell has a player in the semifinals in both halves of the bracket in Flight 3 singles. Colin Sacco had wins over Howard’s Devaughn Blackburn and Hofstra’s David Schrott, while Max Garramone recorded victories over Matt Fitzmaurice (Loyola) and Jean Armstrong (Mount St. Mary’s).
Erskine received a bye in the opening round in Flight 4 singles and then topped Loyola’s Colin Kanuch 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
The Bucknell Fall Invite concludes on Sunday.