NEWARK, N.J. – Colin Sacco and Max Garramone each went 2-1 in singles to highlight the weekend for Bucknell men’s tennis as it competed at the two-day NJIT Winter Invitational. The Bison were joined at the event by the host Highlanders, Monmouth, and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Sacco upped the team’s best singles record to 9-3 overall and 2-2 during the spring season. He beat a pair of Fairleigh Dickinson players, besting Moric Budinsky 6-3, 6-4, and Miki Nobuzawa 7-6. 2-6, 10-5. Both opponents came from overseas to play collegiately in the U.S., with Budinsky hailing from Hungary and Nobuzawa from New Zealand.
Garramone also has a winning record at 7-6 overall and is 2-2 this spring. He posted a solid 6-1, 6-2 victory over Monmouth’s Ole Gettler. The Hawks have won back-to-back MAAC titles to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two years. Garramone also had a three-set win over NJIT’s George Svensson, 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.
Bucknell picked up two wins over Monmouth players in singles, as Daniel Wright outlasted Max Benaim, 6-2, 4-6, 13-11.
The Bison also had two doubles teams register 2-1 records at the event. Timber Erskine and Kane evened their overall record at 4-4, beating NJIT’s Richard Rangga and Pablo Arrutia, 7-6, and Monmouth’s Sergio Martinez and Will Wharton, 6-4.
Wright and Ben Gerber now have a team-leading five wins in doubles after topping NJIT’s Tomi Antoljak and Abdullah Osman, 7-6, and Fairleigh Dickinson’s Moric Budinsky and William Bourne, 6-2.
Teaming up for the first time during their collegiate careers, Drew Krantz and Sacco beat Fairleigh Dickinson’s Maciej Autuch and Nobuzawa, 6-1.
“We really played our best tennis of the entire year,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “I’m happy with how we competed, and there was a marked improvement in our level of fitness. We’re excited to move forward into our non-conference schedule.”
The Bison will play La Salle at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday.