WEST POINT, N.Y. – Bucknell men’s tennis is off to a great start in Patriot League play, starting 2-0 with 4-0 shutout wins over Holy Cross and Lafayette on Saturday. Both matches were played at Army’s Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

The Bison improved to 5-15 overall and are one of just two teams with a 2-0 record in the conference. Holy Cross is 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the league, while Lafayette is 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

“It felt good to get into Patriot League play and even better to start 2-0,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “It shows how a challenging non-conference schedule really helps this team. What’s most impressive is everyone on the roster had a hand in both wins, which shows how much depth we have.”

Bucknell will play at Army West Point on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

“We will play Army at their amazing indoor center and it will give us a pretty good idea where we stand in the conference moving forward,” Myers said.

Bucknell 4, Holy Cross 0
Bucknell won all three doubles matches and didn’t drop a set while winning all three completed singles contests in a 4-0 win over Holy Cross.

Max McDonald and Colin Sacco bumped up in the lineup to post victories on courts one and two respectively. McDonald cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win, while Sacco rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win.

Max Garramone rounded out Bucknell’s singles winners, prevailing 6-0, 6-1 on court four.

The Bison won easily on all three doubles courts. Daniel Wright and Max Kane teamed up for a 6-1 decision on court one. McDonald and Andrei Vitiuc were 6-2 winners on court two, and Ben Gerber and Drew Krantz won by the same score on court three.

Bucknell 4, Lafayette 0
Just like in the first match of the day, Bucknell posted three easy doubles victories and again didn’t lose a set in three completed singles matches on its way to a 4-0 win over Lafayette.

Sacco won in singles for the second time on the day, doing so with 6-3, 6-2 scores on court four. He is 16-12 during the fall and spring seasons combined.

Adding team points in singles for the Bison were Kane with 6-0, 6-4 scores on court three and Drew Krantz with 6-0, 6-1 scores on court six.

In doubles, Ben Gerber and Wright doubled up their opponents 6-3 on court one. Winning 6-2 each were Vitiuc and McDonald on court two and Timber Erskine and Max Garramone on court three.