LEWISBURG, Pa. – Eight Bucknell women’s tennis players advanced to the quarterfinal round in singles play as the Bison opened the 2017 fall season by hosting the Bucknell Fall Invite on Friday at the Varsity Courts. Additionally, the Bison had four doubles teams advance to the quarterfinal round on the first of three days of competition.

The Bison had two players advance to the quarterfinals on opposite sides of the bracket in Flight 1 singles. Freshman Cayla Koch came through with a win in her collegiate debut, beating IUP’s Louise von Agris 6-0, 6-3. Senior Lisa Jouravleva received a bye in the first round and will take on Lafayette’s Grace Conrad in her first match of the tournament.

Bucknell put itself in great position to have a player advance to the final in Flight 2, advancing all three of its players on the opening day. On the top half of the bracket, freshman Schuyler La Barge started her collegiate career with a 3-6, 6-1, (10-5) win over Lafayette’s Alexa Cooke. On the bottom half, junior Mishi Papich was a 6-2, 4-6, (10-8) winner over Loyola’s Alexandria Agee, and senior Madeline Melch bested Lafayette’s Meredith Block 6-1, 6-1.

Freshman Rachel Carroll, junior Danielle Gannon, and senior Emilie Bush won their opening matches in Flight 3. Carroll gave the Bison three players that won in their collegiate debut with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Lafayette’s Ruth Wilson, while Gannon was a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Megan Smith (Mount St. Mary’s). Bush won easy, 6-1, 6-1 over Lafayette’s Katie Hill.

Bucknell only had two doubles matches played on the day and one won of them. Papich and sophomore Paige Leavy teamed up for a 6-4 win in Flight 1. Jouravleva and Koch received a bye in the same bracket. Receiving byes in Flight 2 were the teams of Gannon/Jill Auteri and Melch/Allie Lane.