EASTON, Pa. – Bucknell women’s tennis was in a tough battle for a second consecutive day, but this time came up on the wrong end in a 4-3 loss to Marist on Sunday at the Northwood Racquet Club. The loss came one day after the Bison won multiple three-set matches on its way to a 5-2 win at Saint Joseph’s.
"This was another tough loss, but it was a hard-fought battle," Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. "We need to keep working on finding that consistent level of play. Our performances right now are too up and down from day to day. Marist played very tough."
The Bison, who saw their record dip to 5-4, fell behind 1-0 after dropping two of the three doubles matches. Their one doubles win came from Lisa Jouravleva and Paige Leavy by a 6-0 score on court one. Jouravleva and Leavy improved to 7-2 this spring, all on court one, and ran their winning streak to three matches.
That doubles point would prove to be the difference as the teams split the six doubles matches, including 2-2 in matches that went three sets.
Bucknell was off to a great start in singles with wins in three of the first four completed matches. Mishi Papich started it with an easy 6-3, 6-1 victory on court three.
Following a Marist win on court two, the Bison took the next two matches. Jouravleva finished first, beating Second Team All-MAAC selection Chloe Lant, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, on court one. Freshman Cayla Koch followed that with a 6-4, 6-0 decision on court four.
The Red Foxes prevailed on court six, so the team result came down to court five. Despite a losing effort, freshman Sofia Ayuso put up a great effort in a loss that was as a close as you can get. The players split the first two sets before playing a 10-point tiebreaker due to time constraints. Marist’s Sam Galu came out on top by an 11-9 score.
The Bison will play Siena on Friday and Colgate on Saturday. Both matches are at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Marist 4, Bucknell 3
2/25/2018 at Easton, Pa. (Northwood Racquet Club)
|1. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) def. Chloe Lant (MARIST) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2|
|2. Julia Gabay (MARIST) def. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-4|
|3. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Claire Schmitz (MARIST) 6-3, 6-4|
|4. Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Sophia Moeller (MARIST) 6-4, 6-0|
|5. Sam Galu (MARIST) def. Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) 2-6, 6-4, 11-9|
|6. Sophia Chavarria (MARIST) def. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6|
|1. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Chloe Lant/Sophia Moeller (MARIST) 6-0|
|2. Julia Gabay/Sam Galu (MARIST) def. Emilie Bush/Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) 6-2|
|3. Claire Schmitz/Elizabeth Brozovich (MARIST) def. Danielle Gannon/Jill Auteri (BUCKNELL) 6-3|