Setting the Scene
(Saturday, Feb. 18 – 10 a.m.)
What: Bucknell (2-1) at St. Bonaventure (2-6)
Where: St. Bonaventure Fitness Center (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.)
(Sunday, Feb. 19 – 11 a.m.)
What: Bucknell (2-1) at Niagara (1-4)
Where: Williamsville, N.Y.
About the Bison
• Bucknell is 2-1 with wins over La Salle and Binghamton and a loss to Wagner. The Bison nearly started 3-0, but came up just one point short in a 4-3 loss to the Seahawks.
• The matches against Binghamton and Wagner were both last weekend. The Bison beat the Bearcats 5-2.
• Junior Madeline Melch and sophomore Lauren Fishbein each went 2-0 in singles last weekend. Junior Lisa Jouravelva and sophomore Mishi Papich had wins against Binghamton, while senior Melissa Parks had a victory against Wagner.
• Melch is a perfect 3-0 during the spring, and Jouravleva is 2-0.
• Fishbein and senior Michele Urbinati are 2-0 in doubles this spring.
Scouting St. Bonaventure
• St. Bonaventure is 2-6 overall after a 6-1 win over Division II Slippery Rock in its most recent match. Prior to that the Bonnies had lost three straight to Buffalo, Akron, and Duquesne.
• Dominique Mortier has the Bonnies’ best singles record at 5-5. She is 3-3 at No. 4 singles.
• The Bonnies went 5-14 last year and lost to Richmond in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championships.
Series History with St. Bonaventure
• Bucknell is 11-3 all-time against St. Bonaventure.
• The teams first played in 2000.
• The Bison beat the Bonnies 6-1 last season. Lisa Jouravleva, Lauren Fishbein, and Mishi Papich had wins in singles.
• Niagara is 1-4 with four-straight losses to Youngstown State, Akron, Detroit, and Cleveland State.
• Stella Peisakhova has the Purple Eagles’ best singles record at 5-7. She is 1-2 at No. 1 singles.
• The Purples Eagles went 9-12 last year and lost to Quinnipiac in the MAAC semifinals.
• Bucknell will play Marist in Quakertown on Friday, Feb. 24.