HERSHEY, Pa. – Bucknell women’s tennis upped its winning streak to five straight matches and opened Patriot League play at 1-0 with a 4-2 win over Colgate at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday.

The Bison improved to 10-4 overall, while the Raiders dropped to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League.

“It was another thrilling match from start to finish,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said. “Both teams fought hard, and up until the last point it was anybody’s match.”

Madeline Melch continued to play well for Bucknell at the bottom of the lineup, winning for the fourth consecutive match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory on court six. She is 7-2 during the spring season.

Melch’s win put the Bison up 3-2, setting the stage for Cayla Koch to clinch the team victory just minutes later. The freshman came through in three sets, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 on court four. It was her third straight win as she improved to 7-6, including a 7-3 mark on court four.

“Cayla was down a set and behind 5-2 before bringing it all the way back to a tiebreaker,” Helt said. “Her poise and fight were incredible as she won the tiebreaker and split sets.”

Paige Leavy posted the first singles win of the day for the Bison, doing so with ease by 6-4, 6-2 scores on court two. She upped her record to 9-5.

The doubles point was a breeze for the Bison as they posted a pair of quick wins. Leavy and Lisa Jouravleva were 6-1 victors on court one, while Mishi Papich and Sofia Ayuso shut out their opponents on court three.

Papich and Ayuso are unbeaten at 5-0 this spring. Leavy and Jouravleva are an impressive 11-3.

“I was happy with the way we came out in doubles playing our game,” Helt said. “It took 18 minutes to put the first point in the board.”

The Bison will face a challenging task to keep the winning streak alive as they will travel to take on Villanova on Tuesday.

Bucknell 4, Colgate 2
3/25/18 at Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Racquet Club) 

Singles competition
1. Mackenzie Deeter (COLGATE) def. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-2
2. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Lauren O'Brien (COLGATE) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jordan Williams (COLGATE) def. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Kelly Klein (COLGATE) 1-6, 7-6, 6-3
5. Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) vs. Cheyenne Brown (COLGATE) 7-6, 1-1, unfinished
6. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Elinor Simek (COLGATE) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Mackenzie Deeter/Jordan Williams (COLGATE) 6-1
2. Cayla Koch/Emilie Bush (BUCKNELL) vs. Kelly Klein/Cheyenne Brown (COLGATE) 4-2, unfinished
3. Sofia Ayuso/Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Stephanie Fuentes/Lauren O'Brien (COLGATE) 6-0