EASTON, Pa. – Bucknell women’s tennis won for the sixth time in the past seven matches and stayed unbeaten in league play with a 6-1 win over Lafayette on Wednesday at the Northwood Racquet Club.
The Bison improved to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference with wins over Colgate and Lafayette. The Leopards dropped to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in the league.
“It wasn’t our cleanest match in terms of errors, but we did a great job of sticking to our game plan today,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said.
Bucknell scored the first point with a sweep of the doubles matches, including yet another win by Sofia Ayuso and Mishi Papich. The duo remained undefeated this spring at 6-0 with a 6-2 victory on court three.
Emilie Bush and Cayla Koch recorded a 6-3 decision on court two to secure the doubles point for the Bison. Lisa Jouravleva and Paige Leavy finished off the sweep with a 7-6 score on court one as they improved to 12-4.
Bucknell won three of the first four singles matches to clinch the team victory. Jouravleva started things for the Bison with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court one.
Following a Lafayette win on court three, Leavy and Cayla Koch tallied back-to-back points for the winners. Koch cruised in her match, posting 6-1, 6-2 scores on court four, while Leavy clinched the match with a three-set win, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on court two.
Playing shortened matches after the team result was decided, Ayuso was an 8-2 winner on court five, and Madeline Melch prevailed 8-2 on court six.
Melch has won five consecutive matches to improve to 8-2 during the spring.
The Bison will travel to Baltimore to play a non-conference match against Morgan State on Friday at 4 p.m.
Bucknell 6, Lafayette 1
4/4/18 at Easton, Pa. (Northwood Racquet Club)
|1. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) def. Cecila Lesnick (LAF) 6-2, 6-1|
|2. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Samantha Snyder (LAF) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1|
|3. Grace Conrad (LAF) def. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) 6-5, 6-4|
|4. Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Alexa Cooke (LAF) 6-1, 6-2|
|5. Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) def. Meredith Block (LAF) 8-2|
|6. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Katie Hill (LAF) 8-2|
|1. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Cecila Lesnick/Samantha Snyder (LAF) 7-6|
|2. Emilie Bush/Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Grace Conrad/Meredith Block (LAF) 6-3|
|3. Mishi Papich/Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) def. Katie Hill/Ruth Wilson (LAF) 6-2|
|Lafayette 7-8 (1-3 PL)|
|Bucknell 11-5 (2-0 PL)|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)|