BALTIMORE, Md. – The Bucknell women’s tennis team fell behind early but rallied for a 5-2 win over Morgan State on Friday at the MSU Tennis Courts. The Bison won all three singles matches that went three sets to help secure the victory.

The Bison improved to 12-5 overall with their seventh win in the past eight matches. The Bears, who had won four of their previous five matches, dipped to 5-11.

Bucknell fell behind 2-0 after dropping two of three doubles matches and the first singles match on court one, but quickly tied it with two easy wins by Paige Leavy and Cayla Koch. Leavy was a 6-4, 6-2 winner on court two, while Koch followed with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph on court four.

The match could have gone either way from there as the remaining courts all went three sets. Mishi Papich gave Bucknell its first lead with her come-from-behind win on court three. She lost the first set 6-3, but took each of the final two sets by 6-4 scores.

Madeline Melch clinched the team win with her sixth straight victory, beating her opponent on court six, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Melch improved to 9-2 this season.

Sofia Ayuso also kept her winning streak intact, upping it to five with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory on court five. She improved to 9-1.

“We really had to dig down and find a way to win ugly today,” Bucknell head coach Rebecca Helt said.  “Those final three matches were just battles of who could handle the windy conditions better. I was proud of the fight we showed in all three of the third sets.”

Despite not getting the doubles point, Bucknell had its court three doubles team of Ayuso and Papich stay unbeaten this spring. The duo improved to 8-0 with a 6-4 win.

Bucknell 5, Morgan State 2
4/7/18 at Baltimore, Md. (MSU Tennis Courts) 

Singles competition
1. Danielle Thompson (MSU) def. Lisa Jouravleva (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-0
2. Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) def. Alexus Gill (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Peggy Rooke (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) def. Dana Santiago (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Sofia Ayuso (BUCKNELL) def. Oriane Yehouenou (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. Madeline Melch (BUCKNELL) def. Asmara Faluke (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Danielle Thompson/Peggy Rooke (MSU) def. Lisa Jouravleva/Paige Leavy (BUCKNELL) 6-4
2. Alexus Gill/Asmara Faluke (MSU) def. Emilie Bush/Cayla Koch (BUCKNELL) 6-3
3. Sofia Ayuso/Mishi Papich (BUCKNELL) def. Dana Santiago/Oriane Yehouenou (MSU) 6-4