Bucknell Men's Tennis Battles Kentucky, Falls in First NCAA Championships Appearance
May 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Bucknell tennis' Gregg Cohenca (Purchase, N.Y./Rye Country Day School) and Evan Zimmer (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) put up a fight but could not pull off their biggest upset yet as they fell to Kentucky's Panav Jha and Eric Quigley 6-2, 6-0 in the Bison's first ever-appearance at the NCAA Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Thursday. The Bison duo finished their historic 2012 season ranked No. 62 in the country.
As the first individuals in program and Patriot League history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Cohenca and Zimmer faced a tough test in the No. 7 seed from Kentucky. The Wildcats got off on the right foot at the beginning of each set by holding serve, but the first set was quickly evened as Cohenca held serve. The Bison had been down 30-0 in the game before pushing it to deuce. Cohenca then secured the team's first point with an ace on game point.
Four games later, Cohenca found himself in a similar position coming from behind and taking the game to deuce. Kentucky was again unable to return the senior's serve, but by that point, Bucknell trailed 4-2. The Wildcats took the next two games for a 6-2 win in the first set.
With the end in sight and the chance to advance to the tournament's second round, Kentucky moved quickly through the deciding frame. Bucknell never claimed a point on the Wildcats' serve and managed just two points on its own with Zimmer serving in the fourth game. The remaining five games were decided at 40-0.
Kentucky will now move on to play the winner of doubles match between Mississippi and Cal Poly tomorrow.
The tandem of Cohenca and Zimmer close out their season with a 20-6 record when playing together in doubles. Cohenca graduates with a 26-12 overall doubles record this season and a 70-50 mark for his career. A Second Team All-Patriot League selection and the Bucknell record holder for single-season doubles wins this year, Zimmer ends his year at 31-7.