Strong opening weekend for Bison men’s tennis

Lea Tarzy, Contributing Writer

This past weekend, the Bison men’s tennis team hosted the Bucknell Invitational. The competition was intended to continue through Sunday. However, due to the weather, the remainder of the tournament was canceled.

Junior Nick Mueller competed in the number one singles flight. Mueller went on to the final with a pair of wins and picked up straight-set wins over two opponents from Niagara. During the first set of his semifinal match, Ryan Jurist ’22 unfortunately had to take himself out due to injury. Sophomore Tim Zelikovsky won his first-round match on Friday. Zelikovsky later lost, but bounced back to triumph in a three-set match in the consolation bracket. The scores were 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 with Zelikovsky coming out on top. Another Bison athlete Michael Owen ’23 handily won the first singles consolation match 6-2, 6-1 against Lafayette.

On Saturday, first-year Nicolas Grunig ’25 competed in the number two singles division. He triumphed in a three-set win against Saint Francis (4-6, 6-2, 10-6). He was supposed to go up against Niagara on Sunday.

In the first doubles flight, Zelikosky and Mueller lost in the semifinals. They were intended to play for third place on Sunday before the rain cancellation.

“The Bucknell fall invitational was a great way to start our season. I know I didn’t perform to the best of my abilities this past week, but we’re looking forward to the upcoming fall tournaments, as well as the conditioning and training we’re all undergoing to ensure we dominate the spring season and come out with a Patriot league title,” Tim Zelikovsky said.

The Bison will look to build upon the success of this competition as they travel to Bloomsburg for the Bloomsburg Invitational next weekend. 

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