The Bison blank Niagara and fall to Buffalo

Alivia Handson, Contributing Writer

At the Village Glen Tennis Courts, the Bison shut out Niagara 7-0. This is the Orange and Blue’s second win this season. The Bison blanked St. Bonaventure in 2020 and Wagner and La Salle in 2020.

Captain Daniela Bellini ’22 was a major contributor to the team’s success, earning a 6-4,6-3 victory over her opponent, a 2021 All-MAAC performer, at first singles. Another All-MAAC honoree fell to Bison Tyne Miller ’24 at third singles by a 6-1, 6-1 score.

Rookie Whitney King ’25 won second singles with a margin of 6-3, 6-2 which added to her 10-1 record. Anna Lajos ’25 remained unbeaten, with a 7-0 record. Lajos was victorious this weekend in the fifth singles 6-2, 6-2.

Laurel Utterback ’24 was the fourth singles winner with a 6-2, 6-0 margin over her opponent. Madi Sebulsky ’24 had a difficult triumph at sixth singles. Sebulsky sealed the shutout with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 win. 

The Orange and Blue were locked in for the doubles point with three wins. At first doubles, Bellini and King moved to 10-1. At second doubles, Miller and Utterback solidified a 6-4 victory while Lajos and Kate Novak ’24 triumphed the third doubles with a 7-6.

The Bison’s impressive showing at Niagara was unfortunately followed by a loss against undefeated Buffalo, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls triumphed in five of six singles matches to maintain their clean sheet. This resulted in Lajos’s first loss and King’s second loss of the season. Utterback was triumphant in the fourth singles with scores of 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Despite the loss in the singles, the Bison were winners of all three doubles matches. At first doubles, Bellini and King moved to an 11-1 of the year record after a 6-3 win over two All-MAC honoree opponents. The second and third doubles both earned 7-5 results.

The Bison will be back in action this weekend as they travel to the tristate area for a pair of games. First, they will take on Seton Hall on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. They will then take on Marist at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 13. 

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