Bison Tennis enjoys successful weekend

Justin Schaumberger, Sports Co-Editor

The men’s and women’s tennis teams took to the courts this weekend, each playing a pair of matches. Both squads finished 1-1 on the weekend with victories with both teams coming against Saint Francis (PA). 

For the men, the victory over Saint Francis was their 3rd win in their past 4 dual meets. Harrison Gold ’24 and Tim Zelikovsky ’24 teamed up to capture the doubles point for the Bison with a 6-1 victory. Michael Owen ’23 and Nick Mueller ’23 won the number two doubles with a 6-4 victory. The Bison then swept the top 5 single’s courts with straight set victories. Gold won 6-2, 6-4 on court one to improve his spring record to 3-2. Mueller, Owen, Zelikovsky won on courts 2,3, and 4 respectively. Nicolas Grunig ’25 won at court 5 by scores of 7-5, 6-2. 

The women’s team was equally dominant in a 6-1 victory over Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday. The win was the team’s fifth straight victory and third by five or more points. Whitney King ’25 improved to 15-2 on the season with a three-set victory at second singles. Daniela Bellini ’22 defeated All-NEC honoree Dominique Yeo on first singles when Yeo retired while trailing 6-3, 1-0. Laurel Utterback ’24, Anna Lajos ’25, and Kate Novak ’24 all won their respective singles matches as well. In the doubles matches, King and Bellini won at first doubles for the 15th time this season and now sit with a record of 15-2. Lajos and Madi Sebulsky ’24 also won their doubles match to improve to 5-1 on the season. 

The second game of the weekend did not go as well for either the men’s or women’s tennis teams. The men lost 4-3 to Delaware while the women fell to IUP 4-3. 

 Gold and Zelikovsky picked up another win at doubles court 1 for their fifth straight victory. First year Charlie Nordahl ’25 earned his first collegiate victory at doubles court 3 as he teamed up with Grunig for a 6-4 win. Owen and Zelikovsky picked up the singles victories for the Bison on courts 3 and 4. 

Bellini was a standout performer for the Bison as she won at first singles (6-4, 3-6, 6-2) and then teamed up with Whitney King to win at first doubles. First year Anna Lajos improved to 13-1 on the season with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Katy Graydon, an All-PSAC West First Teamer. Lajos also won at third doubles, partnering with Sebulsky for a 6-4 victory. 

Both teams will be back in action this upcoming weekend. The men will travel to New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth on Mar. 5 at 11am. The women will take on St. Bonaventure on Mar. 5 at 2pm and Penn State on Mar. 6 at 5pm.

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