Bison tennis suffers defeat apiece  

Justin Schaumberger, Sports Co-Editor

The men’s and women’s tennis teams enjoyed only one game apiece this past weekend with both having a match canceled or postponed. The men lost narrowly to Chestnut Hill without their top two singles players by a score of 4-3. The women lost their Patriot League opener 6-1 against Navy. With the losses, the men now have a record of 4-14 on the season while the women own a record of 9-6. 

The men traveled to the Hershey Racquet Club on Sunday to take on Chestnut Hill without their top two singles players Harrison Gold ’24 and Nick Mueller ’23. In their places, Michael Owen ’23 and Tim Zelikovsky ’24 moved up to the top two spots. Owen won 7-5, 7-6 at first singles while Zelikovsky won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on singles two. The duo also teamed up to win the number one doubles point for the Bison (6-3). The Bison’s third and final point came in the number six singles match where Charlie Nordahl ’24 defeated his opponent 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Unfortunately, this was not enough as the Bison fell overall 4-3. 

The Bison women opened their Patriot League campaign on Sunday against Navy. The Mids emerged victorious by a 6-1 margin, but there were a few bright spots for the Bison including the fact that many of them played up one or two spots in singles. Daniela Bellini ’22 had the ultimate highlight for the Bison as she defeated a 2021 All-Patriot League First Team member in the top singles spot. Anna Lajos ’25, who was playing up two courts, lost a tight opening set 7-5 to a 2021 All-Patriot League First Team honoree. Lajos also teamed up with Madi Sebulsky ’24 on the second doubles court. The duo battled hard, but narrowly lost 6-4. 

Despite the losses, both the men and women will look to rebound in the coming week as they take on Patriot League foes. The women host their first dual match of the season against Lehigh on April 2 at 2 p.m. and Colgate on April 3 at 10 a.m. The men will open their Patriot league campaign as they host Colgate on April 1 at 4 p.m. and Boston University on April 3 at 10 a.m. 

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