Tennis Charges Forward

Nick Sperduto, Senior Writer

In two weeks time, a champion will be crowned in the Patriot League when the best of the conference competes to finish off the 2022 spring collegiate season. On the women’s side, the Bison have their eyes set on what would be the program’s first league championship since 1994. 

They will certainly not have their work cut out for them, with juggernauts Boston University and Navy settling into their usual place atop the standings. The Bison picked up a 4-3 win over Lafayette on Saturday, but fell to the Greyhounds of Loyola, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The weekend split leaves them jam-packed in the middle of struggle for tournament seeding, with Colgate, Army and Loyola all within one in the win-loss column. 

Daniela Bellini ’22 continues to be dominant, going 4-0 on the weekend and remaining unbeaten in league action. For the second week in a row, she was named Patriot League Player of the Week.

“I’ve had so many ups and downs this year, but I don’t think I would have had it any other way,” said Bellini. “I feel really good about how we’ve been playing and I’m excited to spend more time with my teammates during this final stretch. It is going to be extremely difficult to leave the team behind as we’ve all grown so much together in the past year,” Bellini said.

On the men’s side, Head Coach Bruce Myers has to be pleased with the direction his squad is trending, having won four out of their last five matches. The Bison fell to a strong Navy side on Saturday, who are still undefeated in conference play and will likely be the one seed and odds-on favorite for the Patriot League Championships. 

However, the Bison have proved they can play with anyone, rebounding from their hard-fought loss against Navy to dismantle Loyola on Sunday, 6-1. With three matches left on the regular season schedule (including Lehigh and Lafayette), the next two weeks are crucial for the Bison.

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