Big Patriot League weekend for men’s and women’s tennis

Holly Burns, Sports Co-Editor

MEN’S

The men’s tennis team blanked Lafayette this past weekend 7-0, improving to 4-2 in Patriot League play. 

Harrison Gold ’24 and Nick Mueller ’23 were really strong for the Bison, winning all three of their doubles matches. Overall, the Bison didn’t lose more than three games in any of their sets. 

Michael Owen ’23, Tim Zelikovsky ’24, Nicolas Grunig ’25 and Charlie Nordahl ’23 all won both their singles and doubles matches for the Orange and Blue. Zelikovsky’s No. 4 singles win marks his 13th in a row, making him 14-4 in dual matches. 

The Bison will close out their regular-season play at home against Lehigh on Saturday, April 23. 

Doubles:

  1. Harrison Gold/Nick Mueller (B) def. Josh Wolfe/Nash Lovallo (L) – 6-4
  2. Michael Owen/Tim Zelikovsky (B) def. Davis Esslinger/Arman Ganchi (L) – 6-2
  3. Nicolas Grunig/Charlie Nordahl (B) def. Ross Coleman/Charles Keller (L) – 6-4

Singles:

  1. Harrison Gold (B) def. Arman Ganchi (L) – 6-0, 6-2
  2. Nick Mueller (B) def. Josh Wolfe (L) – 6-2, 6-2
  3. Michael Owen (B) def. Nash Lovallo (L) – 6-1, 6-3
  4. Tim Zelikovsky (B) def. Charles Keller (L) – 6-2, 6-2
  5. Nicolas Grunig (B) def. Davis Esslinger (L) – 6-3, 6-0
  6. Charlie Nordahl (B) def. Luke Ritchie (L) – 6-3, 6-1

WOMEN’S

Senior captain Daniela Bellini ’22 was recognized for her admirable career as a Bison before the women’s tennis matchup on Saturday, April 16. Bellini is a two-time All-Patriot League selection, and holds a 49-25 singles record (17th in University history). 

Bellini, Whitney King ’25, Tyne Miller ’24 and Laurel Utterback ’24 fought hard until the end of their matches against Army West Point on Saturday, but were unable to pull away with victories on the day. 

Singles:

  1. Daniela Bellini (BU) vs. Stephanie Dolehide (ARMY) 3-6, 1-4 (unfinished)
  2. Caroline Vincent (ARMY) def. Tyne Miller (BU) 6-0, 6-3
  3. Laurel Utterback (BU) vs. Cooper Jackson (ARMY) 6-3, 1-6 (unfinished)
  4. Paola Bou (ARMY) def. Anna Lajos (BU) 6-1, 6-3
  5. Kate Novak (BU) vs. Justine Dondonay (ARMY) 0-6, 3-5 (unfinished)
  6. Paige Herremans (ARMY) def. Caroline Marcus (BU) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:

  1. Stephanie Dolehide/Caroline Vincent (ARMY) def. Daniela Bellini/Whitney King (BU) 6-4
  2. Cooper Jackson/Paige Herremans (ARMY) def. Madi Sebulsky/Anna Lajos (BU) 6-1
  3. Paola Bou/Sam DiMaio (ARMY) def. Tyne Miller/Laurel Utterback (BU) 7-6 (7)

On Sunday the Orange and Blue faced Towson, but were unable to improve on their scores from Saturday. Bellini and King were only narrowly defeated, and the two finished with a 21-5 record on the season. 

Singles:

  1. Themis Haliou (TU) def. Tyne Miller (BU) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Laurel Utterback (BU) vs. Antonia Lawson (TU) 3-6, 1-4 (unfinished)
  3. Anna Lajos (BU) vs. Jessica Assenmacher (TU) 4-6, 4-5  (unfinished)
  4. Sarah Pospischill (TU) def. Madi Sebulsky (BU) 6-1, 6-2
  5. Caroline Marcus (BU) vs. Lea Kosanovic (TU) 1-6, 4-3 (unfinished)
  6. Not contested – Bucknell forfeit

Doubles:

  1. Themis Haliou/Lea Kosanovic (TU) def. Daniela Bellini/Whitney King (BU) 7-5
  2. Jessica Assenmacher/Antonia Lawson (TU) def. Madi Sebulsky/Anna Lajos (BU) 6-3
  3. Tyne Miller/Laurel Utterback (BU) def. Sarah Pospischill/Nadeen Shrebati (TU) 6-4

“My team really went all out for senior day, and it made for an overall amazing weekend even though we lost both our matches. It’s been such an amazing four years with the Bucknell tennis team, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career here any other way” said Bellini.

The Orange and Blue are back in action in the Patriot League Championships in Bethlehem, Pa. The PL Championships will be held from April 22-24, and the Bison start off tournament play against the Loyola Greyhounds. 

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