Men’s Tennis’ split weekend

Lauren Medeiros, Staff Writer

Over the weekend, Bucknell Men’s Tennis faced off against both Navy and Lafayette. The Bison fell to Navy 5-2, but defeated Lafayette 6-1. 

The Bison hosted Navy in Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday. This match was Bucknell’s senior day, where they honored all the seniors on the team. 

Bucknell won the doubles point for the match with a win at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The senior duo of Nick Mueller ’23 and Michael Owen ’23 completed an impressive 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles, while the all-freshman tandem of Amar Tahirovic ’26 and Oscar Bain Moreno de Vega ’26 came back from a 1-4 deficit to defeat their opponents 6-4. 

Regarding the singles, they were all hard fought matches. However, Bucknell was only able to clinch a win at No. 6 singles. Brendan McDonald ’26 worked hard for a straight set win against his opponent with scores of 6-2 and 6-2. 

Harrison Gold ’24 took the opening set at No. 1 singles 6-2, but his opponent came back to take the next two sets 6-4 and 6-4. At No. 5 singles, Tim Zelikovsky ’24 split the first two sets with his competition, but unfortunately lost the third set super tiebreaker 12-10. 

Although the Bison were defeated by Navy, they regrouped and came back stronger against Lafayette. 

The Bison traveled to Easton, Pa., to play against Lafayette on Sunday. The Bison bounced back from their previous game against Navy and defeated Lafayette 6-1. 

Overall, the Bison clinched the doubles point for the match with McDonald and Zelikovsky winning 6-4 at No. 3 doubles, and Mueller and Owen crushing their opponents 6-0.

After the doubles victory, the Bison went on to post five straight-set singles wins.

At No. 1 singles, Tahirovic won 6-3, 6-0, No. 2 Mueller defeated his opponent 7-6, 6-4, No. 4 Zelikovsky clinched 6-1, 6-4, No. 5, McDonald was victorious 6-4, 6-2 and finally, Moreno de Vega won 6-3, 6-0.

The only point the Bison gave up was at No. 3 singles, where Owen split sets and fell in a third-set super tiebreak. 

Coming up, Bucknell only has two matches remaining in the regular season. Both games will be on the road as they visit Lehigh on April 15 and Holy Cross on April 16.

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