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The Bison secured a 7-0 sweep this past weekend against Duquesne, winning all three doubles matches and all six singles matches. Not only did the Orange and Blue win every match, but they also gave up no sets in singles play and only two in doubles. 

“The team has been feeling increasingly confident over the last couple of weeks, coming from a good win in Temple. This weekend we played Duquesne at home, all the guys brought in the energy and we were confident in this win,” Adam Stavrakas ’26 said. “We started off with some good doubles and got the doubles point. My [singles] match didn’t last too long, unfortunately my opponent retired early with an injury.”

In the number one doubles match, Brendan McDonald ’26 and Amar Tahirovic ’26 won 6-3 to kick the momentum chain off for Bucknell. Then, in the number two doubles match, Oscar Bain Moreno de Vega ’26 and Stavrakas won 6-1, and in the number three doubles match Tim Zelikovsky ’24 and Liam Kilmer ’27 also won 6-1. 

As for the singles matches, Stravakas and Zelikovsky both won their matches by retirement, and the other four players handily defeated their opponents. In the number one singles match, Tahirovic won 6-3, 6-3, and in the number three Bain won 6-2, 6-4. On court number four, McDonald grabbed a 7-5, 6-0 win, and on court number five Kilmer secured a 6-2, 6-2 victory. 

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“What we took away from the Duquesne match was what we can do as a team if we all bring our energy on the court,” Stavrakas said. 

The following day the Bison made their way to Philadelphia, PA to take on Saint Joseph’s, where they earned themselves a 2-0 weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Hawks. 

Starting with the doubles matches, the Bison got off to a strong start with a 6-2 win for Bain and Stavrakas at second doubles. The first doubles did not see the same results, however, as Tahirovic and McDonald fell 6-4. Regardless, Zelikovsky and Kilmer secured the doubles point by earning a 7-5 defeat on court three. 

Following the doubles matches, the Bison grabbed three straight singles wins from Tahirovic on court one with a 6-3, 6-2 decision, Kilmer on court four with a 6-1, 6-2 decision and Zelikovsky on court five with a 6-1, 6-3 decision to secure the dual. 

The Bison fell in third and second singles, but Will Robinson ’27 grabbed a 6-4, 6-4 victory on court six to end the day. 

These wins propelled the Orange and Blue to an impressive 10-4 record on the season. Bucknell competes next at home versus Colgate on March 29th, then against Boston University at home on March 31st.

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