Bucknell men’s tennis team hangs with stiff competition, faces tough opponents with strength

Facing some stiff competition, the men’s tennis team put in a solid showing Sept. 18-19 in Princeton, N.J. In doubles, Nick Bybel ’16 and Bryan Adams ’17 started strong with a 8-2 win over Miami before ultimately falling to Columbia’s team in the next round.

“It was great to get back on the doubles court with Nick and experience a high quantity of matches against high quality competition. We saw we can most definitely hang with the big boys, but also brought to light a number of areas that we intend to focus on for the remainder of the fall,” Adams said.

The team also competed in the singles bracket, with Bybel going 1-2. Bybel beat Indiana 7-5, 6-4 before faltering against Dartmouth 6-3, 3-5, 6-3 and moving into the consolation rounds. Adams went 1-2 in singles play, and Daniel Wright ’18 went 0-2.

“This weekend we faced some tough opponents and we held our own respectively. I know some of the results that we had this weekend weren’t what we were hoping for, but it’s still early in the fall season with most of the bigger tournaments ahead of us,” Bybel said.

“I think overall we are developing nicely. The very encouraging thing that I saw was our physicality compared to all the other players there … We are just as strong or if not stronger than all the players there. That is a huge improvement for us and will prove to be very beneficial when it comes the dual match and Patriot League season,” head coach Craig Schwartz said.

The men’s tennis team will host the Bison Invite Sept. 25-27.

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