Men’s tennis defeats Bloomsburg, drops match to Navy to end season 13-12

Charlotte O’Donnell, Staff Writer

The Bison started their weekend strong, dominating every match against Bloomsburg University to end in a 7-0 shutout on April 16. Both Nick Bybel ’16 and Max McDonald ’19 recorded 6-0, 6-0 wins, handily winning their matches at the No. 1 and No. 6 singles spots, respectively. Max Kane ’18 clinched the No. 2 singles spot with a 6-3, 6-3 win, and Andrei Vitiuc ’19 followed up with his own win at No. 3, ending his match 6-3, 6-2. The Orange and Blue rounded out their singles shutout with wins from Ben Gerber ’18 and Timber Erskine ’18.

The Bison continued to trump their opponents in doubles, winning their matches with ease. The duo of Kane/Erskine won their No. 1 doubles spot 6-3, and Bybel/McDonald refused to cede any points to their opponents, winning 6-0 at No. 2. In the No. 3 spot, Vitiuc/Gerber finished their match 6-2, sealing the Bison’s victory.

The Orange and Blue could not keep their momentum up against Navy on April 17, as they fell 7-0 to their Patriot League opponent. With this loss, the Bison are now 2-3 in the Patriot League. The Bison suffered losses in every singles match, with Bybel retiring from his singles match with an injury. Bybel was able to play in doubles, however, and his pairing with Dan Wright ’18 resulted in a 6-4 win in the No. 1 spot. While the loss is tough to swallow, the Bison are pleased with their season and their 13-12 overall record.

“We’ve had a great season so far and I firmly believe that the best is yet to come,” Kane said.

“We pulled out some good wins and lost several close matches, but the most important thing is that we continue to strive for better because we have tools to make it happen,” Wright said.

When asked what they would change about the season if they could, both players agreed that they would bring Bryan Adams ’17 back to competitive play, as he has unfortunately been sidelined with a back injury this season.

“He has been such a key player in both our doubles and singles play,” Wright said.

Despite the loss of Adams, the Bison have succeeded this season and plan on bringing that success to the Patriot League Championship.

“We plan on dominating the Patriot League Tournament, then turning our focus to the NCAA Championships,” Kane said.

The Bison will compete in the Patriot League Tournament at Lehigh on April 29-May 1.

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