Sept. 23, 2010
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell tennis will continue its busy fall schedule as the men’s and women’s squads return to the northeast this weekend. The Bison men will head to the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Conn., while the women will travel to West Point, N.Y., for the Eastern Championships, both of which run Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26.
The men will face a field of more than half a dozen teams at the UConn Invitational, including a handful of opponents from last year in Boston University, Bryant, Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Bucknell’s women’s squad will contend with more than 25 teams from around the region, including Patriot League foes Army, Lehigh and Holy Cross. The Eastern Championships will include singles, doubles and the newly added one-on-one doubles competition during play in 2010.
- Bucknell’s men’s squad is coming off a successful opening weekend of play at the Northeast Intercollegiate in Providence, R.I. The Bison claimed two singles titles as sophomore Kelly Morque (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and freshman Scott Bernstein (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) won their respective draws. Both players finished the weekend 3-0 in singles and 5-1 overall to lead the squad.
- Bernstein also made it to the finals in his doubles draw with fellow freshman Kyle Rosen (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills) at the Northeast Intercollegiate. The duo fell to a team from Brown in the finals.
- Although they finished play with a 22-14 combined singles and doubles record, Bucknell’s underclassmen were not the only ones to bring in the wins last weekend. Senior Mark Malloy (Bronxville, N.Y./Hackley School) advanced to the finals in the Grey Draw for singles. The strong return to the courts was a nice change of pace for Malloy who earned his first wins since missing all of his junior season.
- Malloy became one of three Bison to move up the ranks in the program record books after the Northeast Intercollegiate. Currently in a tie for eighth with a 49-18 career singles record, Malloy needs one more victory to improve to sixth place all-time at Bucknell. He also improved to 15th in doubles wins (39-26) and 11th in combined wins (88-44), making him Bucknell’s winningest active player.
- Senior Anton Kovic (Montreal, Quebec/Milton Academy (Mass.)) and junior Gregg Cohenca (Purchase, N.Y./Rye Country Day School) also moved up the standings. Kovic is tied for seventh in doubles (49-44), and like his classmate, needs one more victory to tie for sixth on the program ledger with his 50th career win. Cohenca is also looking to break into the top 25 in doubles. With a 28-28 record, the junior is one win shy of tying for 24th at Bucknell.
- Bucknell returns its lone selection from the 2010 All-Patriot League Team for another year. Josh Katten (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK) became the first Bison freshman to earn all-league honors after being named to the second team a year ago. Katten went 3-3 last weekend, including a 2-1 tally in doubles with Evan Zimmer (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex).
- Bucknell officially named its team captains for the 2010-11 season last week. The men will be led by seniors Kovic and Malloy.
- At last year’s UConn Invitational, Katten posted a 5-0 singles record and came away with a title in the Flight C draw. He and Morque also advanced to the semifinals in doubles, while Kovic and Cohenca were finalists in Flight A Doubles.
- Elena Vidrascu (Rochester, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) made quite the impression in her Bucknell debut last weekend. The freshman won the Flight C draw at the Bison’s home invitational, giving her a 4-0 record in singles play.
- Seniors Dara Dwojewski (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and Lauren Rottkamp (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) went undefeated together in doubles action at the Bucknell Invitational. The duo also posted the squad’s highest combined wins total last weekend with five apiece.
- Despite a bit of a sluggish start to the fall, Lauren Lucido (Woodstock, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) moved into fifth at Bucknell in all-time wins. The senior passed former teammate Paulina Gamboa with a 134-49 (.732) career record. Lucido also ranks in the top five in singles (65-27) and doubles (29-22) victories.
- Dumitrita Iepuras (Chisinau, Moldova/Germantown Friends School) is looking for her 50th career singles win. The junior is 49-16 in her career, ranking her 11th all-time at Bucknell. Also cracking the top 20 last weekend were Dwojewski and Rottkamp. Rottkamp took sole possession of 17th in singles (38-26), while Dwojewski moved into 20th in combined wins (64-71).
- Bucknell returns two of its three All-Patriot League selections from last year. Back are Lucido, a first-team honoree, and Iepuras, who was named to the second team. The Bison are now without recent graduate Tania Varela, who was a first team selection in addition to being named the Patriot League Player of the Year in 2009-10.
- Bucknell’s three seniors were each named team captains, head coach Rebecca Helt announced last week. Lucido will take her second turn at leading the squad, while Rottkamp’s and Dwojewski’s appointment is their first.
- At last year’s Eastern Championships, all four Bison singles players – Varela, Lucido, Iepuras and Rottkamp – got off to a strong start, winning their first-round matches at the massive tournament. Varela and Iepuras posted the team’s strongest finishes, ultimately advancing to the quarterfinals of their respective draws.
Both teams will return to the Varsity Tennis Courts for their next tournament. The Bison will host the Bucknell Invitational Oct. 1-3.