MTEN defeats Bucknell in regular season finale
LEWISBURG, PA. – In his last competition of the regular season, the Lehigh men’s tennis team (4-2, 3-2) gained momentum in the postseason by beating the Bucknell Bison 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks win brought their two-match skid to a standstill. Lehigh’s last win was at Colgate on March 27th.
The Brown and White got off to a rocky start on Saturday, falling behind early after the bison grabbed the colon. In third place, Jeremy Learner and Matt Kleiman achieved the lone double victory by securing a 6-4 win over their opponents. Pairs No. 1 (Zack Elliott and Harry Wang) and No. 2 (Gary Fishkin and Jacob Edelchik) both lost their matches 6-2.
Despite losing the colon, Lehigh showed grit and determination by coming from behind and taking four wins in singles to win the match. The newcomer Jordan Paul shone that day and dominated his opponent in straight sets with 6: 1, 6: 1. In 3rd place Kleiman scored a 6-3, 6-4 win in straight sets against his opponent. The senior Wang knocked out a three against his opponent on Saturday. After taking the first set and dropping the second, Wang beat his opponent and took the third set and won the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Junior Elliott won his match in first place after his opponent fell behind in the third set.
Next, the Mountain Hawks will go into the postseason. The Patriot League Championships will be hosted by Lehigh on the Ulrich Courts and will begin on Thursday, April 22nd. Stay tuned throughout the week to see which seed and who the Mountain Hawks will be up against.
No. 1 Zack Elliott – W, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 standard
No. 2 Harry Wang – W, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 Matt Kleiman – W, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Jacob Edelchik – L, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Jordan Paul – W, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Jeremy Learner – L, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
No. 1 Elliott / Wang – L, 6-2
No. 2 Fishkin / Edelchik – L, 6-2
No. 3 Learner / Kleiman – W, 6-4