The Bison women’s tennis team participated in both the St. Joseph’s Invitational and the Bloomsburg Fall Classic last weekend. The Orange and the Blue picked up 12 wins at St. Joe’s and 10 wins at Bloomsburg.
“The other schools there presented us with some pretty tough competition, and we all were able to rise up to the challenge,” Jen Bush ’15 said. “As a team, we’ve been working hard to add more variety to our game in matches, and I think our efforts paid off in the tournament this weekend.”
Doubles partners Maria Cioffi ’16 and Elena Vidrascu ’14 advanced to the semifinals after victories over St. Joseph’s and Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, they were unable to beat Carmen Lai and Dorothy Safron of Delaware in the semifinal. In the singles matches, Cioffi and Bush also advanced to the semifinals, but fell to Aurora Davis of St. Joseph’s (6-7, 6-2, 10-2) and Camila Diaz of Saint Francis (6-3, 6-4), respectively.
“The St. Joseph’s Invitational was a great experience for the six players that went because there were so many more schools that participated than usual, and strong teams,” Vidrascu said. “Although as individual players we didn’t get any titles, it was definitely something we all needed in order to see the different levels of competition that we will be facing in the spring.”
At Bloomsburg, Christie Schneider ’15, Sam Madnick ’16 and Claudia Silvers ’15 won in the first round of singles. Silvers also posted a win in the second round. The doubles combination of Schneider and Elizabeth Morgan ’14 also won their first round match against Bloomsburg but fell 8-0 in their second match. Madnick and Kristen Bishof ’15 were the only Bison able to pick up wins on Sunday.
The next scheduled event for the Bison will be the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 12-14.