No. 49 Nittany Lions Cruise Past Bucknell, 6-1

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Marie-Frederique Bedard won both her singles and doubles match against Bucknell keeping her a perfect 4-0 on the day.

Marie-Frederique Bedard won both her singles and doubles match against Bucknell keeping her a perfect 4-0 on the day.

Jan. 18, 2014

Results

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 49 Women's Tennis closed out their season-opening doubleheader with a 6-1 victory over the Bucknell Bison. Just as they did against Cleveland State, the Nittany Lions jumped out to a big lead, clinching the win before Bucknell could register a point in the match.

"We shook up our lineup a little bit and changed things up," interim head coach Chris Cagle said. "It was nice to see some of our players step up and play under pressure, maybe playing a little higher up in the lineup than they are used to or playing with a new partner and those kinds of things."

The Nittany Lions earned the doubles point winning the No. 2 and No. 3 matches taking an early 1-0 lead. In No. 2 doubles Marie-Frederique Bedard (Montreal, Canada) and Dasha Sapogova (Belarus, Minsk) breezed past Lydia Colvin and Michele Urbinati 6-1.

Soon after Katherine Whiteaway (Sawbridgeworth, England) and Taylor Shukow (Boca Raton, Fla.) topped Stephanie Pino and Alyssa McAndrew to secure the point for Penn State. The match at No. 1 went unfinished with Chelsea Utting (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Carmen Sandor (Toronto, Canada) trailing Elena Vidrascu and Maria Cioffi 5-4 when the Nittany Lions clinched the doubles point.

In singles Sapogova earned her second win of the match and third on the day when she bested Vidrascu 6-1, 6-0 to put Penn State up 2-0. Bedard quickly followed winning her fourth match of the day knocking off Colvin 6-1, 7-5.

 

 

Whiteaway fought back to win a tough first set before sailing past Urbinati in the second on her way to winning her second match against Bucknell, 7-5, 6-2 and clinching the victory for Penn State. Sandor remained undefeated knocking off Cioffi 6-2, 6-4 to increase the lead to five for the Nittany Lions.

Shukow notched her first collegiate singles victory besting Jorie Fox 6-2, 6-0. Bucknell earned their lone point in the match when Melissa Parks topped Lisa Petruzillo (Muttontown, N.Y.), 6-2, 6-1 to close out the match.

Penn State stays undefeated in fifteen matches all-time against the Bison with the win. They will look to remain unbeaten on the young season when Navy comes to town tomorrow for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.



 

BUCKNELL 1
No. 49 PENN STATE 6


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    DOUBLES SINGLES F
      #1 #2 #3 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
    1
    6

    Doubles
    Vidrascu/Cioffi
    5-4
    #1
    Utting/Sandor
    Colvin/Urbinati

    #2 6-1
    Bedard/Sapogova
    Pino/McAndrew

    #3 6-3
    Whiteaway/Shukow
    Order of finish: 2, 3

    Singles
    Cioffi

    #1 6-2, 6-4
    Sandor
    Vidrascu
    #2 6-1, 6-0
    Sapogova
    Colvin
    #3 6-1, 7-5
    Bedard
    Urbinati
    #4 7-5, 6-2
    Whiteaway
    Fox

    #5 6-2, 6-0
    Shukow
    Parks 6-2, 6-1
    #6
    Petruzillo
    Order of finish:2, 3, 4, 1, 5, 6

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