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Freshmen Fare Well In Opening Tennis Competition

Sept. 11, 2016

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - A pair of freshmen women's tennis players advanced to their respective flight semifinals and title match this weekend, leading the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's contingent at the Bucknell Invitational.

Lin Robertson won a pair of matches and advanced to the Flight 3 semifinals, while classmate Sydney Siembida also was twice a victor and played in the Flight 4 championship match.

Robertson opened the competition with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Mount St. Mary's University's Erin Benefiel, and she then knocked off Villanova University's Ellie Zimmerman, 6-4, 6-0, in the flight's quarterfinals. She moved on to the semifinal round where she fell, 6-3, 6-1, to Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania's Kathryn Dunleavy.

Siembida won her opening match in straight-sets, downing Samantha Barbato of Mount St. Mary's, 6-0, 6-3. She then dispatched of Colgate University's Kristie Woodbury, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals to move on to the flight title match. There, however, she was defeated by Bucknell's Jill Auteri, 6-3, 7-5.

Robertson and fellow freshman Alexandria Agee won their opening doubles match in Flight 2, beating a Colgate pair, 6-2.

Agee lost her opening Flight 2 singles match, but she won two matches thereafter to earn a spot in the consolation final. That match, however, was not played due to the conclusion of the tournament.

On the men's side, John Ferruzzi and Jack Shortell teamed to win the consolation final in the Flight 2 doubles. The did so with a 6-2 win over a pair of teammates, Colin Kanuch and Kyle Gower.

Blest Jones and Brett Shriver also advanced to the consolation final in the Flight 1 doubles draw before falling, 6-3, to a team from Colgate.

Shortell was a first-round winner in Flight 3 singles, besting Colgate's Kun Tan, 6-2, 6-4. Tyler Blessing also was a first-round victor in Flight 1 singles, using a super-tiebreaker to beat Colgate's Alec Dardis, 2-6, 6-3, (10-6).