ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- The St. Bonaventure University men's and women's tennis teams will continue their spring schedules this weekend, with the women playing on back-to-back days at Buffalo on Friday and at home against Akron at the St. Bonaventure Fitness Center on Saturday, while the men will travel to Penn State on Sunday.
The St. Bona women's tennis team split its matches last weekend, falling to Siena on Jan. 27, but rebounding with a 6-1 win over Saint Peter's on Jan. 28. The Bonnies picked up wins from senior Mara Martinez-Santori, junior Gabriella Bowe, and freshmen Clara Herberts and Kahlei Reisinger. The Bonnies also won all three of their doubles matches in the team's first win of the spring.
The St. Bonaventure men's tennis team has started the season 3-1, including consecutive 7-0 sweeps over Siena and Saint Peter's last weekend. This marks the first time since before the 2009-10 season that the team has swept two straight opponents and the best start for the team since before 2009-10. Each Bona player won their respective matches, and the strong performances were highlighted by a pair of No. 4 singles wins and a pair of No. 1 doubles wins for sophomore Indra Patwardhan, who earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors. Between the two days, only two matches were won in more than straight sets.
The Buffalo women's tennis team will begin its spring season against the Bonnies on Friday, having last played at the ITA Regionals in October. Junior Tanja Stojanovska reached the third round of singles play in the tournament and paired with senior Margarita Kotok to reach the round of 16 for doubles.
The Akron women's tennis team is coming off a 4-3 loss to West Virginia on Jan. 28. The Zips won two of three doubles matches and got singles wins from senior Karalina Maksimava and junior Sophia Geier.
The Penn State men's tennis team took part in the ITA Kickoff last weekend. Penn State played Notre Dame in the consolation round, dropping the match, 4-1, with its lone point coming from freshman Christian Lakoseljac in singles play. The Nittany Lions will host Cleveland State, Lehigh and Cornell prior to facing the Bonnies in the two-day span of Feb. 4 and 5.
The women's matches are set to begin at 1 p.m. at Buffalo on Friday and 10 a.m. against Akron on Saturday while the men's match at Penn State will begin at 5 p.m.