KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team wasted little time in scoring a 4-0 victory over Chicago State in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships in Kalamazoo, MI. With the win, the third-seeded Bulls (12-7) move into the semifinals to face second-seeded Toledo (23-9) on Friday afternoon.
With the match moved indoors to the West Hills Tennis Center due to the weather, the Bulls scored the opening doubles point of the match against the undermanned Cougars (0-20) to jump out early. The number three team of George Tibil and Vusa Hove remained unbeaten as a duo with their default victory. The point was claimed when number two duo Marcelo Mazzetto and Travis Zappia knocked off Viet Lam and Dave Regus, 8-2. Play was halted with the number one match unfinished as Wojceich Starakiewicz and Mitch Zenaty led Ankit Chopra and Armaan Choudhary, 6-5.
In singles play, UB took the necessary three matches quickly with a default at number six and a pair of "double bagel" wins. Number six Zappia won by default for the second point. The match concluded as Alex Kalinin, at number five, and Mazzetto, at number three, earned 6-0, 6-0 wins over Michael Chew and Lam, respectively. Three matches were left unfinished although the Bulls had won the opening set in each contest.
UB meets Toledo in the semifinals in Kalamazoo at 2:00 pm on Friday. The winner advances to the championship match Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Buffalo 4, Chicago State 0
1 Wojceich Starakiewicz/Mitch Zenaty (UB) led Ankit Chopra/Armaan Choudhary (CSU), 6-5 DNF
2 Marcelo Mazzetto/Travis Zappia (UB) d. Viet Lam/Dave Regus (CSU), 8-2
3 George Tibil/Vusa Hove (UB) won by default
Order of finish: 3, 2
1 Wojceich Starakiewicz (UB) led Ankit Chopra (CSU), 7-6 DNF
2 Vusa Hove (UB) led Armaan Choudhary (CSU), 6-1, 1-0 DNF
3 Marcelo Mazzetto (UB) d. Viet Lam (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
4 Jason Simon (UB) led Dave Regus (CSU), 6-2, 3-0 DNF
5 Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Michael Chew (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
6 Travis Zappia (UB) won by default
Order of finish: 6, 5, 3