Men's tennis weekly release
Bulls Split Final Weekend of Home Play
The University at Buffalo men's tennis team split weekend matches with a win over Western Michigan (5-2) and a loss to Binghamton (4-3). It was UB's second win in the last three regular season meetings against the Broncos. The loss to the Bearcats snapped UB's six-match winning streak. The Bulls are now 7-8 overall and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play.
Pair of Comebacks Highlights Doubles Win vs. WMU
In the contest with Western Michigan, UB won the important doubles point in exciting fashion after the squads split the number one and two matches. The number three duo of Alex Kalinin and Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik rallied twice to take the deciding contest from WMU's Zeyad Montasser and Marc Shideler. UB trailed 6-1 in the match before the Kalinin/Shkodnik duo won seven of the next nine games to force the tiebreaker at 8-8. The Bulls then fell behind, 3-0, in the seven-point breaker. UB rallied for 3-3 tie at the changeover then won four more points for the 7-5 victory. Kalinin and Shkodnik has combined for eight doubles wins this season, tying the duo for the most victories with number two tandem Wojciech Starakiewicz and Travis Zappia.
David Establishes Freshman Record
Damien David won both of his singles contests over the weekend to break Mike Rockman's freshman wins record. On Friday, David won his 20th match of the year with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Nadin Indre in the number one contest, tying the record. David tied Mike Rockman's 2003 freshman record with the 20th victory. On Sunday, David needed three sets to down Binghamton's Alexandre Haggai, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, for his 21st of the season.
Hove Collecting the Bagels
Vusa Hove rose his unbeaten streak to seven singles matches with a pair of wins over the weekend making quick work of both his opponents. Hove downed WMU's Pablo Olivarez, 6-1, 6-3, on Friday then picked up a 6-0, 6-0 "double-bagel" win over Binghamton's Ruben Devos on Sunday. Hove is 17-5 in singles play this season and has two "double-bagel" victories. He has six 6-0 set victories this season. in the second singles contest.
Off to the Land of Lincoln
The Bulls return to Mid-American Conference action this weekend with road contests at Chicago State and Northern Illinois. The Cougars are 0-20 and will be busy this week with matches against Valparaiso, Lewis and Detroit before Saturday's contest against the Bulls. The Huskies are 18-6 overall and are tied for the MAC lead with the Bulls at 2-0. NIU has defeated Western Michigan and Ball State and hosts Toledo on Saturday prior to their match with the Bulls. They dropped a 4-3 decision to Marquette on Sunday. "We are looking forward to getting back out there against two much improved teams," said head coach Lee Nickell. "Chicago State is still a dangerous squad despite their record and Northern Illinois is currently the front runner to win the MAC so we know we will have to play our best tennis to get the wins this weekend."