Men's tennis weekly release
Bulls Win MAC Regular Season Title Again
For the second time in the last three seasons the University at Buffalo men's tennis team won the Mid-American Conference's regular season title and will be the top seed for the upcoming MAC Championship Tournament. The Bulls dropped a 4-3 decision at Ball State on Saturday in their final MAC match of the season, but claimed the top spot on a head-to-head tiebreaker against Northern Illinois went the Bulls' way thanks to UB's win over the Huskies on April 15.
David, Hove Go Unbeaten in MAC Play
UB's number one and two singles players, Damien David and Vusa Hove, both finished undefeated in their MAC matches. In Saturday's contest at Ball State, David won his 24th match with his three-set, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Ray Leonard. Hove knocked off Dalton Albertin, 6-0, 6-4, for his 10th win in a row and 20th this season, in the number two contest and also finished 5-0 against MAC competition. David and Hove added to their win totals on Sunday in UB's 6-1 victory against IUPUI, also played in Muncie. David rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 decision of Ivan Moiseiev in the number one match with Hove defeating Chase Emerson, 6-3, 6-2 at number two for his 21st overall and 11th consecutive win. For David, the 25th win eclipsed Nikesh Singh Panthlia's 24 wins in 2008, the most by a UB singles player.
Starakiewicz and Zappia Sweep League Doubles Foes
Although the Bulls scored just one doubles victory in the 4-3 loss at Ball State, it proved to be monumental. UB's win came from the number two tandem of Wojciech Starakiewicz and Travis Zappia as they downed Derek Carpenter and Zane Smith, 8-6. The Starakiewicz/Zappia combination finished with a 5-0 league mark in the number two slot. The doubles combos were changed for UB's non-conference match aganst IUPUI with Starakiewicz winning at number one with Vusa Hove and Zappia combining with Damien David at number two. Zappia leads the Bulls this season with 17 doubles triumphs.
MAC Championship Up Next
UB, with their number one seed, gained a first-round bye to this weekend's Mid-American Conference Championships in Toledo, OH. The Bulls will meet the survivor between fourth-seed Ball State and fifth-seed Toledo. The match will be at 10:00 am on Friday, April 27. A victory by the Bulls would send them to their second MAC Championship Finals match in the last three seasons. UB last played in the league final in 2010, falling to Western Michigan.