BUFFALO, NY – Playing in one of the toughest regions in the country, the University at Buffalo men's tennis team finished the year ranked eighth in the Northeast Region, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced late Wednesday.
The Bulls went 14-6 on the season, winning the Mid-American Conference with a perfect 7-0 record, while also winning both of their matches during the conference tournament. Of UB's six losses, five came to Ivy League teams that were ranked in the top six in the region and the sixth came against Texas A&M, who finished fourth in their region.
Lee Nickell, who was named the MAC Coach of the Year, did all this despite a roster that included six new players this season and just two returnees from a year ago. With associate head coach Matt Lucas, Nickell did the impossible, having seven different players honored by the MAC in one fashion or another. Hao Sheng Koay was named to the All-MAC First Team, while Vidit Vaghela, Filip Grbic, and Villhelm Fridell were named to the second team. Sophomore Ethan Nittolo was named the MAC Tournament MVP, while junior Petr Vodak was named to the All-Tournament Team. Most recently, senior Tony Miller was named Academic All-MAC.
Of the 10 teams in the regional rankings, eight were in the Ivy League and one was in the Big East.