WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday as the Bulls fell 4-3 to Temple. The two teams split the singles contests, but Temple ended up winning the important doubles point.
UB claimed a win at second doubles as Ethan Nittolo and Hao Sheng Koay secured a 6-2 victory after Temple won the match at first doubles. In third doubles, the two teams went to a tiebreaker, which Temple won 7-4 to earn the first point of the evening.
All six singles matches were won in straight sets. Sophomore Matthew Johnson won at sixth singles 6-4, 6-2 to put UB on the board and Koay then scored a 6-2, 6-3 win at third singles, giving the Bulls a 2-1 lead in the match. Temple then won matches at fifth and fourth singles, respectively, to take the lead back at 3-2 before junior Vilhelm Fridell tied it back up at 3-3 with a 7-6 (X), 6-3 win at second singles.
The match came down to first singles and Temple's Uladzimir Dorash was able to overcome a deficit in the first set, taking it 7-5 over Buffalo's Ethan Nittolo and then Dorash won the second set 6-4 to clinch the set and the match.
"Temple came in and outplayed us, but we understand now that we are going to take everyone's best shot and we ok with that," said head coach Lee Nickell. "We are going to work on the mental side as we prepare for Mercer and North Florida next weekend."
The Bulls will head down to Jacksonville, FL for a pair of matches next weekend beginning on Saturday against Mercer.