KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team dropped its first Mid-American Conference match of the season, falling to Western Michigan, 4-3, on Friday night in Kalamazoo, MI. The Bulls dropped to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in MAC play.
"Credit to Western for winning an incredible dual match," head coach Lee Nickell said. "We had multiple match points at 4 and 6 singles, and we got tight. I am confident we will figure out where we went wrong tonight and will work on it as we prepare for next weekend."
Western Michigan won two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. After the teams split the first doubles matches, Western Michigan's Peter Kusynski and Jack Randall eked out a 6-4 win over Ethan Nittolo and Hao Sheng Koy at first doubles to earn the point.
In singles action, both Vilhelm Fridell and Koay won in straights. Fridell beat Matej Svjetlicic, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) at second singles, while Koay disposed of Jack Randall, 7-5, 6-3, at third singles.
Matthew Johnson battled to a tough three set win at five singles. After winning the first set, 6-2, Johnson dropped the second set in a tiebreaker, but battled back to win 6-4 in the third to pull out the victory.
The Bulls will next play at Columbia on March 29.
1. Peter Kuszynski/Jack Randall (WMU) def. Ethan Nittolo/Hao Sheng Koay (UB) 6-4
2. Jannik Opitz/Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) def. Vilhelm Fridell/Nickolas Frisk (UB) 6-2
3. Matthew Johnson/Valdemar Holm (UB) def. Lenhard Haupt/Nick Schnobel (WMU) 6-4
1. Jannik Opitz (WMU) def. Ethan Nittolo (UB) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Vilhelm Fridell (UB) def. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Hao Sheng Koay (UB) def. Jack Randall (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Peter Kuszynski (WMU) def. Nickolas Frisk (UB) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Matthew Johnson (UB) def. Nick Schnobel (WMU) 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4
6. Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) def. Simon Wibler (UB) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2