Bulls Fall At Nationally-Ranked Columbia

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NEW YORK, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team matched up with the 13th ranked team in the nation on Friday afternoon, falling to Columbia, 4-0, at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.

Columbia took the doubles point with wins at two and three, but the Bulls kept it tight at first doubles as Ethan Nittolo and Hao Sheng Koay had their matched tied at 3-3 when play was stopped.

In singles action, the Lions grabbed wins at four, five, and six to clinch the match with the top half of the lineup going unfinished.  Columbia had a pair of nationally ranked singles players playing at one and two, including Victor Pham, the #41 player in the country.  After dropping the first set, Nittolo was tied at 4-4 in the second when the match was stopped.

Koay played at second singles against Adam Ambrozy, the #91 player in the country.  After dropping the opening set, Koay led 3-2 in the second when play was halted.

"We learned a lot today as a group," said head coach Lee Nickell. "The biggest thing we know is that our group of guys are going to fight to the very end. We will use what we learned today and get ready for another tough match against Yale tomorrow."

The Bulls will move on to New Haven, CT tomorrow to face Yale at 1:00 pm.