BINGHAMTON, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team improved to 3-1 in Mid-American Conference play with a 7-0 victory over Binghamton on Monday afternoon. All three of UB's league victories have now come by 7-0 margins.
The Bulls began in doubles as senior Ethan Nittolo and junior Hao Sheng Koay came away with a 7-5 victory at first doubles. UB then clinched the point at third doubles as sophomores Matthew Johnson and Valdemar Holm scored a 7-6 (4) win. UB held the narrow lead at second doubles when play was stopped.
Buffalo won all six singles matches on the afternoon, half of those coming in straight sets. Nittolo won at first singles in three sets as he took a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 decision, while junior Vilhelm Fridell won at second singles, 6-4, 6-3. Koay added a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 win at three.
"When the MAC changed the tournament format to allow every team in and make it a three-day event, I knew I wanted to schedule a situation where we would be tired and worn down, but still needed to win," said head coach Lee Nickell, whose UB team played at Columbia on Friday and Yale on Saturday. "Today we proved we can win an important match even when we are exhausted. We had a brutally honest meeting on Sunday after our two losses, and we have made a concerted effort to control our emotions throughout our competitions. We have lost too many leads this year, and the only thing that will help us is making a commitment to working on our mental toughness. That being said, I am proud of our group and I know now that we are going forward in the same direction for the first time in a while."
The Bulls will conclude their five-match road trip on Friday at Toledo. Buffalo will then close out the regular season with two straight home matches, beginning on Sunday afternoon against Northern Illinois.