WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team improved to 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois at the Miller Tennis Center.
The Bulls came back with a huge victory in doubles earning a hard-fought first point of the afternoon. Northern Illinois took the match at second doubles, while sophomores Matthew Johnson and Valdemar Holm won at third, 6-2, to tie it up. The doubles contest came down to one where senior Ethan Nittolo and junior Hao Sheng Koay had to fight back from an early 5-2 deficit. The pair was able to get the match into a tiebreak with the Bulls emerging victorious, 7-4, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In singles action, Johnson got the Bulls on the board with a dominating 6-4, 6-1 victory. Junior Vilhelm Fridell then came away with a win at two in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win and sophomore Nickolas Frisk clinched the contest with a 7-5, 6-4 win at four.
Koay then overcame a first set loss at third singles to win 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 before Northern Illinois finally got on the board with wins at one and six.
"Today was probably the best we have competed in terms of problem solving on the court," said assistant coach Tony Miller. "We completed hard up and down the lineup. Hao pulled out a tough one at three and Matt and Nick closing it out in straights really helped us out. It really got started with the way we fought back in doubles and the crowd was fantastic again."
The Bulls conclude the regular season at home on Friday when they host Ball State at 12pm at Miller Tennis Center. The match will serve as Senior Day for Buffalo's lone senior, Ethan Nittolo.