NORTH TONAWANDA, NY - The Buffalo women's tennis team continued a strong Fall season over the weekend, competing in a trio of hidden dual competitions in the Niagara Invitational. Hosted by the Purple Eagles, the Bulls went undefeated in 27 different matches between singles and doubles play against Merrimack, Hampton, and Niagara.
In singles play, freshman Margarita Kotok rolled to three easy wins, losing only three games in the process. She beat Merrimack's Rachel Muller 6-0, 6-1, shutout Hampton's Melanie Scott 6-0, 6-0, and bested Brooke Briseno of Niagara 6-2, 6-0. Tanvi Shah matched her teammate's performance, with a 6-1, 6-0 win against Merrimack, a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hampton and a 6-0, 6-0 win over Niagara. Anamaria Candanoza showed some mental toughness all weekend, going undefeated with a pair of three-set thrillers needed to get there. She beat Merrimack's Chealsey Giatrelis 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 and Niagara's Iva Celan 4-6, 6-0, 10-5, with a more commanding 6-1, 6-0 win over Hampton included.
The doubles play was equally strong over the three competitions, with the teams yielding just 10 games to the opposition in the three matches combined. Kotok and senior Miranda Podlas won 8-3 against Merrimack, shutout Hampton 8-0, and beat Niagara 8-1. Shah and Candanoza won 8-2 against Merrimack, 8-1 against Hampton, and 8-2 against Niagara. The duo of Laura Fernandez and Marta Stoyanova was the most dominant team in doubles play, with an 8-0 win over Merrimack, a 8-0 win over Hampton and a 8-1 win over Niagara.
The Fall season will draw to a close on Oct. 17, when the team travels to Yale for the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals. The event will run from the 17th until the 22nd.