Bulls Advance To MAC Semifinals With 4-1 Win Over Toledo

Bulls Advance To MAC Semifinals With 4-1 Win Over Toledo

HAMILTON, OH - A dominating performance in singles by the University at Buffalo women's tennis team propelled the Bulls to a 4-1 victory on Friday morning over Toledo in the Mid-American Conference Quarterfinals.  The Bulls advance to their first semifinals since the 2009-10 season.

Toledo looked impressive in doubles action as the Rockets picked up an 8-1 victory at one and an 8-7 (7-5) victory at two, to take an early 1-0 lead in the match.  However, the Bulls looked like a totally different team in singles, winning the first set in all six matches.

The run began with freshman Margarita Kotok, who had little trouble winning her match at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-2.  Senior Marta Stoyanova then won at sixth singles, 6-3, 6-2, while fellow senior Miranda Podlas won at second singles, 6-3, 6-1.  Those victories staked the Bulls to a 3-1 lead.  Senior Anamaria Candanoza put an exclamation point on the morning as she used a service ace to clinch her match, 6-4, 6-4, and send the Bulls to victory.

Both senior Tanvi Shah and junior Laura Fernandez won first sets 7-5 at one and three, respectively, before having their matches stopped after the Bulls clinched.

The Bulls will meet the top seed and tournament host, Miami on Saturday morning at 10:00am with the winner advancing to Sunday's Mid-American Conference Championship match.

Singles competition

1. Tanvi Shah (BUFF) vs. Chrissy Coffman (TOL) 7-5, 0-1, unfinished

2. Miranda Podlas (BUFF) def. Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) 6-3, 6-1

3. Laura Fernandez (BUFF) vs. Pia Rygh (TOL) 7-5, 1-3, unfinished

4. Margarita Kotok (BUFF) def. Lexy Pitt (TOL) 6-1, 6-2

5. Anamaria Candanoza (BUFF) def. Emily Mazzola (TOL) 6-4, 6-4

6. Marta Stoyanova (BUFF) def. Lauren Thai (TOL) 6-3, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Lexy Pitt/Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Tanvi Shah/Marta Stoyanova (BUFF) 8-1

2. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (TOL) def. Miranda Podlas/Margarita Kotok (BUFF) 8-7 (7-5)

3. Laura Holterbosch/Anamaria Candanoza (BUFF) vs. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (TOL) 5-7, unfinished