BETHLEHEM, PA – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team rolled to 17 victories out of 20 matches as play concluded at the Lehigh Fall Invitational. There was no team scoring and the tournament was played using a hidden duals format as the Bulls faced of with Monmouth, Lafayette, Niagara and the host Lehigh.
UB swept singles and doubles matches against Lehigh and took five of six singles matches against Lafayette. Vusa Hove, Travis Zappia, Kristof Custers and Mitch Zenaty went 2-0 in singles play, all winning in straight sets, while Alex Kalinin won both his matches in third-set supertiebreakers. Jason Shkodnik made his collegiate debut for the Bulls with a 1-1 singles mark.
In doubles play, the Bulls took the two matches played against Lehigh while winning two of three over Monmouth and Niagara.
Several Bulls are expected to compete in the ITA Regionals starting Oct. 14 in New Haven, CT.
Buffalo vs. Lehigh
Vusa Hove/Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Matt Savran/Ryan Krueger (LU), 8-1
Vusa Hove (UB) d. Matt Savran (LU), 6-0, 6-3
Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Ryan Krueger (LU), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Travis Zappia (UB) d. Andrew Krentz (LU)), 6-3, 7-5
Kristof Custers (UB) d. Timur Chemykh (LU), 6-2, 6-2
Mitch Zenaty (UB) d. Edgars Razua (LU), 6-4, 7-6
Jason Shkodnik (UB) d. Cameron Silbert (LU), 7-5, 6-2
Buffalo vs. Monmouth
Ian Terpilowski/Harveer Bhalia (MU) d. Mitch Zenaty/Kristof Custers (UB), 9-8
Vusa Hove/Alex Kalinin (UB) d. David Sherwood/Jason Rothstein (MU), 9-8
Kristof Custers/Jason Shkodnik (UB) d. Stephen Suboleski/Jon Silverstein (MU), 8-2
Buffalo vs. Lafayette
Vusa Hove (UB) d. Justin Haar (LC), 6-3, 6-3
Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Doug Gallagher (LC), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
Travis Zappia (UB) d. Scott Gelbman (LC), 6-1, 6-2
Kristof Custers (UB) d. Kyle MacLelland (LC), 6-2, 6-2
Mitch Zenaty (UB) d. Will Mercorella (LC), 6-2, 6-3
Sinan Ipeker (LC) d. Jason Shkodnik (UB), 6-4, 6-2
Buffalo vs. Niagara
Matt Kane/Brandon Gallegos (NU) d. Mitch Zenaty/Travis Zappia (UB), 8-4
Vusa Hove/Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Joseph Zalic/David Lemieux-Sarrasin (NU), 8-4
Jason Shkodnik/Kristof Custers (UB) d. Matthieu Lacasse/Jordan Blair (NU), 8-6