Bulls Snap Losing Streak, Defeat Marist, 5-2
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY -- The University at Buffalo men's tennis team snapped a three-match losing string with a 5-2 non-conference victory over visiting Marist Sunday afternoon at the Miller Tennis Center.
The Bulls (6-6) took the doubles point with 8-5 wins in a pair of matches over the Red Foxes (8-3). In the number two match, the duo of Marcelo Mazzetto and Travis Zappia defeated Nicolas Pisecky and Landon Greene. UB clinched the point when Wojceich Starakiewicz and Vusa Hove, paired together for the first time this season, knocked off Joris Van Eck and Matt Himmelsbach.
UB won the match by taking three of the ensuing four contests, including a pair of three-set contests. Mazzetto finished first with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Pisecky at number three. Starakiewicz and Lorenzo Rossi, in the number one match, exchanged 6-2 decisions with Starakiewicz recording the victory in a 6-2 third set. Following Alex Kalinin's three-set loss to Himmelsbach at number four, UB took the match with number two Vusa Hove battling past Van Eck, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Hove shook off leg cramps to post his team-best 16th singles win of the season.
Jason Simon downed Greene, 6-1, 6-3 in the number five match while Marist's Will Reznek scored a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win over Zappia in the number six contest to conclude the day.
"Marist is a well coached team. They were nice to add this match," said UB head coach Lee Nickell referring to the fact that the match was added at the last minute. "It was great to get back home and play in front of the home crowd. I'm proud of the way we competed all the way through and finally executed at a level I am happy with."
The Bulls travel to Binghamton next Saturday for a 1:00 pm match. UB hosts Chicago State next Sunday at 10:30 am in a match rescheduled from earlier in the season.
Buffalo 5, Marist 2
1 Wojceich Starakiewicz/Vusa Hove (UB) d. Joris Van Eck/Matt Himmelsbach (MC), 8-5
2 Marcelo Mazzetto/Travis Zappia (UB) d. Nicolas Pisecky/Landon Greene (MC), 8-5
3 Lorenzo Rossi/Will Reznek (MC) d. Alex Kalinin/Jason Shkodnik (UB), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1 Wojceich Starakiewicz (UB) d. Lorenzo Rossi (MC), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
2 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Joris Van Eck (MC), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3 Marcelo Mazzetto (UB) d. Nicolas Pisecky (MC), 6-3, 6-2
4 Matt Himmelsbach (MC) d. Alex Kalinin (UB), 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4
5 Jason Simon (UB) d. Landon Greene (MC), 6-1, 6-3
6 Will Reznek (MC) d. Travis Zappia (UB), 6-1, 7-6 (6)
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 2, 5, 6