Men's tennis weekly release
Bulls Drop 6-1 Decision at Penn
The University at Buffalo men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. The Bulls are 2-1 in spring play.
David and Mehta Score Doubles Win
Damien David and Akhil Mehta scored a doubles win in the number one match for the Bulls. The duo knocked off Jeremy Court and Nikola Kocovic in a 7-5 tiebreaker to take the match 8-7. The Quakers took the other two doubles contests by 8-2 margins. With the victory, David became the first Bull this season to post double-digit doubles wins with his 10th. Also David and Mehta remained undefeated as a tandem this spring with a 3-0 dual meet record.
Ionescu Remains Undefeated
In singles play, Sebastian Ionescu remained undefeated as a Bull with a third-set super-tiebreaker win over Ismael Lahlou. Ionescu scored a 10-6 win the super-tiebreaker. The sophomore transfer is 3-0 since joining the Bulls at the beginning of the second semester. Two other UB newcomers, Pablo Alvarez, in the number four match, and Ashwin Sharma, in the number five match, were handed their first defeats with the team as both players fell to their Quakers opponents, 6-4, 6-2.
UB's match against Penn was the first of four this season against Ivy League opponents. The Bulls will get a crack at Cornell, another Ivy League program, in Ithaca, NY this weekend. In March, the Bulls will travel to Princeton (March 2) and Brown (March 9).
A Nickell's Worth
Head coach Lee Nickell spoke following the Penn match. "We have a very young team and today the inexperience showed," said Nickell. "We have a very resilient team and we'll bounce back for Cornell."