Bulls Barrel Over Niagara, 6-1
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team scored a 6-1 win over visiting Niagara on Friday night at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls won eight of the nine matches on the evening and improved to 4-2 overall.
UB took the opening doubles point with wins in the number one and two matches. At number one, the combo of sophomore Damien David and freshman Akhil Mehta improved to 5-1 with their 8-4 victory over David Raymond and Olivier Dufour-Counsol. The number two team of Vusa Hove and Sebastian Ionescu clinched the point with their 8-3 win over Brandon Gallegos and Lorenz Schwojer. Niagara won the number three doubles match as Mathieu Lacasse and Michael Elortegui defeated UB's Sergio Arevalillo and Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik, 8-4.
Mehta got things rolling for the Bulls in the singles contests being the first to complete his match. Mehta, at fifth singles, knocked off Schwojer, 6-1, 6-1 to give UB a 2-0 edge. Ionescu then scored a win at third singles with his 6-0, 6-1 win over Gallegos. David clinched the victory for the Bulls with the fourth point as he defeated Dufour-Counsol, 6-1, 6-2 at second singles. Hove, at number one, then came off the court with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Raymond to give the Bulls a 5-0 edge.
Niagara (4-3) picked up its lone win in the number six match as Lacasse defeated Arevalillo, 6-4, 6-2.
In the final match to conclude, the number five contest, freshman Pablo Alvarez used a pair of tiebreakers to defeat Elortegui, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6). Alvarez trailed in the 6-3 in the second set tiebreaker before rattling off five straight points to win the match.
Jason Simon also won an 8-4 pro set exhibition match over Joseph Smithyman for the Bulls.
"It was a solid victory," said UB head coach Lee Nickell. "I can't fault any of the guys, it was businesslike."
The Bulls host Duquesne on Saturday morning at 9:30 am.
Buffalo 6, Niagara 1
1 Damien David/Akhil Mehta (UB) d. David Raymond/Olivier Dufour-Counsol (NU), 8-4
2 Vusa Hove/Sebastian Ionescu (UB) d. Brandon Gallegos/Lorenz Schwojer (NU), 8-3
3 Mathieu Lacasse/Michael Elortegui (NU) d. Sergio Arevalillo/Yevgeniy Jason Shkodnik (UB), 8-4
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1 Vusa Hove (UB) d. David Raymond (NU), 6-2, 6-4
2 Damien David (UB) d. Olivier Dufour-Counsol (NU), 6-1, 6-2
3 Sebastian Ionescu (UB ) d. Brandon Gallegos (NU), 6-0, 6-1
4 Pablo Alvarez (UB) d. Michael Elortegui (NU), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6)
5 Akhil Mehta (UB) d. Lorenz Schwojer (NU), 6-1, 6-1
6 Mathieu Lacasse (NU) d. Sergio Arevalillo (UB), 6-4, 6-2
E Jason Simon (UB) d. Joseph Smithyman (NU), 8-4
Order of finish: 5,3,2,1,6,4