Men’s Tennis Completes Weekend Sweep With Win Over Duquesne
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team completed its weekend homestand on Saturday morning with 5-1 win over visiting Duquesne at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls are now 5-2 overall while the Dukes are now 7-3.
The teams played six singles matches only due to limitations on court time as the Bulls won the first five contests to be completed.
Sophomore Sebastian Ionescu improved to 6-1 in singles play as he was the first complete a match. Ionescu defeated Corey Robinson, 6-2, 6-3, in the number three contest. Damien David, at second singles, finished next with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Pete Carpenter. Akhil Mehta gave the Bulls a 3-0 edge as he downed Max Rubin, 6-4, 6-2.
Vusa Hove, playing first singles, gave the Bulls the clinching fourth point but it wasn't easy for the senior. After dropping the opening set, 6-0, to Duquesne's Rich Robbie, Hove rallied in the second set for a 6-3 win to force a deciding third set. The third set remained on serve until the 11th game when Hove broke serve to take a 6-5 lead and was serving for the match. However, Robbie rallied in the 12th game to force the 6-6 tiebreaker. Hove won the opening two points of the deciding breaker, but dropped the next three to trail 3-2. Hove then claimed the next five points in the tiebreaker for a 7-3 margin and winning the set, 7-6.
After the match was decided, Sergio Arevalillo won his sixth singles contest over Ben Klaas, 6-2, 7-6 (6). The lone blemish to the UB day was Pablo Alvarez's loss at fourth singles to Alex Aleman, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Although the doubles matches were not played, head coach Lee Nickell felt that his team started quickly and never let up. "Our guys were ready to start right away. I'd much rather play doubles [due to court time it was not possible]. We have to test our guys differently. Every match we get better."
The Bulls travel to Princeton next Saturday, then return to the Miller Tennis Center for a Sunday, March 3 matchup against NJIT.
Buffalo 5, Duquesne 1
1 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Rich Robbie (DU), 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
2 Damien David (UB) d. Pete Carpenter (DU), 6-4, 6-3
3 Sebastian Ionescu (UB) d. Corey Robinson (DU), 6-2, 6-3
4 Alex Aleman (DU) d. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 7-6 (6), 6-4
5 Akhil Mehta (UB) d. Max Rubin (DU), 6-4, 6-2
6 Sergio Arevalillo (UB) d. Ben Klaas (DU), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
E Jason Simon (UB) d. Harry Walshe (DU), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Order of finish: 3,2,5,1,6,4
Doubles not played