CAMBRIDGE, MA – The defending Mid-American Conference champion men's tennis team faced some stiff competition in their opening weekend of 2017-18 as the Bulls traveled to the Harvard Chowder Fest and faced opponents from Harvard, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame.
On the opening day of competition, junior Ethan Nittolo and sophomore Hao Sheng Koay picked up a doubles victory, 8-5, against Christopher Morrow and Michael Peters of Harvard. UB won just one match in singles on the first day as sophomore Konstantinos Tsakiris grabbed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Sam Beren of Harvard.
In Saturday's action, seniors Petr Vodak and Vidit Vaghela won a pair of doubles contests as they took down the team of Broader and Small from Notre Dame, 7-5, while also securing an 8-4 win over Thirouin and Peters from Harvard. The Bulls also picked up three singles victories on Saturday as Koay defeated Brendon Kempin from Notre Dame, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2), while Vaghela defeated Notre Dame's Daniel Rayl, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Vodak also came away with a victory, defeating Conor Somers of the Fighting Irish in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
UB closed out the weekend picking up one victory on Sunday as sophomore Villhelm Fridell defeated Drew Dawson from Notre Dame, 6-3, 6-1.
"The first tournament for the fall is always a great gauge for where we need to improve to reach our goals," said head coach Lee Nickell. "This was a pretty rocky start for our guys, but we now know where we need to make adjustments to compete at the level of the teams at this tournament. The next few weeks will be spent working on physical fitness and mental toughness, and we will continue to challenge ourselves against the best competition in the country."
The Bulls will continue their fall competition this upcoming weekend when they head down to Princeton, NJ for the Ivy Plus Tournament.