Men’s Tennis Faces Nation’s Best At Ivy-Plus Invitational

Villhelm Fridell

PRINCETON, NJ – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team completed its second fall weekend at the Ivy-Plus Invitational hosted by Princeton University.  The Bulls were one of 17 teams that sent players to the weekend event.

Sophomore Villhelm Fridell made it to the finals of the Cordish Draw, picking up three victories along the way.  He opened with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Ryan Cheng from Yale and followed that up with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory against Max Fliegner of Dartmouth.  He advanced to the Finals with another win over Ivy League competition, defeating Charles Tan from Brown, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.  He ultimately fell in three sets in the final to Timothy Wang of Columbia.

After an early loss, junior Ethan Nittolo had success in the back draw of the Lenz Draw where he began with a 6-1, 6-3 win over RJ Sands of Penn.  He then defeated George Cartledge of Virginia Tech easily, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the consolation finals where he lost to Andrew Heller of Yale

In the Tiger Draw, sophomore Hao Sheng Koay picked up a victory in the back draw against Jack Haworth from Brown, 6-4, 6-1, before falling to Yancy Dennis of South Carolina.  Senior Vidit Vaghela competed for UB in the Nassau Draw.

In doubles, Fridell and Vaghela picked up an early 8-7 win over Kyle Mautner and Jeff Zucker from Penn before a loss sent them into a consolation draw where they came away with an 8-6 win over Jean Thirouin and Galen Lee of Harvard.

Koay and Nittolo played in the Jadwin Doubles draw and won their opening match against David Horneffer and Max Fliegner from Dartmouth, 8-7.  Following a second round loss, they moved into the consolation bracket where they defeated Luca Wiedenmann and Andrew Rogers from Tennessee, 8-6.

"I am very proud of Ville, Ethan, Hao and Vidit for their hard work and competitive spirit this weekend," said head coach Lee Nickell. "Ville had a tremendous tournament getting to the finals, and our doubles made a big improvement compared to last week. I am excited to continue competing at All-Americans next week."

UB will continue its fall schedule this weekend when it heads to the ITA All-Americans in Tulsa, OK, where again the Bulls will face some of the nation's top talent.