Bulls Conclude Action At ITA All-American Championships

Hao Sheng Koay

TULSA, OK – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team concluded play at the ITA All-American Championships on Monday, playing some of the nation's top competition during the event.

Four UB players made the trip, with two of them earning multiple victories in singles action. Junior Hao Sheng Koay picked up an opening win over Guido Marson from Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-4, and then he went on to defeat Matthew Lord from Virginia, 6-4, 7-5.  Koay ended up falling in his third match, 6-4, 6-0 to Preston Touliatos of Tennessee.

Fellow junior Vilhelm Fridell won his first match 6-3, 6-1 against Facundo Tumosa of Northern Arizona and then he scored a 6-1, 7-5 win over Cotter Wilson of Ole Miss.  Fridell also fell in his third match, 6-3, 6-1, to Julian Ziobinsky from Wake Forest.

Senior Ethan Nittolo won his opening match 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 against Lucca Silva of Tennessee Tech before falling in his second match against Jake Sands of USC.  Newcomer Valdemar Holm lost in his opening match in three sets to Dominic West of New Mexico, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The Bulls put forth some impressive results in doubles as well as Nittolo and Koay were able to take the first set against their Big Ten opponents from Ohio State before falling in their qualifying round match, 3-6, 6-2, 10-4. In UB's other doubles match, Holm and Fridell dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision against their opponents from Ole Miss.

"The All-American tournament gave us an opportunity to compete against the best teams in the country and I am pleased with our performances overall this weekend," said head coach Lee Nickell.  "We had some very good wins on Saturday, but we are struggling to maintain our level for more than one day. We have learned a lot and now we will focus on our preparation for the ITA Regional Tournament in two weeks."

The ITA Regionals will begin on October 11 and will take place on the campus of Princeton University.