HANOVER, NH - The University at Buffalo men's tennis team had a solid weekend at the Dartmouth Invitational, posting several solid results over the three-day tournament.
The singles play was dominated by senior Ethan Nittolo, who won his flight with three straight wins. He opened the weekend with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Constantin Zoske of Harvard and followed that up with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Roko Glasnovic of Dartmouth. Nittolo completed the weekend sweep as he defeated Michael Sun from Yale in the finals, 6-3, 6-3.
Sophomore transfer Valdemar Holm picked up a 7-6, 6-1 win in his flight, while sophomore Matthew Johnson made it all the way to finals of his flight. Johnson won his opening match 6-1, 6-3 over David Bogatin of Boston University and then he won 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 against Samuel Beren of Harvard to advance to the finals where he fell 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 to Gilbert Jaeger from Dartmouth.
Freshman Simon Wibler also picked up a singles win with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Marc Sable from Boston University.
The team of Nittolo and Holm won their flight in doubles beginning with an 8-4 win over their opponents from Yale. They moved on to the semifinals where they won 8-4 against a duo from Brown and then in the finals they won 8-2 over the host team of John Speicher and Pierce Widdecombe of Dartmouth.
In the other doubles flight, Wibler and Jonah Murphy won their opening match 8-4 over Owen Lu and Max Hartenstein of Harvard, while Johnson and Frisk won their opening match 8-7, advancing to the finals of their respective flight.
"This weekend turned out to be exactly what the coaching staff needed to see out of our group," said head coach Lee Nickell. "The mental toughness that all of our student athletes displayed in both wins and losses makes me feel confident that we are on the right path. Ethan Nittolo played inspired singles and doubles capitalizing on what we have been working on this fall. We also saw Matthew Johnson start to settle into his game style and close out matches he would have lost earlier this year. Tony and I are fired up to get back on court these next few weeks to prepare for the final tournament of the fall at Western."
The Bulls will close out the fall at the MAC Invite in Kalamazoo, MI beginning on Friday, November 9.