Bulls Conclude Fall At MAC Invite

Matthew Johnson

KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team concluded their fall schedule this past weekend at the MAC Invite hosted by Western Michigan University.

The weekend was highlighted by a Flight 2 win in doubles from Matthew Johnson and Valdemar Holm. After a first round victory over their competitors from Western Michigan, they added an 8-3 win over Adams and Anderson from Ball State before winning in the finals against De Negri and Kovacevic from Ball State, 8-4.

In other doubles action, freshman Simon Wibler and junior Vilhelm Fridell made it to the finals of Flight 1 with an 8-6 win in the opening round, followed another 8-6 win over Opitz and Randal of Western Michigan. Senior Ethan Nittolo and junior Hao Sheng Koay made it to the consolation final of Flight 1.

In singles action, Fridell won the consolation bracket in Flight 1 as he overcame a loss in his first match to defeat Marko Guzina from Ball State, 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 and then he won the consolation final over Kris Ortega of Northern Illinois, 7-5, 6-4.  Nittolo won his first match in the flight, but dropped his final two, finishing fourth.

Koay made it to the consolation final of Flight 2 following a 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 win over Kushaan Nath of Binghamton, while in Flight 3, Holm won his first match 6-2, 7-6 (4) before dropping his final two, finishing fourth.

Johnson and classmate Nickolas Frisk both made it to the consolation finals of Flight 4 and both of them won their final two matches of the weekend.  Johnson had a 6-3, 6-4 win over Serjen Olmedo of Toledo followed by a 7-5, 6-7 (6), 10-8 win over Mikko Malinen of Northern Illinois.  Frisk also defeated Malinen, 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 and then he defeated Olmedo, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7.

Wibler reached the finals of Flight 5 with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) win in the opener and then he had a 6-4, 6-2 win over Shao Yu Yu of Northern Illinois.  Wibler lost in three sets in the finals.

The Bulls will return to action in 2019 when they begin their spring campaign.