BUFFALO, NY – After a strong fall semester both on the courts and in the classroom, the University at Buffalo men's tennis team will open spring action on Sunday morning at Harvard. The match is set to begin at 10am.
The Bulls played a tough fall schedule that saw them play some of the best tennis players across the nation. Senior Ethan Nittolo led Buffalo in singles action this fall as he scored 10 victories, two more than junior Vilhelm Fridell, who went 8-4. In all, six of the eight Buffalo players had at least five wins during the fall.
UB excelled in doubles, finishing with a 24-18 record during the fall competition. Trying out 14 different combinations, sophomores Matthew Johnson and Valdemar Holm remained undefeated through the fall season at a perfect 5-0. Holm proved he is a strong doubles player regardless of his partner as he also went 4-1 with Nittolo and 2-0 with freshman Simon Wibler.
The successes continued in the classroom where the men's tennis team finished first amongst men's programs with a 3.315 GPA during the fall semester. Not only was that the highest amongst men's teams, but it was also the most improved GPA from spring 2018 to fall 2018 amongst all teams. Johnson led the way for the Bulls with a perfect 4.0 in the fall.
"We have had a great two weeks of training and cannot wait to get back at it tomorrow against Harvard," said head coach Lee Nickell. "We definitely have the personnel to do special things this year, but our goals won't come to fruition if we don't compete every point."
Sunday will mark the first dual match for both Buffalo and Harvard. Fans can watch live on ESPN+ and they can also get updates on Twitter by following @UBmenstennis.