Bulls Drop Tight 4-3 Decision At Cleveland State

Ethan Nittolo & Hao Sheng Koay

CLEVELAND, OH - Despite a late comeback attempt, the University at Buffalo men's tennis team dropped a close 4-3 contest at Cleveland State on Friday afternoon.

After dropping the doubles point early, the Bulls made it a match in singles action, splitting the six singles contests with the Vikings.

Cleveland State claimed matches at one and six to take the 3-0 lead, but the Bulls then rattled off three straight beginning at fourth singles where sophomore Nickolas Frisk scored a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory to put UB on the board. Junior Hao Sheng Koay then won at third singles with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory.

Senior Ethan Nittolo overcame a first set tiebreaking loss at second singles, as he defeated Matthew Terry, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1, which tied the match up at 3-3 with fifth singles left to be played. Sophomore Valdemar Holm won his first set at five, 6-4, but then dropped the second set, 7-5.  He fought off some early breaks in the third set, but ultimately fell, 6-4.

"I am proud of our guys for fighting through a lot of adversity this afternoon and battling against a lot of things that were out of our control," said head coach Lee Nickell.  "Hao was under the weather today and for him to play the way he did just goes to show the character of guys we have on this team."

The Bulls will remain in Cleveland tomorrow where they will face Xavier at 10:00 am.