BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team finished the season ranked eighth in the Northeast region in the final poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, while senior Ethan Nittolo finished the year ranked 20th in singles.
Considered to be one of the top regions in the nation, the Northeast region features the entire Ivy League. Buffalo was the highest non-Ivy League program ranked, coming in at eighth. Last year UB was ranked ninth in the Northeast Region and overall this is the sixth straight year UB has been ranked as a team.
UB went 11-9 on the year, finishing second in the regular season in the Mid-American Conference, advancing to the MAC semifinals. The highlight of the season was a 4-3 win over Harvard, its first ever over the Ivy League opponent. Harvard finished third in the final regional poll.
Nittolo was one of just two non-Ivy League players to be ranked by the ITA in the final regional poll. He tied for the team-lead with 20 victories as Nittolo played first singles for much of the year for the Bulls. Following the season he was awarded the Jack Vredevelt Sportsmanship Award and was named first-team All-MAC.
Nittolo is the first UB singles player ranked in the region since Damien David was ranked 19th at the end of the 2014 season.