Women’s Tennis Set To Open Spring Season At Home

Emel Abibula

BUFFALO, NY – The two-time defending Mid-American Conference champion women's tennis team opens their spring season this weekend with a pair of matches at the Miller Tennis Center.

The Bulls will first host Niagara on Friday at 12pm and they will follow that up on Saturday by hosting Siena at 12:30 pm.

The Bulls have a veteran squad this year, which includes four seniors and two juniors. UB, which is cosched by the reigning MAC Coach of the Year Kristen Maines, is led by senior Chantal Martinez Blanco, who has been honored by the MAC in each of first three seasons, including a first team All-League selection last year.

UB also returns seniors Sanjana SudhirArianna Paules Aldrey, and Mercedes Losada Rubio and juniors Emel Abibula and Sydney Siembida.

Buffalo will look to replace to loss of All-MAC selections Tanja Stojanovska and Lolade Ogungbesan with four newcomers to this year's team.  The group is led by Nikoleta Antoniou-Karademitrou, who had an outstanding fall season, including a Flight B victory at the MAC Fall Tournament.

Singen, Germany native Pia Schwarz will also add depth to the UB lineup as she finished in third place in the Flight C singles bracket at the MAC Fall Tournament.  The Bulls also have Williamsville, NY native Gabriella Kivovich on the squad and they most recently added freshman Hsin-Yuan Shih, a native of Taiwan, who has joined Buffalo for the spring semester.

The Miller Tennis Center is located at 5959 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221