Bulls Fall At Duquesne, 4-3

Sanjana Sudhir

HARMER, PA – The University at Buffalo women's tennis team dropped their first match of the season on Friday afternoon as the Bulls lost a 4-3 heartbreaker at Duquesne.  UB is now 3-1 on the year.

The Bulls took the doubles point early with victories as first and third doubles.  After Duquesne won at second doubles, UB came back with a victory at third from the duo of Hsin-yuan Shih and Emel Abibula, 6-3.  Buffalo then clinched the point at first doubles as the team of Chantal Martinez Blanco and Nikoleta Antoniou-Karademitrou won, 7-5.

The Dukes got the better of the action in singles, winning four of the six matches to clinch the match.  The Bulls did get on the board first in singles as senior Sanjana Sudhir scored a 6-2, 6-2 win at six to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. Duquesne then answered with wins at four, one, and five to take the 3-2 lead.

The Bulls stayed alive as Antoniou-Karademitrou won at second singles, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 to tie the match up at 3-3 with just third singles left to finish.  Freshman Pia Schwarz squared off with Duquesne redshirt senior Maddy Adams in the final match.  Adams took the first set 6-2 before the newcomer Schwarz fought back to win 7-5 in the second set.  Adams got out to a 3-0 lead in the third, but Schwarz picked up a break and tied it back up at 3-3. After Adams held serve to take a 4-3 lead, the next three games were all breaks, including a final break for Adams and the Dukes.

The Bulls will remain in the area and will face Towson tomorrow at 4:00 pm.