One of the more stable and successful programs at UB are the tennis teams. While many of the sports have struggled the Tennis teams have been competitive in the MAC for many years. Today the men's tennis team opened up their Spring season by upsetting nationally ranked Cornell. After winning the critical doubles point, the team was able to split the six singles matches to earn the win.
The Big Red came into the day with 7-0 sweeps in the previous three meetings and a 24-0 record in the all-time series between the two. This season they were ranked 53rd in the nation in the Jan. 2 Top 75 rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Buffalo would strike first with a pair of wins in doubles play. After a quick win for the doubles team of Sebastian Ionescu and Alvarez, Cornell's 40th ranked doubles duo of Vrabel and Fleck would defeat UB. Sergio Arevallilo and Jonathan Hannestad clinched the point after a tight 6-5 win at second doubles. Pablo Alvarez provided points which allowed UB to play the Big Red even in singles play yet come out victorious in the match.
"I am so proud of this group right now. Win or lose we made it a goal to focus solely on how we competed, making sure we keep composure and swing for the fences. The doubles point ended up being huge, and for Jonathan and Sergio to beat a team that made the finals of regionals is a huge step. Cornell has always been supportive by playing us, and I feel bad their number one player got injured. But from top to bottom we competed like champions and we are happy with the result." -- UB Head Coach Lee Nickell