It was a relatively light Sunday in UB Athletics-world, and relatively busy in Bull Run world. So we're catching up a day late on two of the weekend's teams.
While we were all concerned about basketball, Western Michigan Men's Tennis, already the preseason pick to win the conference, took a big step forward and snuck into the national rankings. UB got a good rivalry win over Binghamton, but then had to turn around in 48 hours and face the top team in the conference so far.
It certainly didn't start well, as Buffalo quickly ceded the doubles point with a 6-1 loss at #2 and a 6-0 loss at #3. Sergio Arevalillo momentarily tied the team score at one with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #2 singles, but the other two straight-set matches went WMU's way and put the Broncos on the brink of a win.
Only Pablo Alvarez of the remaining three matches got a victory, and the Bulls went down 5-2. It wasn't the most lopsided match you'll ever see, as UB got to a third set at #1 and #4 singles and very nearly forced one at #5, but it was still a commanding win for Western Michigan.
UB hosts Toledo this coming Saturday. A win is critical considering the Broncos return to Amherst the following weekend.
1. Amar Hromic/Pablo Alvarez (UB) vs. Daniel Loebel/Ruben Greiner (WMU), DNF
2. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Akhil Mehta/Tony Miller (UB), 6-1
3. Jefta Kecic/Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Sergio Arevalillo/Ethan Nittolo (UB), 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 2
1. Jefta Kecic (WMU) def. Amar Hromic (UB), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Pablo Alvarez (UB) def. Maik Steiner (WMU), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
3. Sergio Arevalillo (UB) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Akhil Mehta (UB) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
5. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. Ethan Nittolo (UB) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Daniel Loebel (WMU) def. Tony Miller (UB) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 6, 5, 1, 4, 2
Track and Field
Undesirable weather in the mid-Atlantic stretched to the Carolinas Saturday and put a heck of a damper on Track and Field results, but UB still saw the second half of their entries get a first shot at outdoor competition this season.
The 4x100 relays were the highlight of the day, as the Women (White, Long, Beasley, Forbes) took first and the Men (Johnson, Gali, Fuller, Moore) second. UB had no entries in either 4x400 relay or 200 meter dash. Kyla Kenyon finished fourth and Treyvon Mask twelfth in their respective 400 meter hurdles.
Craig Kaiser and Tom Meehan went 2-3 in the 800, with Justin VanEpps coming in 7th. A handful more Bulls for both teams also came in further down the standings. There were no entries in either 3000 meter run.
Alum Chris Reape won the high jump, while current Bull Laurent Dure finished fourth. Christian Doherty and Austin Price both finished top-ten in the long jump, and Jen Thill failed to clear a height in the pole vault.
The shot put excitement came on Day One, but in the discus Taylor Woods earned a seventh-place finish on the Women's side.
A light weekend, for sure, for Track and Field. The Bulls head to Gainesville for the Florida Relays in two weekends.