Bulls Split To Open St. Bonaventure Duals

UB men's tennis defeats Rochester, falls to Binghamton

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - The University at Buffalo men's tennis team began the spring 2003 campaign with a split of two matches after the first day of the St. Bonaventure 5-1 Duals. UB opened the meet with a 5-2 loss to Binghamton but rallied to take a 7-0 shutout over Rochester to complete the day. UB is now 2-2 in dual matches which includes last fall's results.

Photo of Randy Rocchio
Randy Rocchio
The format of the matches is one doubles match, counting two points, followed by five singles matches, worth a point apiece. In the opener against Binghamton, UB picked up singles wins from Rannga Prahudha at number four and Randy Rocchio (East Amherst, NY/Williamsville East) at number five. Prahudha defeated Rodrigo Valle, 6-3, 6-4. Rocchio picked up a "double-bagel" victory, blanking Jordan Steinberg, 6-0, 6-0.

In the nightcap, the doubles duo of Nick Zieziula (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) and Rohan Raikar (Albany, NY/Albany) defeated Rochester's Brian Shenker and Ariel Almog, 6-1, 6-1, to open the match.

UB then swept all five singles matches, including a pair that went to 10-point tiebreakers. At number one, Fery Kasiman (Jakarta, Indonesia/ESI International Academy) defeated Anash Reddy, 7-5, 6-2. Josh Liederman (Queens Village, NY/Benjamin Cardozo) scored a tiebreaker win, defeating Colin Ryan at number two, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5. Rocchio, at number three, knocked off Dan Williford, 6-2, 6-2. Prahudha, at number four, defeated Dan Schoenberr, 6-3, 6-4 and Ivan Chamdani rallied from a set down to defeat Josh Bruce-Black, 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.

The squad is back in action tomorrow with a pair of matches against Niagara and St. Bonaventure.


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