Bulls Fall to Stony Brook, Cornell in Heartbreakers
Two 4-3 losses in Ithaca extended the University at Buffalo's men's tennis team’s winless streak to four matches as the Bulls fell to SUNY-rival Stony Brook on Saturday and Ivy League foe Cornell on Sunday. The Bulls are 4-6 in dual meet play as they head for Florida for next week’s spring break matches.
Hadisubroto Scores Singles Wins Over Seawolves, Big Red
In UB’s 12 singles matches over the weekend, only one player emerged with more than one victory. Senior Yules Hadisubroto (Jakarta, Indonesia/SMUN 21) scored wins in the number four matches against both Stony Brook and Cornell. Against Stony Brook on Saturday, Hadisubroto needed three sets to down Ilan Shvartz, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4. On Sunday, Hadisubroto had an easier time disposing of Cornell’s Joshua Goldstein, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The wins improve Hadisubroto’s singles record this season to 13-10 and he is 4-2 when playing in the number four slot. The only other wins the Bulls picked up in singles play over the weekend were both in the number two matches as Mike Rockman (Toronto, Ontario/Thornlea) defeated Stony Brook’s Nihal Advani on Saturday and Nikesh Singh Panthlia (George Town, Malaysia/BMK Penang Free School) knocked off Cornell’s Dan Brous in three sets on Sunday. Brous had entered the spring season ranked 17th in the Northeast Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Kirill Kolomytes Komes Klose
Freshman Kirill Kolomytes (Moscow, Russia/Moscow High School 155) went to three sets in both his matches in Ithaca in what proved to be the deciding contest on both days. On Saturday he fought Stony Brook’s Youssef Fassi-Fehri for three sets. Kolomytes won the opening set, 7-5, but lost in a second-set tiebreaker to set up the deciding final set in which Fassi-Fehri was able to break Kolomytes and score a 6-2 decision. On Sunday, Kolomytes again faced a three-set duel against Cornell’s Kyle Doppelt. Kolomytes and Doppelt split the opening sets with each scoring a 6-3 win. The final set went to a tiebreaker with Kolomytes leading 6-4 and serving for the match before Doppelt rallyed to take five of the next six points for the 9-7 decision.
Rockman Wins Eighth Straight in Doubles
The Bulls earned the doubles point in both matches over the weekend as the bottom two combinations of Nikesh Singh Panthlia and Octavian Stane (Toronto, Ontario/Leaside) and Mike Rockman and Albert Alant (Pretoria, South Africa/Niskayuna (NY)) scored a pair of victories apiece. Doubles has been UB’s strong suit throughout the dual meet season as the Bulls have claimed the opening point in eight of 10 matches this season. Sunday’s win over Cornell’s Weston Nichols and Bryant Yung by Rockman and Alant was the duo's fourth-straight win and Rockman's eighth consecutive doubles victory of the year. Rockman and Alant are 6-1 as a tandem this season, while Rockman leads all players with 16 doubles victories this season.