KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo men's tennis team opened a two-match weekend in Kalamazoo with a 5-2 loss to Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan, ranked 50th in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Bulls are now 4-11 (0-2 in the MAC). Western Michigan improved to 12-7 (2-0 MAC).
UB's lone victories came in singles matches and both were decided in third-set super-tiebreakers. In the number four match, senior Yules Hadisubroto (Jakarta, Indonesia/SMUN 21) knocked off Alex Birchmeier. Hadisubroto won the first set in a tiebreaker and then scored a 10-6 win in the third-set super-tiebreaker for his 14th singles win of the year.
On Saturday, UB faces Kalamazoo College, one of the top-ranked schools in Division III. The match is slated to start at 10:00 am.
#50 Western Michigan 5, Buffalo 2
1 #40 Alex Birchmeier/Bryan Norville (WMU) d. Yules Hadisubroto/Kirill Kolomytes (UB), 8-4
2 #85 Tim Bradshaw/Kevin Hayward (WMU) d. Nikesh Singh Panthlia/Octavian Stane (UB), 8-1
3 Brady Crosby/John Pelton (WMU) d. Albert Alant/Mike Rockman, (UB), 8-0
Order of finish: 3 2 1
1 #158 Brady Crosby (WMU) d. Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB), 6-2, 6-1
2 Tim Bradshaw (WMU) d. Mike Rockman (UB), 6-3, 6-4
3 Kevin Hayward (WMU) d. Kirill Kolomytes (UB), 6-1, 6-1
4 Yules Hadisubroto (UB) d. Alex Birchmeier (WMU), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
5 Albert Alant (UB) d. Bryan Norville (WMU), 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
6 John Pelton (WMU) d. Octavian Stane (UB), 7-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 1 3 2 5 4 6