Mike Rockman Becomes All-Time Singles Wins Leader

Men's tennis team sweeps singles vs. Boston University and Tufts

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HANOVER, NH – University at Buffalo senior Mike Rockman (Toronto, Ontario/Thornlea) became the all-time winningest singles player in team history on Saturday as the Bulls opened play at the Dartmouth Vokl Shootout.

UB scored five singles wins each over Boston University and Tufts and went 7-2 in three doubles matches against both schools as well as Williams College in the hidden duals format competition.

Rockman, playing in the number one slot, defeated Boston University’s Barrett Wolf, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to tie the school record of 69 singles wins in a career. Rockman powered past Tufts’ Corey Keller on Saturday, 6-1, 6-1, to pass former player and current UB assistant coach Nick Zieziula to claim the top spot with his 70th career victory.

The remainder of UB’s singles lineup each picked up two wins apiece against the Terriers and Jumbos. Number two Nikesh Singh Panthlia (George Town, Malaysia/BMK Penang Free School), number three Octavian Stane (Toronto, Ontario/Leaside) and number four Yules Hadisubroto (Jakarta, Indonesia/SMUN 21) each scored straight set wins in both their matches. Eric Rothstein (Phoenixville, PA/Great Valley) also won two matches, including a third-set super-tiebreaker win over Boston University’s Hans Sapra, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Stane and Singh Panthlia led the UB doubles attack with three victories in the tournament, going undefeated for the weekend. The duo’s stiffest test was on Saturday as they survived a 9-7 win over the Williams pair of Nick Lebedoff and Bret Thacher. Due to the lack of an available UB partner, Rothstein played three doubles matches with Dartmouth’s Charlie Dunn. The makeshift duo went 2-1 in the number three slot.

Play concludes on Sunday with a singles match against Division III powerhouse Williams at 10:30 am.


UB results

Friday singles vs. Boston University

1 Mike Rockman (UB) d. Barrett Wolf (BU), 6-2, 6-3

2 Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB) d. Miron Nissim (BU), 6-2, 6-2

3 Octavian Stane (UB) d. Guilio Gallarotti (BU), 6-3, 6-2

4 Yules Hadisubroto (UB) d. Tim Sichler (BU), 6-0, 6-1

5 Eric Rothstein (UB) d. Hans Sapra (BU), 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)


Friday doubles vs. Boston University

1 Barrett Wolf/Guilio Gallarotti (BU) d. Mike Rockman/Yules Hadisubroto (UB), 8-6

2 Octavian Stane/Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB) d. Miron Nissim/Jeff Chudacoff (BU), 8-6

3 Eric Rothstein/Charlie Dunn (UB/Dartmouth) d. Hans Sapra/Tim Sichler (BU), 8-2


Saturday singles vs. Tufts

1 Mike Rockman (UB) d. Corey Keller (T), 6-1, 6-1

2 Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB) d. Vinh Tran (T), 7-6 (2), 6-0

3 Octavian Stane (UB) d. Craig Kunkes (T), 6-3, 6-3

4 Yules Hadisubroto (UB) d. Andrew Rosen (T), 6-2, 6-0

5 Eric Rothstein (UB) d. Bryan Wilner (T), 7-5, 6-2


Saturday doubles vs. Tufts

1 Mike Rockman/Yules Hadisubroto (UB) d. John Trott/Geoff Co (T), 8-2

2 Octavian Stane/Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB) d. Corey Keller/Craig Kunkes (T), 8-1

3 Eric Rothstein/Charlie Dunn (UB/Dartmouth) d. Vinh Tran/Bryan Wilner (T), 8-4


Saturday doubles vs. Williams

1 Mike Rockman/Yules Hadisubroto (UB) d. Dan Greenberg/Gary Simonette (W), 8-6

2 Octavian Stane/Nikesh Singh Panthlia (UB) d. Nick Lebedoff/Bret Thacher (W), 9-7

3 Ted Haley/Jeremy Weinberger (W) d. Eric Rothstein/Charlie Dunn (UB/Dartmouth), 8-2


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