The historic season by the University at Buffalo men’s tennis team did not include a win in its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
National No. 11 Ohio State (26-8) ended the Bulls’ dream season, 4-0, during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Stickney Family Varsity Tennis Courts in Columbus, Ohio.
UB (12-11) had a tough assignment in its first NCAA Tournament appearance, facing an Ohio State team that’s never lost a home match during its nine times as host for the first two rounds of the Big Dance.
The Buckeyes extended their NCAA opening-round winning streak to 13 straight against a Bulls team that put up more of a fight than the final score indicates. The Bulls won just 12 games in the four matches that counted toward the score.
The Buckeyes, who have advanced beyond the first round in 15 of their 16 NCAA appearances, won first and second doubles matches to secure the doubles point and then followed by winning points at first, second and sixth singles. Once Ohio State had the four points needed to secure the win, the other three singles matches were stopped.
Still, it’s an experience the Bulls will never forget, an experience they hope to build on during the future.
“My expectation was for us to do exactly what we did – go out there and fight and let the chips fall where they may,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “I’m certainly proud of the way our guys fought. Ohio State was just a little better than us.”
Ohio State will face Vanderbilt in the next round on Saturday. Vanderbilt needed four hours to beat Notre Dame, 4-1.
Match results, Page B6.