It wasn't as dramatic as the men's rise to the Mid-American Conference tennis championship the day before, but the third-seeded University at Buffalo women's team captured the MAC championship with a 4-2 victory over Miami of Ohio in Muncie, Ind. and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulls started the day by getting the double point, winning at No. 1 with Margarita Kotol and Tanja Stojanovska (6-4) and No. 2 with Anna Savchenko and Chantal Martinez Blanco.
UB then won four of the five singles matches. Emel Abibula won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 3 to make it 2-0. Sanjana Sudhir also won in straight sets at No. 6 to make it 3-1. After Miami had closed to 3-2, Martinez Blanco at No. 2 won a three-set match. Stojanovska wrapped it up for the Bulls with a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 victory over Nelli Ponomareva of the RedHawks. The final singles was not completed once the match was clinched.
"They have been hungry for this since we lost a heartbreaker last year in the semifinals," said UB coach Kristen Maines. " ... this team never doubted themselves from the time we arrived in Muncie. I've never coached a team with more desire. It's been a long nine years since our last championship and I'm so proud of what we accomplished this past weekend."
UB (14-8) will learn its destination for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. First round matches will be either May 12 of 13.