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College Power 10: UB pulls off NCAA double in tennis

The University at Buffalo scored a Mid-American Conference tennis sweep over the weekend and tops this week’s College Power 10.

1. UB men’s tennis. Coach Lee Nickell’s team reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years with a 4-3 win over Western Michigan in the MAC final. The Bulls went unbeaten (7-0) in the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed but needed to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the title match, 4-3. Each of the final three matches were comeback wins for the Bulls, by freshman Villhelm Fridell at No. 4 singles, freshman Filip Grbic at No. 3 singles and sophomore Ethan Nittolo at No. 6 singles. UB learns where it will play its first-round NCAA Tournament match on Tuesday.

2. UB women’s tennis. The squad became the first UB women’s team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for a second time by beating Miami Ohio, 4-2, in the MAC title match. The Bulls also made it in 2008. UB’s top three singles players (Tanja Stojanovska, Chantal Martinez Blanco and Emel Abibula) each won their matches, and UB won all three doubles matches. Stojanovska and Margarita Kotok improved to 26-6 at first doubles. Coach Kristen Maines’ team also finds out its NCAA pairing Tuesday.

3. Canisius women’s lacrosse. The Golden Griffins stretched their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season win streak to 24 games. Canisius is 13-4 overall and 8-0 in league. It is the No. 1 seed for the MAAC Tournament and hosts Niagara at 8 p.m. Friday in a semifinal.

4. UB’s Mason Schreck. The tight end became the eighth UB player drafted in the last 10 years when Cincinnati took him in the seventh round. He was the 14th tight end taken.

5. St. Bona’s Aaron Phillips. The junior from Cleveland Hill is the ace of the pitching staff and is a strong candidate for the major league entry draft in June. Phillips is 7-0 with a 3.11 earned-run average. He has 65 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched. Bona stands 22-15 overall and 12-6 in the Atlantic 10.

6. Niagara CCC baseball. The Jayhawks stand 33-7 and have won seven straight heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. Zarley Cina stands second in Region III in runs batted in with 37. David Lyskawa (Williamsville North) is second in strikeouts with 67.

7. Erie CC baseball. The Kats have won nine straight to improve to 22-22 overall and 14-10 in Region III. During the winning streak, Ken Ruggerio (Kenmore East) led the team in hits with 14, co-led in RBI and finished second in runs with eight.

8. Daemen triathlon. Jennifer Igoe finished first in the 20-24 age bracket at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon at St. Petersburg, Fla. Nicole Geiger (Orchard Park) placed second in the 20-24 group. Igoe finished a 750-meter open-water swim, a 20K cycling leg and a 5K run in 1:22:48. Geiger’s time was 1:25:01.

9. Niagara women’s lacrosse. Rachel MacCheyne scored six goals in a 16-4 quarterfinal win over Monmouth to send Niagara (9-9) into a semifinal meeting with Canisius.

10. Niagara’s Sierra Bertrand. The sophomore pitched the first no-hitter for the Purple Eagles softball team since 2013 when she led Niagara to a 2-0 win over Marist on Saturday.

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