The University at Buffalo dropped a 4-0 decision to Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA men's tennis tournament on Friday afternoon. The match was played was played at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas - the Aggies' home court.
The match consisted of six singles matches and three doubles matches. The team that won two of three doubles matches earned one point, while each singles match was worth a point. That made it a best-of-seven competition. The match ended when one team had taken four points.
Willhelm Fridell and Petr Vodak won their doubles match, 6-3, over Jordi Aronada and Hady Habib of Texas A&M. Fridell was close to winning his singles match, as he had a 7-5, 5-3 lead over Valentin Vacherot when the competition ended.
The UB women take their turn in the national spotlight on Saturday. The Bulls will play Ohio State in Columbus at noon. The Buckeyes are the third seed in the tournament. UB has won eight matches in a row and are 14-8 overall. Notre Dame and Kansas are also part of the Columbus regional; those teams will be matched immediately following the UB-Ohio State competition.
Patterson takes MAC shot put title
The Mid-American Conference’s outdoor track championships continued on Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich., and so did the University at Buffalo’s domination of the shot put. Junior Devon Patterson recorded a distance of 58 feet, 5.75 inches to win the event. The Bulls have taken the shot put at this competition eight straight times. Patterson finished five inches ahead of David Paliscak of Kent State. Maurice Harris of Akron was in third place.
Patterson improved in all five of his legal throws; he had one foul. Former UB standout Jonathan Jones still has the record in this competition, setting the record in 2015.
In the men’s decathlon, UB’s Mike Morgan picked up a second-place finish with 7,166 points. He finished a little less than 500 points behind TJ Lawson of Kent State.
UB’s men’s team is in fifth place in the competition, while the Buffalo women are in eighth. The event climaxes on Saturday. Akron leads both the men’s and women’s competitions after two days.