Junior Sergio Arevalillo at sixth singles was the hero Saturday of the University at Buffalo’s triumph in the Mid-American Conference men’s tennis championship in Aurora, Ill.
Trailing, 5-1, in the third set against Frenk Kote of Binghamton, Arevallillo rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory to give the Bulls the winning point in a 4-2 victory in the championship match played indoors because of rain.
Binghamton got off to a 2-0 lead, winning the doubles point and the first singles before Pablo Alvarez, Jonathan Hannestad and Amar Hromic scored in singles to put the Bulls in front, 3-2. That made it come down to Arevalillo’s point, and he came through.
UB reached the final by upsetting host and No. 1 seed Northern Illinois on Friday, 4-2.
Alvarez, named Most Outstanding Player, and Hromic made the All-Tournament team.
UB earned the MAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA championships.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: Niagara rolled past Fairfield, 6-0, to advance to Sunday’s finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament in West Windsor, N.J.
The No. 2-seed Purple Eagles (11-7) will bring a six-match winning streak into the championship match against No. 1 Quinnipiac.
Stella Peisakhova’s victory at No. 4 singles closed out the match for Niagara.
Niagara last won the MAAC title in 2005.
LACROSSE: The season is over for the Canisius men and Niagara women. The Golden Griffins (3-12, 2-4 MAAC) lost, 11-6, at Detroit in a game it needed to advance to the MAAC playoffs.
In his final game for the Griffs, senior Tim Edwards had two goals and an assist and finished his career with 65 goals and 80 assists for 145 points. … Niagara fell at Monmouth, 14-9, in the MAAC quarterfinals.
SOFTBALL: Michelle DelPrince hit a home run and a triple for five RBIs in the nightcap and Madi Weathers pitched a two-hitter for five innings as Canisius (21-14, 10-2 MAAC) swept a doubleheader from Saint Peter’s, 10-2 and 9-0, at the Demske Sports Complex.
TRACK: The University at Buffalo’s Ryan Bellian was fifth in the 100 meters (10.53) and Austin Price was 12th in the triple jump (47-10.5) Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.