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UB tennis draws Ohio State in NCAAs

The University at Buffalo’s men’s tennis team drew 12th ranked Ohio State as its first round opponent on May 8 in Columbus, Ohio. The Bulls wrapped up their first NCAA team bid ever by winning the Mid-American Conference tournament last weekend in Aurora, Ill. UB defeated Binghamton, 4-2, in the championship match after upsetting the No. 1 seed and host Northern Illinois.

Junior Sergio Arevalillo came back from a 5-1 deficit in the third set to capture the singles victory UB needed to clinch the match against Binghamton.

UB (12-10) never has faced Ohio State in men’s tennis. The Buckeyes (25-8) had won nine matches in a row before a 4-0 loss to Illinois in the Big Ten championship match.

“To see Ohio State’s name up there is a great opportunity for us,” said UB coach Lee Nickell. … I certainly expect us to get out there and stretch them.”

Five Bulls have tallied 15 or more singles victories this season with Pablo Alvarez, the MAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, leading with 26. Other UB singles records are: Damien David (21), Jonathan Hannestad (20) and Arevalillo (18).