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NCAA Tennis: UB men get Texas A&M, UB women get Ohio State

The University at Buffalo men’s tennis team will face Texas A&M, and the UB women’s tennis team will meet Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament next week.

The UB men and women each qualified for the respective 64-team Division I fields by winning the Mid-American Conference titles last week.

UB’s men drew the No. 12 seed in the event and will visit College Station, Texas, for a match at 3 p.m. May 12. UB’s women drew the No. 3 overall seed and will meet the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, at noon on May 13.

“It’s an indescribable feeling to sit and wait for your name to be called,” said UB men’s coach Lee Nickell at a selection party at the Miller Tennis Center. “The fact we are going someplace outside of the region and out of the Midwest is super exciting. . . . We’ve competed with two teams in the top 25 this year. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

It’s the second time in three years UB’s men have made the NCAAs. UB (14-5) went 9-0 in the MAC this season. Texas A&M (29-6) is making its 24th consecutive trip to the NCAAs. Wake Forest is the No. 1 men’s seed, and two-time defending champion Virginia is the No. 2 seed.

Nickell on Monday was named MAC coach of the year for the third time since 2010. UB freshman Hao Sheng Koay was named first-team all-MAC. Earning second-team honors for UB were junior Vidit Vaghela and freshmen Filip Grbic and Villhelm Fridell.

The Ohio State women (28-2) are two-time Big 10 Conference champions and are making their fourth straight NCAA appearance. UB (14-8) claimed its first MAC title since 2008. Florida is the No. 1 women’s seed and North Carolina No. 2.

“They’re a powerhouse,” said UB coach Kristen Maines. “To get them first round is exciting. The girls were hoping for someplace warm but I think once they get to Ohio State and see what it’s like it will be quite the experience.”

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