The University at Buffalo women's tennis team's time in the NCAA Tournament can be summed up like this.
The Bulls showed up. They played their best. They lost.
For the second year in a row, UB's season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. And, for the second year in a row, it was a Big 10 Conference school that did in the Bulls, as Northwestern earned a 4-0 decision. Last year, the Bulls fell to Ohio State, 4-0.
On Friday in Evanston, Ill., the Wildcats became the first team since late February to defeat UB. They did it by quickly securing the doubles' point by winning two of the three doubles matches, at love (without losing a game).
Northwestern secured its next three points at first, second and sixth singles.
Erin Larner of Northwestern defeated Chantal Martinez Blanco, 6-0, 6-1 at first singles. Lee Or won at second over Tanja Stojanovska 6-0. 6-3. Rheeya Doshi defeated UB's Arianna Aldrey, 6-1, 6-1, .
UB had a one set lead in two of the other three singles matches when Northwestern secured the fourth and decisive point.
The loss was UB's first since dropping a 6-1 decision Feb. 25 at Penn State. The Bulls finished 17-4.
Northwestern (22-5) meets Kansas State (15-10) on Saturday in the second round. K-State defeated Kentucky, 4-3.
UB throwers finish 1-2 at MAC Tourney
Ryan Cribbin and Devon Patterson went 1-2 in the men's shot put for the University at Buffalo during the second day of the Mid-American Conference track and field championships at UB Stadium.
Patterson (Williamsville South) led most of the event with a throw of 59 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Cribbin passed him on his final attempt with a season-best throw of 60-1/4 to win his second MAC title in three years in the event.
This is the ninth year in a row a UB thrower has claimed first in the shot put.
There will be several Bulls competing in championship heats Saturday during the final day of the tournament. That includes Anthony Clark, who ran a personal-best 14.27 in a preliminary heat of the 110-meter hurdles. He shaved more than a second off his previous best finishing time.