April 28, 2005
Note: Story courtesy of Buffalo sports information
KALAMAZOO, MI - The University at Buffalo opened the Mid-American Conference Men's Tennis Tournament with a convincing 4-0 win over IPFW on Thursday afternoon at Western Michigan's Sorensen Courts.
The third-seeded Bulls (9-8) wasted little time of disposing of the Mastodons (8-18) scoring a pair easy doubles victories to open the match with a 1-0 lead. UB's first doubles tandem of Nick Zieziula (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis) and Yules Hadisubroto (Jakarta, Indonesia/SMUN 21) defeated Landry Nzudie and Nabil Mourad Filho by an 8-2 count. The Bulls clinched the point when the number three team of Albert Alant (Pretoria, South Africa/Niskayuna (NY)) and Matt Kennedy (Mississauga, Ontario/Erindale) downed Sam Rocke and Daniel Jackson, 8-3. Once the doubles point had been secured, the number two match was stopped before completion.
UB scored the three necessary singles wins in straight sets to close the match. Zieziula rolled past Nzudie, 6-0, 6-2, at number one. Mike Rockman (Toronto, Ontario/Thornlea), at number two, knocked off Mourad Filho, 6-0, 6-3. Fourth singles player Josh Liederman (Queens Village, NY/Benjamin Cardozo) defeated Ian Leonhardt in convincing fashion, 6-2, 6-2. Liederman gained a measure of revenge with his victory on Thursday. In their previous meeting on April 16, Liederman fell to Leonhardt in a second-set tiebreaker.
Singles matches for Hadisubroto, at number three, Kennedy, at number five, and Alant, at number six, were stopped when the Bulls clinched the victory.
In Thursday's other quarterfinal match, fourth-seeded Northern Illinois defeated fifth-seeded Toledo, 4-1.
The Bulls advance to the MAC semifinals for the second consecutive year. UB faces second-seeded Western Michigan on the Broncos' home court on Friday at 2:00 pm. Northern Illinois meets top-seeded Ball State at 10:00 am in Friday's other semifinal. The winners meet for the MAC title and the automatic NCAA Championships berth on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
Quarterfinal #1; No. 3 Buffalo 4, No. 6 IPFW 0
Tennis Match Results
Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne vs Buffalo
4/28/2005 at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Buffalo 4, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne 0
1. Nick Zieziula (BUFFALO) def. Landry Nzudie (IPFW) 6-0, 6-2
2. Mike Rockman (BUFFALO) def. Nabil Mourad Filho (IPFW) 6-0, 6-3
3. Yules Hadisubroto (BUFFALO) vs. Carlos Gonzalez (IPFW) unfinished
4. Josh Liederman (BUFFALO) def. Ian Leonhardt (IPFW) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matthew Kennedy (BUFFALO) vs. Sam Rocke (IPFW) unfinished
6. Albert Alant (BUFFALO) vs. Daniel Jackson (IPFW) unfinished
1. Nick Zieziula/Yules Hadisubroto (BUFFALO) def. Landry Nzudie/Nabil Mourad Filho (IPFW) 8-2
2. Mike Rockman/Josh Liederman (BUFFALO) vs. Carlos Gonzalez/Ian Leonhardt (IPFW) unfinished
3. Albert Alant/Matthew Kennedy (BUFFALO) def. Sam Rocke/Daniel Jackson (IPFW) 8-3
Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne 8-18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,4,2)
MAC Championship Quarterfinals - No. 6 IPFW vs. No. 3 Buffalo
Buffalo advances to face No. 2 Western Michigan in semifinals at 2 p.m. on 4/29.
Note: Story courtesy of Northern Illinois sports information
KALAMAZOO, MI - A gutsy doubles victory by Willy Gali and Mark Tate in the No. 1 spot kickstarted the Northern Illinois University men's tennis team and spurred the Huskies to a 4-1 win over the University of Toledo in quarterfinal action at the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday (Apr. 28).
After the two squads split the first two doubles matches of the day, Gali (Barcelona, Spain, Ies Avsias March) and Tate (The Woodlands, TX / Oak Ridge) got locked up in a dogfight for the tandem point with Travis Curran and Tony Tran in the No. 1 spot. When the duos battled to an 8-8 deadlock, a tiebreaker went into effect, and the Huskie pairing was able to escape, winning the extra set 7-5 to secure the first team point of the day for NIU.
The momentum carried over as three of the top four players in the Huskie singles lineup posted straight-set victories to lock up the meet. Gali continued his winning ways, earning his 21st consecutive solo victory with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Josh Moran at No. 1. Tate also notched an impressive win, topping Freddy Gomez 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2.
"We played pretty well today," NIU head coach Pontus Hiort said. "We did a good job keeping our focus scoring big points when we absolutely had to."
UT tried to mount a comeback behind Chris Clark, who took home a two-set victory of his own in the No. 5 spot, but true freshman Alex Friesen (Vancouver, British Columbia / Burnaby Central Secondary) proved to be the difference. Friesen's 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 win over Curran at No. 4 sealed the match and sent the Huskies on to the semifinals.
NIU will play in the MAC semis for the fourth consecutive season, meeting up with No. 1 seed Ball State University for the second straight year. The Huskies and Cardinals hooked up for one of the most exciting meets of last year's MAC Tournament when, after losing the doubles point, NIU bounced back to win at each of the top four singles flights to upset BSU and advance to the league championship match. First serve of this year's edition of the ongoing rivalry is scheduled for 10 a.m. (EDT).
Quarterfinal #2; No. 4 Northern Illinois 4, No. 5 Toledo 1
Tennis Match Results Toledo vs Northern Illinois
4/28/2005 at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Northern Illinois 4, Toledo 1
1. Willy Gali (NIU) def. Josh Moran (UT) 6-1, 6-1
2. Erick Martinez (NIU) vs. Tony Tran (UT) unfinished
3. Mark Tate (NIU) def. Freddy Gomez (UT) 6-0, 6-2
4. Alex Friesen (NIU) def. Travis Curran (UT) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. Chris Clark (UT) def. Adam Ford (NIU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU) vs. Christobal Toral (UT) unfinished
1. Willy Gali/Mark Tate (NIU) def. Travis Curran/Tony Tran (UT) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Erick Martinez/Alex Friesen (NIU) def. Freddy Gomez/Christobal Toral (UT) 8-3
3. Josh Moran/Brian Rager (UT) def. Adam Ford/Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU) 8-6
Northern Illinois 13-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,5,4)
MAC Championship Quarterfinal No. 2 - No. 4 NIU vs. No. 5 Toledo
NIU advances to face No. 1 Ball State in semifinals at 10 a.m. on Friday.