Tonawanda News

February 8, 2006

UB’s Ortman earns two tennis victories

By Jay Skurski

North Tonawanda, NY — Amherst native Kristen Ortman and partner Natalie Dean picked up an 8-3 win over the Cleveland State team of Kristin Chamberlain and Lindsay Sellers to help the Bulls earn a 7-0 victory Sunday. The win kept UB (3-0) unbeaten on the season, while dropping Cleveland State to 6-4.

Ortman, a graduate of Amherst High School, also needed just 40 minutes to defeat Jenn Myers in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

The Bulls next face Syracuse University at 4 p.m. Friday before taking on Colgate at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be played at Syracuse University.

- Women’s basketball: The host Ball State Cardinals outscored Buffalo 42-29 in the second half en route to a 70-56 victory Saturday afternoon.

Brooke Meunier led the Bulls (7-13 overall, 2-7 Mid-American Conference) with 20 points, while sophomore Stephanie Bennett added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Freshman Jamie Schiebner added a game-high 10 rebounds for her second straight double-digit rebound performance.

UB looks to right the ship at 7 p.m. today when it hosts Central Michigan in Alumni Arena. The Bulls are then on the road at 2 p.m. Saturday, traveling to Western Michigan.

- Women’s swimming: UB finished up its regular season with a 123-105 loss at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The Bulls (3-8, 0-7) had four first-place finishers in the meet, as Rachel Sorg took first in the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 11.71 seconds. Julie Marcotte touched first in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.11), while Jennifer Skerker collected her first win of the season, finishing the 500 freestyle in 5:28.13.

Freshmen Megan Stratton and Tess Johnson placed first and second in the diving competition, respectively.

The Bulls conclude the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday with a meet against Cornell. Tonawanda High School graduate Jackie English will swim her last meet for the Bulls.

- Wrestling: In one of the most anticipated matches of the year, Kyle Cerminara lost a closely-contested bout with Central Michigan’s Wynn Michalak on Saturday.

Cerminara, a Lewiston-Porter graduate, and Michalak fought closely and both feel out of bounds with 15 seconds remaining. With five seconds left Cerminara was able to earn an escape, but didn’t have enough time to register a takedown that would have given him the winning points.

The Bulls (9-4, 2-2) finish their MAC slate with a match at 7 p.m. Friday at Kent State.

- Men’s tennis: The Bulls didn’t compete last week and also don’t have anything scheduled this week.