Miller, Lin capture Orville’s $5,000 Winter MUNY Doubles title at MTC
Seventeen-year-old Tony Miller, son of Miller Tennis Center owners Todd and Debbie Miller, teamed up with Columbia University’s Winston Lin to defeat University at Buffalo men’s head coach Lee Nickell and Davidson College first singles player, Joe Schafer, 6-4, 6-2, to capture the Orville’s Home Appliances $5,000 Winter MUNY Tennis Doubles championships held Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Miller Tennis Center.
In semifinal action, Miller and Lin defeated UB players Vusa Hove and Nick Sarles, while Nickell and Schafer bested the duo of Boris Borovcanin and Alex Parker.
In the latest NCAA Division I national doubles rankings, Schafer and Lin are ranked with their partners, 19th and 46th, respectively.
There were 225 entrants in what is believed to be the greatest number of participants ever for a three-day tournament in the Buffalo area.
The veteran team of Cristen Kessler and Kristin Janese defeated Tina Miller — older sister of Tony who will be a scholarship player in the fall at Roberts Wesleyan — and Catie Wickline — a senior at West Virginia University — 6-4, 6-2, to claim the women’s open doubles crown.
In the open mixed doubles championships final, Nickell and Kelly Brown — a Buffalo Tennis Hall of Famer — defeated Beca Buchukuri from the Republic of Georgia — and Tina Miller, 6-4, 6-1.
Two Rochester natives won the men’s and women’s open singles title. Duke freshman standout Jason
Tahir — who currently owns three ATP points and is ranked 1,255 on the men’s ATP world tour — defeated Hove — a UB player, two-time Buffalo Tennis Series Player of the Year and native of Harare, Zimbabwe, 6-1, 6-1.
In the semifinals, Tahir defeated Tony Miller, while Hove knocked off Borovcanin — the University of Rochester’s first singles player.
Quinn Gleason — who next fall will be attending Notre Dame University on a full tennis scholarship — defeated UB standout Tamara Markovic, 6-2, 6-1, to claim the women’s open singles crown.
Other singles winners were: Connor Lin (men’s 4.5), Brittany Walters (women’s 4.5), Harry Wang (men’s 4.0), Emily McAdoo (women’s 4.0), Andreas Jekov (men’s 3.5), Yashna Yellayi (women’s 3.5), Sam Rizzo (men’s 3.0) and Amy Stohl (women’s 3.0).
Other doubles winners were: Steve Mendelsohn and Ken White (men’s 9.0), Don Nowak and Josh Dyck (men’s 8.0), Greg Collesano and Paul Kullman (men’s 7.0), Violet Haraszthy and Ann D’Aquino (women’s 7.0), Bob Walker and Jesse Sundlov (men’s 6.0) and Amy Stohl and Erin O’Connor (women’s 6.0).
Other mixed doubles winners were: Tim Sands and Megan Gollwitzer (8.0), Geoff Becker and Nelida Sanchez (7.0), and Tim Miller and Ann Miller (6.0).
The Orville’s $5,000 event was the first segment of the four-part “Buffalo MUNY Grand Slam Series,” which is part of the “Buffalo Tennis Series.”
The second segment is the “The Twin Village Recycling $5,000 Pre-MUNY Wild Card City Open” June 15-17, followed by “The Sargent and Collins, LLP Buffalo MUNY Tournament, a Miller Tennis Event,” July 9-22 at Delaware Park and “The Twin Village Recycling $5,000 Post-MUNY City Open” July 27-29.
A complete listing of Buffalo Tennis Series Tournaments will be made available next week at the Miller Tennis Center’s website — www.millertenniscen- ter.com.