BUFFALO, NY – Five individuals who have been associated with the University at Buffalo men's tennis program over the last two decades were recently inducted into the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame.
Highlighting the class is former MAC Player of the Year Vusa Hove, who remains UB's all-time leader in combined wins with 135. He is second all-time in singles victories at Buffalo with 82 and has remained active in the Western New York tennis community since graduation. Hove is a four-time MUNY Open Singles Champion as well as a City Open Singles Champion.
Randy Rocchio, who played for the Bulls from 2001-05, is eighth all time in doubles victories and also has 45 singles wins under his belt. He played first singles and doubles for the Bulls and is a City Open Doubles Champion. His brother Rich Rocchio was an assistant coach for UB for one season in 2002-03. Rich was the Buffalo News Player of the Year and has won six MUNY Open and City Open Doubles Titles.
Former Buffalo head coach Sherif Zaher, who coached the Bulls from 2006 through 2009 reached a high ATP doubles mark of #649. He is a two-time Buffalo News Player of the Year, two-time buffalo City Open Singles Champion and holds five national senior titles.
Also inducted was All-South Conference selection Joe Schafer, who served as a volunteer assistant coach under Lee Nickell. Schafer played at Davidson College where he reached a national rank of 19th in doubles. A former high school all-American, Schafer is a MUNY Champion, sweeping all open events in one year.
"It is an amazing honor to be recognized in any hall of fame," said Nickell. "To have five former Bulls inducted is an amazing accomplishment. Everyone honored has had a tremendous impact on me and our program and I want to congratulate all of the inductees. Vusa was by far the fiercest competitor I have ever coached. He helped changed our program and deserves ever accolade given."