No. 16 Penn State split a pair of men’s tennis matches on Sunday, falling 5-2 against Penn before rebounding to blank Temple 7-0.
In the opener, Penn State rallied to tie the team score 2-2, but Penn swept the final three singles matches (No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6) to pull out the win.
Matt Barry and Alex Fennell won at No. 2 (6-1), but Penn swept the other two matches to win the doubles point. Fennell won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Barry was a 7-6 (6), 6-2 winner at No. 3 singles.
“The players struggled to find any kind of momentum and it seemed like the energy was zapped out of them,” Penn State coach Jeff Tobbin said. “We certainly had opportunities to get the win, but Penn did a much better job in the pressure points.”
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The Nittany Lions did not lose a set in blitzing Temple.
No. 1 Barry and Fennell (6-4), No. 2 Nika Dolidze and Christian Lutschaunig (6-1) and No. 3 Marc ColladoCastells and Michael Reilly (6-2) each won as Penn State clinched the doubles point.
No. 1 Fennell (6-4, 6-2), No. 2 Barry (6-2, 6-0), No. 3 Dolidze (6-0, 6-3), No. 4 Roman Trkuja (6-2, 6-4), No. 5 Tomas Hanzlik (6-3, 6-0) and No. 6 ColladoCastells (6-10, 6-0) each crusied to singles triumphs.
Penn State (5-2) plays at Virginia Tech on Saturday.