Stakhovsky, Trkulja earn singles wins, but Penn State eliminated from tournament
Nittany Lions junior named to Second Team All-Big Ten
Nittany Lions earn fifth Big Ten win; begin conference tournament on Thursday
Nittany Lions win the doubles point, bottom three singles matches; Visit No. 66 Iowa on Sunday.
Nittany Lions look to improve conference seed before Big Ten Tournament
2/2/14 Men's Tennis vs. Virginia Tech
2014-15 (Junior): Second Team All-Big Ten… Won 12 singles matches, including 11 this spring, and 15 doubles matches, including 11 in dual matches, while combining with four different partners… Ranked as high as 81st in the ITA Singles Poll. Stakhovsky and Aws Laaribi ranked as high as 75th in the ITA Doubles Poll… Competed in the fall at the ITA All-American Championships, ITA Atlantic Regional and William & Mary Invitational after being ranked 29th in the preseason ITA Singles Poll… Combined with Michael Reilly for three wins at the ITA Atlantic Regional to reach the semifinals, with victories over doubles pairs from Duquesne, George Washington and Virginia Tech… Reilly and Stakhovsky earned a win at the William & Mary Invitational… Stakhovsky knocked off Old Dominion’s Carlos Lopez Villa, ranked 42nd in the ITA Poll… Reilly and Stakhovsky were leading 6-5 when the match was stopped vs. No. 20 South Florida’s Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun, ranked sixth in the ITA Poll… Stakhovsky and Aws Laaribi combined for win at 2 vs. Virginia Tech’s Jai Corbett and Joao Monteiro… Laaribi and Stakhovsky were ahead 6-5 when the match was stopped vs. No. 1 USC’s Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, the top ranked pair in the ITA Poll… The duo knocked off No. 13 Cal’s Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton, ranked 30th… Combined with Laaribi in wins at the top spot vs. No. 64 Cornell, James Madison, VCU, UNC Wilmington and Michigan… Paired with Christian Lutschaunig for victories against NJIT, Purdue and Monmouth… Fennell and Stakhovsky earned a win at the top spot vs. Nebraska… Split time between the No. 1 and 2 spots in the singles lineup… Earned two victories vs. ranked singles opponents, knocking off No. 20 South Florida’s Roberto Cid, ranked 19th in the ITA Poll, and No. 3 Illinois’ Farris Gosea, ranked 64th… Picked up wins at the top singles spot vs. No. 64 Cornell and Michigan… Won at 2 vs. No. 23 Princeton, UNC Wilmington, No. 63 Tulane, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Monmouth.
2013-14 (Sophomore): Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten. Qualified for NCAA Singles Championships and NCAA Doubles Championships. Big Ten Player of the Week on February 4, March 26 and April 1. First Nittany Lion to win Big Ten POW three times in a single season... Went 18-7 this spring at the top singles spot, including eight wins against ranked opponents and a 6-4 mark in Big Ten play. Stakhovsky was ranked in the ITA Poll 13 straight weeks to finish the year. He reached as high as #33... Stakhovsky combined with Russell Bader to go 18-6 in doubles with five wins against ranked opponents and an 8-2 record against the Big Ten. They were ranked for nine straight weeks to finish the year. They reached as high as 26th in the ITA Poll... Bader and Stakhovsky won seven straight matches including an 8-6 victory against No. 1 Ohio State's 3rd-ranked Kobelt/ Metka... The duo won eight matches against Big Ten opponents, including ranked wins against the Buckeyes, Michigan's Buzzi/Franks(22) and Indiana's Bednarczyk/Monette(65)... In the NCAA Second Round match, they knocked off Virginia's Corinteli/Styslinger, ranked 53rd, 8-5... They clinched the doubles point four times for Penn State... In the First Round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, Bader and Stakhovsky defeated Memphis' #13 O'Hare/Salisbury, 6-3, 6-4. In the second round, they fell 6-1, 7-6(3) against Ohio State's #4 Kobelt/ Metka... Stakhovsky won eight matches against ranked opponents, including Virginia Tech's Amerigo Contini, ranked 26th, and VCU's Alexis Heugas, ranked 73rd, Michigan's Alex Petrone, ranked 112th, Illinois' Jared Hiltzik, ranked 9th, and Northwestern's Raleigh Smith, ranked 37th... In the NCAA Tournament First Round, Stakhovsky rallied from down 5-4 in the third set to knock off No. 50 UNC Wilmington's Rafael Aita, ranked 50th, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, to clinch the match and send the Nittany Lions to the second round... In his NCAA Singles Championship First Round match, Stakhovsky dropped a 6-2, 6-2 result to Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, ranked 21st in the nation... Did not see any action in the fall.
Before Penn State: Stakhovsky comes to Penn State after transferring from Oklahoma, where he went 10-10 in singles and 6-5 in doubles last year. The Kiev, Ukraine native boasts a career-high ATP 840 in singles and 814 in doubles. He reached as high as 67 in the ITF Junior Rankings, with multiple wins over Top 20 Juniors. Stakhovsky trained at Gymnazium Jiriho Wolkera. Leonard's brother, Sergiy, has a career-high ATP ranking of 31 in singles and 33 in doubles, including a win over Roger Federer at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Nittany Lion Career Record
* Made NCAA Tournament