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Russell Bader
Russell Bader

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Austin, Texas

High School:
Westlake

Height:
6-0

Experience:
SR

Major:
Finance


Spring 2014: Named ITA Atlantic Region Most Improved Senior. Second Team All-Big Ten. Qualified for NCAA Doubles Championships with partner Leonard Stakhovsky... Went 21-7 in singles this spring at the No. 2 spot and finished the year with 28 wins overall, both career highs for Bader. 28 wins tied him for the third-most in a single season at Penn State. He was ranked 119th in the ITA Poll on February 11. He finished his career in third place on the all-time singles wins list at Penn State with 95 career victories... Bader also went 19-6 in doubles this spring to bring his overall doubles wins total to 27, both of those win totals are also career highs. 27 wins are the most in a single-season in school history. Bader also moved into second place on the all-time doubles wins list with 81 career victories... Bader and Leonard Stakhovsky went 18-6 this spring with five wins against ranked opponents to earn a season high ranking of 26th on May 1 and qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championships. They were ranked for eight straight weeks to finish the year... Bader and Stakhovsky went 1-2 in their first three matches, with a win coming against St. John's, but then won seven straight matches, including an 8-6 win against Ohio State's 3rd-ranked Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka. Bader combined with Michael Reilly during that stretch for a win against Lehigh... Bader and Stakhovsky went 8-2 during Big Ten play with wins against the Buckeyes, Michigan State, No. 44 Michigan, No. 28 Northwestern, No. 70 Wisconsin, No. 69 Indiana, No. 63 Nebraska and Iowa... Their win against Michigan was an 8-5 victory against the Wolverines' 22nd-ranked Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks. They also had a ranked win against Indiana's Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette, ranked 65th... They defeated Buzzi and Franks again at the Big Ten Tournament... In the NCAA Second Round match against No. 4 Virginia, they knocked off the Cavaliers' Luca Corinteli and Mac Styslinger, 8-5. They clinched the doubles point four times... In the First Round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, Bader and Stakhovsky defeated Memphis' #13 David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury, 6-3, 6-4. In the second round, they fell 6-1, 7-6(3) against Ohio State's #4 Kobelt and Metka... In singles, Bader won his first 10 matches of the year, including a 6-4, 5-6(5), 6-4 victory against No. 33 Virginia Tech's Andreas Bjerrehus, ranked 60th. Bader also had a win against No. 33 VCU... After a loss against No. 1 Ohio State, Bader won four of his next five matches against No. 50 Princeton, No. 62 UCF, Southern Miss, Michigan State and No. 44 Michigan... He also earned wins against No. 70 Wisconsin, No. 51 Minnesota, No. 63 Nebraska, and Iowa during Big Ten play... He won four of his last five matches, including a Big Ten Tournament win against No. 44 Michigan and a 6-2, 6-2 win against No. 50 UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Fall 2013: Bader finished the fall with a mark of 7-4 in singles and 8-6 in doubles... Bader competed at the ITA All-American Championships, Wake Forest Invite, ITA Atlantic Regional and William & Mary Invitational... At the ITA All-American Championships, Bader defeated Ohio State's Constantin Christ(6-4, 6-1). He went 3-0 at the William & Mary Invitational. He earned a win at both the Wake Forest Invite and the regional... Paired up with Matt Barry to go 5-0 in doubles at the William & Mary Invitational to earn doubles flight honors. The wins included knocking off Harvard's Casey McMaster and Alex Steinroeder(8-7(6)). Bader and Alex Fennell combined at the regional to reach the semifinal with three straight wins to start the tournament. The run included wins over doubles teams from Georgetown and Virginia... Bader ranks 11th all-time on career singles wins list at Penn State with 74. He needs three wins to move into 10th. Also ranks 13th on career doubles wins list with 62, needing four wins to reach the top 10.

2012-13 Season (Junior): Bader had a strong junior year, in which he went 22-12 overall in singles and combined with three different partners to earn 13 victories in doubles... Finished the spring with a 17-8 dual record while competing out of the top four spots in the lineup... Went 5-4 in the fall, picking up two wins at the ITA All-American Championships and a win a piece at the Ranked+1 Invitational, ITA Atlantic Regional, and the USTA Clay Court Invitational... Won a pair of qualifying matches at the ITA All-American Championships, knocking off TCU's William Edward-Stein(6-2, 6-3) and Texas' Jacoby Lewis(7-6, 7-5)... Paired with Roman Trkulja to go 3-5 in doubles in the fall including wins at the Ranked+1 Invitational and the ITA Atlantic Regional... Had win streaks of three and four matches during the non-conference slate. The three-match streak was capped with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against #59 New Mexico's Riaan Du Toit to help the Nittany Lions upset the Lobos. The four-match streak included wins against #48 Alabama, Penn, Lehigh, and #46 Virginia Tech... Finished Big Ten play with an 8-4 mark. After a loss against #7 Ohio State, Bader rattled off four straight wins against Indiana, #63 Purdue, Iowa, and #57 Nebraska, while competing in the number three spot... Played four matches at number one singles, going 2-2, including a 6-3, 6-2 win against Wisconsin's Petr Satral to lead the Nittany Lions to the win... Ended the season with a 7-6, 6-0 win against Indiana's Sam Monette, ranked 124th in the nation... Bader and Trkulja started the spring ranked 28th in the preseason ITA Doubles Poll... Bader and Trkulja won three straight matches against Cornell, Cleveland State, and New Mexico... Combined with Guanhua Chen for five wins, while playing at number one doubles. Wins came against Penn, Lehigh, William & Mary, Rice, and Purdue... Paired with Matt Barry for two wins, coming against Iowa and Michigan... Needs ten wins to move into tenth place on career singles wins list at Penn State. 11 doubles wins away from tenth on the career doubles list.

2011-12 Season(Sophomore): Academic All-Big Ten in 2012... Bader had an outstanding sophomore campaign that concluded with a berth in the NCAA Championships in doubles with teammate Jason Lee. They dropped a first round match against the doubles team from Oklahoma, ranked no. 10, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1... Bader and Lee finished the doubles season with a 14-2 record including a perfect 6-0 mark against ranked opponents to finish number 28 in the final ITA Doubles Poll... Bader completed the spring with a 14-11 singles record, including 1-4 against ranked opponents, and a combined 17-6 doubles record... He also went 9-4 in singles and 7-5 in doubles in the fall... Bader started off the fall with a 3-1 record at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational. He also teamed with Bryan Weinetz to go 3-1 in doubles... Bader also went 3-1 at the UVa Fall Classic, including a win over Maryland's Jan Surovic(4-6, 6-3, 10-3). He combined with Weinetz to go 2-1... Topped George Washington's Leo Lappenti 6-1, 6-3 at the ITA Regional Championships... Went 2-1 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, defeating Wisconsin's Billy Bertha(6-2, 6-4) and Alex Kostanov(7-6, 6-4). In doubles, he combined with Welnetz to go 1-2, defeating Illinois 9-8(7-0)... Went 10-3 in spring non-conference singles. Included stretch of seven straight wins against Bloomsburg, Buffalo, Bucknell, Binghamton, Army, Central Florida, and South Florida. Highlighted by 7-6(7-5), 6-0, 6-2 win over South Florida's Juan Carlos Acuna. Also defeated #63 Princeton's Augie Bloom(4-6, 6-0, 7-6(7-4)) during non-conference play... Combined with Lee to go 11-1 in non-conference doubles, while working out of the number one spot. Included wins over ranked opponents against #63 Princeton and #32 Virginia Tech. Defeated Princeton's 11th ranked team, Matt Slow and Matt Spindler(8-7(7-3)), and Virginia Tech's 51st ranked team, Luka Somen and Corrado Tocci(8-6)... Worked out of the two spot throughout Big Ten singles play, winning four matchups. Wins include 6-3, 6-0 decision over #46 Northwestern's Spencer Wolf, ranked no. 107. Also had wins against #70 Purdue, Iowa, and #21 Michigan... Won six Big Ten doubles matches. Combined with Bryan Welnetz in wins against #47 Minnesota and Wisconsin. Combined with Lee for wins over four ranked conference opponents. Defeated #2 Ohio State's Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, ranked 28th in the nation, 8-6. Closed the regular season by defeating three straight ranked opponents. They include wins over #21 Michigan's 22nd ranked team(9-7), #64 Michigan State's 88th ranked team(8-1), and #43 Northwestern's 76th ranked team(8-6).

2010-11 Season (Freshman): Went 17-8 in the 2010-11 spring singles action...Battled to a 16-12 record in 2010-11 spring doubles competition...Won his first three fall singles matches, including a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Buffalo's George Tibil...Defeated Michigan State's Drew Lied (6-1, 6-3) in the opening round of the Big Ten Indoor Tournament...Won his first seven matches of spring singles competition, including defeating Ivan Sanchez-Gomez (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) of No. 56 N.C. State and No. 64 Cornell's Jeremy Feldman (7-6 (7-3), 6-0)...Defeated Andrew Bettles of No. 36 Boise State (6-2, 6-4) on Feb. 27 in the prestigious Blue Gray Tournament...Went on a four match winning streak from March 11-20, including posting a victory in the No. 3 position against Navy's Jeremy New (6-1, 6-0)...Picked up back-to-back Big Ten victories against No. 66 Iowa, defeating Austen Kauss (7-6, 6-4) and Northwestern's Tobias Reitz (6-4, 6-4)...Jumped into the No. 3 singles position and went on to win three matches in Big Ten play against No. 60 Michigan State, No. 24 Minnesota, and No. 73 Wisconsin...Paired with Taylor Cohen to defeat Georgetown's Tim Walsh and Charlie Caris (8-4) at the ITA Regionals Tournament...Paired with Chris Hasyn to earn two victories to open the spring season, Jan. 23, defeating Luis Guevara and Javier Ortiz of St. Bonaventure, 8-2, as well as Mark Goldberg and Arnaldo Pacheco of Lehigh, 8-2...Joined forces with Eddie Bourchier in the first doubles tandem and promptly earned a victory Feb. 25 against No. 26 Notre Dame's Stephen Havens and Tyler Davis (8-4) in the Blue Gray Tournament...Also defeated Damian Hume and Scott Sears of No. 36 Boise State, 8-5, in the Blue Gray Tournament...Earned a victory March 25 in the first Big Ten contest of the spring season against No. 10 Illinois' Johnny Hamui and Brian Alden, 8-4...Picked up back-to-back victories over Evan King and Jason Jung of No. 23 Michigan (8-5) and No. 60 Michigan State's Austin Brooks and Aaron Pfister, 8-3.

Junior Career: Bader joins Penn State as the No. 28 recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net. He comes from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, where he currently owns an overall record of 56-25 record, including a 19-9 record vs. five-star recruits. Bader currently ranks as the fourth best player in the state of Texas and is currently No. 44 in the USTA 18 and Under National Rankings.

Nittany Lion Career Record

Year Singles Doubles
2010-11 22-9 17-15
2011-12 23-15 24-11*
2012-13 22-12 13-18
2013-14 28-11 27-12
Career 95-50 81-56*

*Made NCAA Tournament

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