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Senior Bryan Welnetz

Jan. 19, 2013


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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision against #40 N.C. State. Senior Bryan Welnetz(Laredo, Texas) and sophomore Tomas Hanzlik(Prague, Czech Republic) picked up their first doubles win of the spring.  Both Hanzlik and Welnetz also picked up a singles win as well as freshman Roman Trkulja(Toronto, Canada). Penn State resumes action on Sunday with a doubleheader against Cornell and Cleveland State.  The Nittany Lions will face Cornell at noon and Cleveland State at 5:00p.m.

Bryan Welnetz earned a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Austin Powell for his first win of the spring.  It was a big win out of the number one spot for the Nittany Lions to get them a point on the board.

Freshman Roman Trkulja picked up his first career spring win with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Robbie Mudge. Trkulja battled back from down 4-5 to win the last set.

Tomas Hanzlik defeated Dave Thomson 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to give the Nittany Lions their third singles win of the day. 

Matt Barry(Lido Beach, N.Y.)  took a tough loss in the final match of the evening.  The freshman won the first set 6-3 against Sean Weber.  He held a 4-1 lead in the second set, but was unable to hold on, losing 6-7(2). In the third set, Barry battled hard but dropped a 4-6 result.

Senior C.J. Griffin(Portland, Mich.) dropped his match in three sets, falling to N.C. State’s Simon Norenius 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. Russell Bader fell 7-6(3), 6-4 in his match against Thomas Weigel.

Competing in the second doubles spot, Welnetz and Hanzlik defeated N.C. State’s Austin Powell and Beck Bond 7-6(2) to start their spring season off with a win.

N.C. State’s Sean Weber and Dave Thomson knocked off Russell Bader(Austin, Texas) and Roman Trkulja 8-5. Bader and Trkulja were competing in the first doubles slot for the Nittany Lions.

C.J. Griffin and Matt Barry fell 8-4 in their first doubles match of the season to N.C. State’s Robbie Mudge and Thomas Weigel.


  1. Weber/Thomson(NCST) def. Bader/Trkulja(PSU), 8-5.
  2. Hanzlik/Welnetz(PSU) def. Powell/Bond(NCST), 7-6(2).
  3. Mudge/Weigel(NCST) def. Barry/Griffin(PSU), 8-4.

Order of Finish: 1,3,2


  1. Bryan Welnetz(PSU) def. Austin Powell(NCST), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
  2. Roman Trkulja(PSU) def. Robbie Mudge(NCST), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
  3. Tomas Hanzlik(PSU) def. Dave Thomson(NCST), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
  4. Thomas Weigel(NCST) def. Russell Bader(PSU), 7-6(3), 6-4.
  5. Sean Weber(NCST) def. Matt Barry(PSU), 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.
  6. Simon Norenius(NCST) def. C.J. Griffin(PSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Order of Finish: 4,1,3,2,6,5






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