Men's Tennis Concludes Big Ten Singles Championships
Oct. 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Penn State men's tennis team finished up play at the Big Ten Singles Championships on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The tournament was hosted by Purdue. Freshman Nika Dolidze reached the consolation quarterfinals on Sunday before being eliminated.
After dropping his first round match at the championships, Dolidze (Tbilisi, Georgia) won two matches on Saturday to advance to Sunday's Round of 16. In that round, Dolidze faced Purdue's Mateus Silva. After Silva took the first set 6-4, Dolidze bounced back with a 6-3 win in the second set. In the tiebreaker set, Dolidze came out on top, 10-7.
Dolidze earned a spot in the quarterfinals, where he took on Indiana's Daniel Bednarczyk. In the first set, Bednarczyk won 6-4, but Dolidze came back with a 6-4 win in the second set. Bednarczyk took the third set 10-5. Dolidze went 3-2 at the Big Ten Singles Championships.
Freshman Marc Collado Castells (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore David Kohan (Sydney, Australia) both reached the Main Draw Round of 32 over the weekend. Collado Castells defeated Michigan State's Paul Heeder on Friday, 6-0, 6-0, while Kohan knocked off Minnesota's Ruben Weber, 6-7, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).
Sophomore Matt Barry (Lido Beach, N.Y.) also competed at the tournament, but fell in his only match.
Collado Castells and Dolidze combined to win a doubles match in Friday's Round of 32. They moved on to the Round of 16, before being eliminated.
The Nittany Lions will next travel to the William & Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. The invitational starts on November 8.
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Round of 32) Collado Castells/Dolidze(PSU) def. Davila/Yee(Indiana), 8-6.
Jalalov/Wikberg(Wisconsin) def. Barry/Kohan(PSU), 8-6.
Round of 16) Baev/Kirchheimer(NW) def. Collado Castells/Dolidze(PSU), 8-5.
Consolation Round of 16) Dierckx/Hagan(Iowa) def. Barry/Kohan(PSU), 8-3.
Round of 64) Marc Kovacs(Purdue) def. Matt Barry(PSU), 7-5, 6-3.
David Kohan(PSU) def. Ruben Weber(Minnesota), 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).
Marc Herrmann(Nebraska) def. Nika Dolidze(PSU), 6-4, 6-3.
Marc Collado Castells(PSU) def. Paul Heeder(MSU), 6-0, 6-0.
Round of 32) Fedor Baev(NW) def. Marc Collado Castells(PSU), 6-4, 6-2.
John Patrick Mullane(MSU) def. David Kohan(PSU), 6-3, 7-5.
Consolation Round of 64) Nika Dolidze(PSU) def. Fredrick Strabo(Wisconsin), 6-1, 6-3.
Michael Sellitto(Indiana) def. Marc Collado Castells(PSU), 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-1.
Daniel Bednarczyk(Indiana) def. David Kohan(PSU), 6-2, 7-6(3).
Consolation Round of 32) Nika Dolidze(PSU) def. Matthew McCoy(Indiana), 6-1, 6-3.
Consolation Round of 16) Nika Dolidze(PSU) def. Mateus Silva(Purdue), 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Consolation Quarterfinals) Daniel Bednarczyk(Indiana) def. Nika Dolidze(PSU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.