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March 7, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's tennis team will take on the 74th-ranked Maryland Terripans on Sunday in College Park, Md. The Terps are 5-4 so far this season.
Last Thursday, the Lions fell, 7-0, to the very talented Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio came out and won all three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point. From there, the Buckeyes carried the momentum and won all singles matches in two sets. Penn State will be looking for its first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
"Playing on the road is never easy especially when playing an ACC team," said head coach Todd Doebler. "We are excited to get back out on the courts put the Ohio state match behind us."
Last time out, Maryland lost to the No. 32 Virginia Tech Hokies, 5-2, to drop to 0-2 in the ACC. The Terps' best win of the season came on Feb. 13 as they downed No. 49 William and Mary, 4-3.
Leading the Terripans so far this season are David Kwan and Andrew Orban. Kwan has played four matches in the No. 1 bout and also holds a 5-1 record in the No. 2 position. Orban holds a 4-6 record in singles and has appeared six times in the No. position. In doubles action, the parings of Orban and Boris Fetbroyt and Kwon and Nielson each hold an 8-2 record in singles action.
In 36 matchups, Penn State is 4-32 all-time against Maryland. Penn State's last matchup vs. Maryland came on March 16, 1991, when the Nittany Lions were downed, 6-3, at College Park. Penn State's last win over Maryland State came in 1982
Following the matchup with Maryland, the Nittany Lions will head to No. 49 William and Mary on Friday, March 13. The Blue-Gray Tournament hosted by Alabama begins on March 19.