Men's Tennis Continues Domination at Fall classic
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., September 23, 2006 ¨C The Nittany Lion men¡¯s tennis team continued its stellar play in the Penn State Fall Classic by going 21-1 in singles action at the Sarni Tennis Center Saturday.
Sophomore Adam Slagter (Austin, Texas) won two matches on the day at No. 1 singles to remain perfect on the season. Slagter defeated St. Bonaventure¡¯s Alejandro Nery (6-0, 6-2) and Manhattan¡¯s Peter Zink (6-3, 6-4).
Ryan Berger (Grand Rapids, Mich.) posted a 1-1 record in singles action on the day. The senior defeated Leo Mochizuki of St Bonaventure (6-4, 6-2), but suffered his first loss of the season against Walter Garcia of Niagara (6-7 (5-7), 2-6).
Brendan Lynch (North Potomac, Md.) rallied to beat Manhattan¡¯s Bogdan Borta in three sets. Lynch took the first set and dropped the second before squeaking by 12-10 win in the third to go 2-0 on the day. Lynch also defeated Andrew Hart of St. Bonaventure 6-1, 6-2.
Senior Bradley Hunter (Atlanta, Ga.) won two matches on the day, as did Alex Mast (Lancaster, Pa.), James Dwyer (Peachtree City, Ga.), Michael James (Clifton, Va.) and David Bortner.
The freshmen on the squad continued to impress in their first collegiate action as Guillaume St-Maurice (Saint-Eustache, Quebec) and Ryan Gormley (Las Vegas, Nev.) both went 2-0 on the day. Zach Skorupka (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won his collegiate debut against Army¡¯s Johnny Lucero (6-1, 6-4) and went on to win his second match of the day against Niagara¡¯s Nick Bolea (6-4, 6-4).
With two days of tennis action in the books, head coach Todd Doebler was happy with the progress the men¡¯s tennis team has made.
¡°I think the guys showed progress in their ability to maintain a high level of focus and capitalize on opportunities during a long day of tennis,¡± Doebler said.
The Fall Classic will conclude tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Sarni Tennis Center. The Nittany Lions will face Manhattan in doubles play Sunday.