Men's Tennis Begins Big Ten Singles Championships on Friday
Oct. 24, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Penn State men's tennis team travels to the Big Ten Singles Championship this weekend, hosted by Purdue. The matches will be played at the Schwartz Tennis Center and the Lafayette Sports Center. The Nittany Lions will send four members of the team, Matt Barry, Marc Collado Castells, Nika Dolidze and David Kohan.
The championships will cover four days, starting on Friday with a round of singles and two rounds of doubles.
Matt Barry (Lido Beach, N.Y.) enters the weekend tied for the team lead with six wins. Last weekend, he went 1-1 and advanced to the third round of the Main Draw at the ITA Atlantic Regional. In the Round of 64, Barry matches up against Purdue's Marc Kovacs.
Freshman Nika Dolidze (Tbilisi, Georgia) also has six victories. He earned a consolation round win at the regional. Dolidze meets Nebraska's Marc Herrmann on Friday.
Freshman Marc Collado Castells (Barcelona, Spain) has five wins this fall. Castells also went 1-1 at the regional to reach the second round. He takes on Michigan State's Paul Heeder in his first match.
David Kohan (Sydney, Australia) rounds out the four. He went 3-1 last weekend, advancing out of the qualifying round at the regional and winning his first round match in the Main Draw. Kohan has five wins on the year. He plays against Minnesota's Ruben Weber in the Round of 64.
Barry and Kohan will combine in doubles against Wisconsin's Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg in the Round of 32. The duo teamed up earlier this fall at the Navy All-Conference Tournament, where they went 3-0.
Castells and Dolidze pair up to take on Indiana's Alekzander Davila and Elliott Yee. At the ITA Atlantic Regional, the pair went 1-1 to advance to the second round.
Fans can follow the action online at http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-tennis/2013BigTenSingles.html. Updates will also be available on the Purdue Men's Tennis account, @PurdueMT.
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