Men’s tennis whistled by No. 2 Ohio State, 4-0

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s tennis team (10-10, 2-3 B1G) dropped a home game to No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-2, 5-0 B1G) at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.

“Ohio State was as good as announced in coming here and being the No. 2 team in the country,” the head coach said Jeff Zinn. “They competed extremely well. I thought this was the best double we’ve played all year. We played loose, we played free. We played to our potential, and hopefully we can bring that momentum into our upcoming matches. I felt we had chances in each of the four singles matches that were first out on the field.Against a team as good as Ohio State, you have to execute when they give you those chances.Unfortunately we did not. Miko Eala played an excellent second set. Bora played a fantastic second set and he gave himself chances. Sam Bossem played really well at No. 4. So we have things we can draw from this match, especially against a team of this caliber that we can take forward. ”

“There are very few teams out there that have the kind of intensity and talent depth that Ohio State has shown year and year before,” said the assistant head coach Paul Tobin. “Our double was probably the best we’ve played this year, and came incredibly close to a major uprising. I certainly could not have asked for anything more. In the single, we were just overtaken on final shots. I think if we played outside their shots would not have had so much pace and depth. ”

DOUBLE

Ohio State took the double point with wins on lanes one and three. The Nittany Lions struggled but were ultimately unable to defeat the Buckeyes.

On track one, Malik Bhatnagar and Charl Morgan met against the number 1 doubles pair in the nation, Matej Vocel and Robert Cash. Bhatnagar and Morgan fell in a close 7-5 decision to the ranked duo. At No. 3, Sam Bossem and Loren Byers lost to Ohio State’s Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter in another 7-5 result.

At No. 2, Miko Eala and Bora Sengul played a 6-6 tiebreaker against Cannon Kinglsey and JJ Tracey when the Buckeyes got the point. The match was left unfinished.

SINGLE

The Buckeyes brought their momentum into singles play and earned a sweep over the Nittany Lions.

Ohio State extended its lead to 2-0 as Vocel defeated Bhatnagar in a 6-2, 6-2 decision. When he beat the match on Lane 1, Kingsley secured the victory for the Buckeyes over Eala, 6-1, 7-5.

RESULTS

Ohio State 4, Penn State 0

Doubles results

  1. # 1 Matej Vocel / Robert Cash (OSU) def. Malik Bhatnagar/Charl Morgan (PSU) 7-5

  1. Miko Eala/Bora Sengul (PSU) vs. Cannon Kingsley / JJ Tracy (OSU) 6-6, unfinished

  1. Andrew Lutschaunig / James Trotter (OSU) def. Loren Byers/Sam Bossem (PSU) 7-5

Finishing order: 1, 3

Single results

  1. # 12 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Miko Eala (PSU) 6-1, 7-5

  1. # 9 Matej Vocel (OSU) def. Malik Bhatnagar (PSU) 6-2, 6-2

  1. # 20 JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Bora Sengul (PSU) 6-1, 6-4

  1. Sam Bossem (PSU) def. # 106 Jake Van Emburgh (OSU) 6-3,

  1. Charl Morgan (PSU) def. # 115 Robert Cash (OSU) no results

  1. Loren Byers (PSU) def. # 42 James Trotter (OSU) no result

Finishing order: 2, 3, 1

NEXT

The Nittany Lions are hosting a weekend of three games against Michigan State on Friday, April 15 at 16:00 ET, before welcoming Michigan and JMU on Sunday, April 17 to a doubleheader beginning at. Penn State men’s tennis will celebrate its seniors before the match against JMU at. 16:00 ET.

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