University Park, Pa. - The Nebraska men's tennis team (12-13, 3-7 Big Ten) were swept 7-0 by No. 22 Penn State (20-4, 7-3 Big Ten) on the road on Friday. The Huskers didn't earn a victory on any court in their rout by the Nittany Lions.
In doubles, Penn State's Michael Reilly and Chris Young rolled past Nebraska's Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann 8-1 at the No. 2 while fellow Nittany Lions No. 36-ranked Russell Bader and Leonard Stakhovsky narrowly edged past the Huskers' Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch 8-7 (7-3) at the No. 1 court. At the No. 3 spot, PSU's Matty Barry and Roman Trkulja ousted NU's Tom Blackwell and Scott Elsass 8-5 after the point was already decided.
In singles, Penn State's No. 33-ranked Stakhovsky toppled Nebraska's No. 111-ranked Boyer 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 1 position while fellow Nittany Lion Trkulja defeated the Huskers' Vasileios Stavropoulos 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot. The match was decided at the No. 2 court where PSU's Bader knocked off NU's Herrmann 6-3, 6-3.
The rest of the matches played through with Penn State's Alex Fennell outpacing Nebraska's Blackwell 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position while fellow Nittany Lion Nika Dolidze outlasted the Huskers' Beau Treyz 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (10-4) at the No. 6 spot. The final match at the No. 4 court finished 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) in favor of PSU's Barry over NU's Andrew Dzulynsky.
Next up for the Huskers is their final regular season match against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Ohio State, at noon on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
No. 63 Nebraks - 0
No. 22 Penn State - 7
University Park, Pa.
1. No. 33 Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. No. 111 Dusty Boyer (NU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Russell Bader (PSU) def. Marc Herrmann (NU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Tom Blackwell (NU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Matt Barry (PSU) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
5. Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (NU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Nika Dolidze (PSU) def. Beau Treyz (NU) 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (10-4)
Order of finish (1, 5, 2, 3, 6, 4)
1. No. 36 Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Bradford Zitsch/Brandon Videtich (NU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Michael Reilly/Chris Young (PSU) def. Dusty Boyer/Marc Herrmann (NU) 8-1
3. Matt Barry/Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Tom Blackwell/Scott Elsass (NU) 8-5
Order of finish (2, 1, 3)