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Huskers Fall Short to No. 30 Nittany Lions, 4-3

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska men's tennis team (9-13, 1-6 Big Ten) fell just short to the Penn State Nittany Lions (15-6, 5-2 Big Ten), 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Dillon Tennis Center.

NU won the doubles point after senior Toby Boyer and freshman William Gleason took down the No. 8 doubles team in the country, but Penn State notched four singles victories to close out the 4-3 win. 

Junior Chris Dean and sophomore Isaac Nortey started off doubles play with a quick 6-0 win over Alp Sentay/Ben Lieb at No. 3, but the Nittany Lions bounced back with a 6-1 upset as Christos Antonopoulos/Christian Lakoseljac knocked off junior Micah Klousia and freshman Victor Moreno Lozano, 6-1.

As both matches finished, Boyer and Gleason went up 5-4 over No. 8 Constant De La Bassetiere/Gabriel Nemeth, who were 11-5 on the season before this match. Boyer/Gleason broke their set in a strong showing to finish it off at 6-4 and earn the doubles point for the Huskers.

In singles competition, Lieb quickly knocked off Nortey at the No. 5 spot, 6-0, 6-3, as Klousia earned his first win over a ranked opponent this season with a major 6-3, 6-4, upset over No. 95 Lakoseljac at No. 2. 

No. 93 Boyer fell short to No. 31 De La Bassetiere, 6-3, 6-4, for only his fifth loss on the season -- Boyer holds a 14-5 spring record, including a 4-4 mark against ranked players. 

Sentay put Penn State up 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Dean at the No. 6 position, but Gleason tied it again at 3-3 as he defeated Nemeth in three sets at No. 3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. The Lincoln native closed out a perfect weekend at the Dillon Tennis Center, as Gleason had beat Martin Joyce of Ohio State on Friday night for NU's sole singles win of the match. Gleason is now 10-8 on the season with a 7-4 mark at the No. 3 position.

Victor Moreno dropped the first set by a 6-4 margin against Antonopoulos at the No. 4 spot, but the Husker freshman came back to win the second, also by 6-4. Moreno struggled in a tough third set from start to finish, and Antonopoulos clinched the match for the Nittany Lions, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Nebraska will travel to Indiana next weekend to finish off its Big Ten road campaign. The Huskers take on the Hoosiers on Saturday, April 13, and the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, April 14 -- both matches will start at 11 a.m. CT (Noon ET). 

Results

Singles

1. #31 Constant De La Basse (PSU) def. #93 Toby Boyer (NU) 6-3, 6-4

2. Micah Klousia (NU) def. #95 Christian Lakoseljac (PSU) 6-3, 6-4

3. William Gleason (NU) def. Gabriel Nemeth (PSU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

4. Christos Antonopoulo (PSU) def. Victor Moreno Lozano (NU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

5. Ben Lieb (PSU) def. Isaac Nortey (NU) 6-0, 6-3

6. Alp Sentay (PSU) def. Chris Dean (NU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles

1. Toby Boyer/William Gleason (NU) def. #8 Constant De La Basse/Gabriel Nemeth (PSU) 6-4

2. Christos Antonopoulo/Christian Lakoseljac (PSU) def. Micah Klousia/Victor Moreno Lozano (NU) 6-1

3. Chris Dean/Isaac Nortey (NU) def. Alp Sentay/Ben Lieb (PSU) 6-0

Match Notes

Penn State 15-6; National ranking #30

Nebraska 9-13

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,1,6,3,4)

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