Maryland Men's Tennis Gets Bitten By Nittany Lions
March 8, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 74 Maryland men's tennis had a sour ending to its seven match homestand as the Terps fell to Penn State in a disappointing 7-0 loss.
Maryland (6-5, 0-2) was closer to a win than the score suggests, as the team faced five tie-breakers, lost four sets by a score of 6-4, and had one three-set match.
Penn State (6-5, 1-1) started off the match winning at numbers one and three doubles to secure the doubles point.
Maryland's number two doubles team of David Kwon and Nickolai Nielsen earned the Terps' only victory of the day with a win over Brendan Lynch and Guillaume St-Maurice, fittingly enough in a tie-break, 8-7 (3).
Freshman Mattias Sarrazin also came out on the winning side of a tie-break in his match with St-Maurice at number five singles. But Sarrazin couldn't keep the momentum going as he dropped the next set and the 10-point third set tiebreaker, falling 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-6.
Junior David Kwon fell at singles in his second tight match of the weekend. Playing against senior Adam Slagter, Kwon played a first set with six ties before falling in the tie-breaker. The Terps' number two singles player held a 4-2 second set lead, but couldn't sustain the pressure, losing 7-6, 6-4.
Maryland finished their non-conference schedule with a record of 6-3, and will face nothing but ACC opponents the rest of the season, starting with a trip to Chestnut Hill to play Boston College March 14, at 4 p.m.