STATE COLLEGE, PA –The University at Buffalo men's tennis team competed hard at No. 39 Penn State, but the Bulls fell to the Nittany Lions, 6-1.
Penn State won the doubles point, led by their first doubles team, which is ranked seventh in the nation. The Nittany Lions came away with a 6-1 win at first doubles and a 6-4 win at third doubles. The number two team of Ethan Nittolo and Hao Shen Koay were tied at 5-5 when play was stopped.
In singles action, Penn State won five of the six matches. UB got its lone victory at third singles as Koay came away with a straight sets victory over Gabriel Nemeth, 6-2, 6-2. The Bulls forced third sets at both fifth and sixth singles as sophomores Matthew Johnson and Valdemar Holm both won their first sets, but ultimately fell in third-set tiebreakers.
"I am discouraged because I feel we are so close to being a consistent winner at this level," said head coach Lee Nickell. "Credit to Penn State, they really didn't give us a free point. I have so much belief in our group, and I know it will just take a little more discipline mentally from the guys to break through. We are excited for the two tough matches we have coming up."
The Bulls are back in action on Friday at 3:00 pm at Cleveland State.