March 14, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team fell 6-1 to No. 27 ranked Penn State in at the UCF Tennis Complex on Thursday.
"We played a close doubles match in all three positions," head coach Zubin Engineer said." Our No. 1 doubles team was up 6-5 in an unfinished match against Penn State's nationally ranked team. Penn State No 1 team has upset Ohio State No 1 doubles team ranked #19."
Penn State took the doubles point to start the match. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar were leading 6-5 over No. 45 doubles duo Leonard Stakhovsky and Russell Bader after the point was decided. At No. 2, Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang lost to Christian Lutschauni and David Kohan 68-5. Alex Doleac and Brad Marriott lost to Chris Young and Michael Reilly 8-5 to decide the first point.
"Paulo Alvarado recorded a big win at No 1 singles against the No 1 player from Penn State who has been undefeated this season," said Engineer. "Overall the team competed hard, fought well and played close sets against a team ranked No. 27 in the nation."
In singles, Penn State pulled ahead 2-0 at No. 5 where Huang fell to Kohan 6-2, 6-0. Marriott fell to Reilly, 6-4, 6-3 on court 6. Roman Trukulja clinched the match for the Nittany Lions with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Valverde, 6-4, 6-3. Escobar lost to Marc Castells 6-4, 6-4 on court 4 and Doleac lost to Bader 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2.
On court No. 1, Paulo Alvarado scored the Golden Eagles' only point with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex Fennell.
The Golden Eagles travel to Florida State for a match on Mar. 16.