Men’s Tennis Edged by No. 33 Texas Tech

TEMPE, Ariz. – After losing the doubles point Friday afternoon, the Penn State men’s tennis team (6-6) was unable to rebound in singles play. The Nittany Lions fell to Texas Tech (11-5), 4-1, in the first round of the Spring Break Tournament.

“The guys really tried to put us into a position to get a win over a top-35 team,” said associate head coach Paul Tobin† “Considering that this is our first match outside since October and Texas Tech competes outside year-round; I think we competed really well on all courts. I’m pretty confident that if we allowed the matches to play out, it would’ve been a one point decision.”


Texas Tech secured the doubles point with wins on court one and two.

Malik Bhatnagar and Alexander Karman fell to Isaac Arevalo and Piotr Pawlak in a 7-5 decision. on court two, Chikaya Sato and Bora Sengul lost to Reed Collier and Dimitrios Azoides 6-2.

partners Charl Morgan and Sam Bossem were tied with Texas Tech’s Franco Ribero and Ilgiz Valiev 6-6 at No. 3 before the Raiders clinched.


The Raiders earned wins on courts two, four, and six to clinch the match.

Sam Bossem collected the Penn State’s lone point in a 7-6, 6-4 match over Texas Tech’s Franco Ribero.


Texas Tech 4, Penn State 1

Doubles Results

  1. Isaac Arevalo/Piotr Pawlak (TTU) def. Malik BhatnagarAlexander Karman (PSU) 7-5

  1. Reed Collier/Dimitrios Azoides (TTU) def. Chikaya SatoBora Sengul (PSU) 6-2

  1. Charl MorganSam Bossem (PSU) vs. Franco Ribero/Ilgiz Valiev (TTU) 6-6, unfinished

Order of finish: 2, 1

Singles Results

  1. Malik Bhatnagar (PSU) vs. Isaac Arevalo (TTU) 7-5, 1-6, 3-5, unfinished

  1. Reed Collier (TTU) def. Miko Eala (PSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1)

  1. Bora Sengul (PSU) vs. Ilgiz Valiev (TTU) 6-4, 5-7, 5-2, unfinished

  1. Olle Wallin (TTU) def. Loren Byers (PSU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-2

  1. Sam Bossem (PSU) def. Franco Ribero (TTU) 7-6 (4), 6-4

  1. Dimitrios Azoides (TTU) def. Charl Morgan (PSU) 6-4, 7-6 (1)

Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 2


Penn State will take on the loser of Idaho vs. Arizona State in the consolidation semi-finals on Saturday, March 12 at noon ET.

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