UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Lehigh opened its spring season on Sunday but No. 69 Penn State proved to be too strong as the Nittany Lions downed the Mountain Hawks 6-1 at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore Andrew Krentz earned a win at No. 6 singles for the Mountain Hawks but the Nittany Lions swept the doubles matches and won the first five singles flights.
Penn State improves to 2-0 on the year after downing St. Bonaventure Sunday morning, while Lehigh’s season begins at 0-1.
In doubles action Penn State won all three matches to earn the first point. Chris Hasyn and Russell Bader started things off for the Nittany Lions with an 8-2 win over freshman Mark Goldberg and senior Arnaldo Pacheco at No. 3 doubles. Taylor Cohen and Bryan Welnetz clinched the first point with an 8-4 win over sophomore Matt Savran and senior Cameron Silbert at No. 2 doubles. Eddie Bourchier and Jason Lee topped Lehigh’s top doubles team of seniors Troy List and Collin Laffey also by an 8-4 score.
The Mountain Hawks battled through singles play, forcing a third set in three of the six matches. Lee downed Savran at No. 3 singles and Welnetz followed with a win over Laffey at No. 2 singles to extend Penn State’s lead at to 3-0.
At No. 4 singles Goldberg won the first set from Cohen 6-4, but the Lion roared back to take the next two 6-1 and 6-2 to clinch the match for Penn State.
List won the second set against Bourchier at No. 1 singles 6-3 to force a deciding third set, but the reigning Patriot League player of the year fell 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Krentz accounted for Lehigh’s only point, with his win over Guanhua Chen at No. 6 singles. Krentz dropped the first set 6-0, but won the second 6-4 and was dominant in a 10-1 win in the third set tiebreaker.
The Mountain Hawks will open their home schedule next week when they host Fairleigh Dickinson at the Lewis Tennis Center at 1 p.m.
Penn State 6, Lehigh 1
1. Bourchier/Lee (PSU) def. List/Laffey (LU) 8-4
2. Cohen/Welnetz (PSU) def. Savran/Silbert (LU) 8-4
3. Hasyn/Bader (PSU) def. Goldberg/Pacheco (LU) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Eddie Bourchier (PSU) def. Troy List (LU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2. Bryan Welnetz (PSU) def. Collin Laffey (LU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Jason Lee (PSU) def. Matt Savran (LU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Taylor Cohen (PSU) def. Mark Goldberg (LU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Russell Bader (PSU) def. Ryan Krueger (LU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Andrew Krentz (LU) def. Guanhua Chen (PSU) 0-6, 6-4,10-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 1, 5, 6