The Nittany Lions’s second tournament in two weeks ended without earning any new accolades.
Penn State had a short turnaround before getting right back into tournament play. After completing ITA Atlantic Regionals on Monday, the team returned from Blacksburg, Virginia only to leave for Ann Arbor, Michigan days later for Big Ten Indoors.
The Nittany Lions got started on Friday with doubles action.
Juniors Christian Lakoseljac and Christos Antonopoulos got off to a hot start in flight A, winning their first match against Purdue’s Mateo Julio and Stephan Koenigfest.
Sophomore Chris Kuhnle also picked up a win when he teamed up with Jason Kerst of Iowa in a flight C match.
Both duos secured a spot in Saturday’s action with their victories.
Sophomore Alp Sentay and junior Noah Sutter teamed up for the tournament, but they were unable to advance past the first round, dropping their match to Iowa’s Joe Tyler and Piotr Smietana, 8-4.
In singles, the Nittany Lions stumbled out of the gate.
Antonopoulos, Kuhnle, Lakoseljac, Sutter and senior Ben Lieb all earned byes in the first round of the singles tournament. Sentay was the lone representative of Penn State in the round of 64.
Sentay’s struggles continued against Trice Pickens of Northwestern. Pickens defeated him in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The day wasn’t all bad for Sentay, though, as he picked up a win in his consolation match with Wisconsin’s Alan Sweet.
In the round of 32, Lakoseljac was the only Nittany Lion to win his match and move further in the bracket. He defeated AJ Joshi of Northwestern 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3 to solidify his place in the round of 16.
Antonopoulos and Lieb fought hard, back-and-forth battles in their respective matches.
Antonopoulos won his first set against Jonas Larson of Iowa, but dropped the next two, losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. He followed up the loss with a hard-fought win over Isaac Nortley of Nebraska in a consolation match.
Lieb’s match with Iowa’s Will Davies followed a similar pattern. Lieb earned the 6-4 win in the first set, but Davies came back and ultimately got the victory and advanced to the next round. Lieb ended his day on a high note in his consolation match, winning dominantly 6-1, 6-0.
Kuhnle and Sutter struggled to get points on the board against their opponents.
Kuhnle faced off with Tim Siebert of Ohio State. Siebert was the top seed in the tournament and proved why against Kuhnle, defeating him in two sets 6-2, 6-2.
Sutter faced a familiar face in Smietana. The two met in doubles play earlier, and Smietana once again scored a win for the Hawkeyes 6-2, 6-1.
Sutter’s day ended after a consolation loss at the hands of Michigan State’s Colin Harvey.
Penn State’s time in the tournament came to an end a day early. No Nittany Lions punched any tickets for Sunday’s action.
The two remaining doubles teams fell short of the finals.
Lakoseljac and Antonopoulos were unable to keep the momentum from Friday’s win. The duo faced off against Davies and Oliver Okonkwo of Iowa and lost 8-7(3). They followed the performance up with another loss in a consolation match with Connor Johnston and Patrick Maloney of Michigan.
In flight C, a peculiar situation unfolded. Kerst, Kuhnle’s partner, was forced to play against two of his teammates in the tournament match. Nikita Snezhko and Larson defeated their teammate Kerst and Penn State’s Kuhnle, ending their run.
Sentay and Sutter split their two consolation matches. The duo lost its first match before bouncing back to defeat Wisconsin’s Sweet and Daniel Nuzhny.
In singles play, Lakoseljac looked to advance to the quarterfinals. In his first match, he faced off against Jesper Freimuth of Wisconsin. It was a close match, but Lakoseljac ultimately lost due to retirement. The loss put an end to Penn State’s chances at the Big Ten Indoor singles championship.
Penn State wrapped up its stay in Ann Arbor with consolation matches. Sentay earned his second consolation victory in singles play while Lieb and Kuhnle were not able to pull out wins.
The fall season continues for the Nittany Lions on November 7 when ITA Atlantic Regional doubles champions Constant De La Bassetiere and Gabriel Nemeth look to claim the Oracle ITA National Fall title.