Hokies down Penn State, 4-1

Penn State 1
Virginia Tech 4

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team dropped the doubles point, but rallied back in singles, winning four to claim a 4-1 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Henrik Korsgaard got the Hokies (3-1) on the board with his straight-set 6-3, 6-2 win over Alp Sentay at four.

At the one, 68th-ranked Mitch Harper rolled in the opening set 6-1 over 67th-ranked Constant De La Bassetiere. The two battled it out in the second set and were tied at 5-5, but Harper won the next two points to secure the set 7-5.

Jason Kros, ranked 80th, fell behind, dropping the first set 0-6 to Christian Lakoseljac on court two. Kros powered back as he took the next two 6-3, 6-2, giving the Hokies the 3-1 lead in the match.

Tech was looking for the match clinching point with the remaining singles all in the third set. \

Sophomore No. 97 Alexandre Ribeiro gave up the opening set, 3-6 to Christos Antonopoulos at the three. The Tech player answered, winning the second set 6-4 before rolling to the 6-1 win in the third to clinch the match for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech will return to the court on Friday, Feb. 2, hosting Eastern Kentucky and James Madison in a doubleheader at Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

1. #68 Mitch Harper (VT) def. #67 Constant De La Bassitiere (PSU) 6-1, 7-5
2. #80 Jason Kros (VT) def. Christian Lakoseljac (PSU) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #97 Alex Ribeiro (VT) def. Christos Antonopoulos (PSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Henrik Korsgaard (VT) def. Alp Sentay (PSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Carlo Donato (VT) vs. Gabriel Nemeth (PSU) 2-6, 6-4, 3-3 dnf
6. Chase Bernstine (VT) vs. Ben Lieb (PSU) 6-4, 4-6, 4-5 dnf
Order of finish: 4,1,2,3

1. #14 Harper/Korsgaard (VT) def. De La Bassetiere/Lakoseljac (PSU) 6-2
2. Antonopoulos/Sentay (PSU) def. Bernstine/Ribeiro (VT) 7-5
3. Lieb/Nemeth (PSU) def. Donato/Kros (PSU) 6-4
Order of finish: 1,3,2

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