No. 16 Penn State dealt a 7-0 blowout defeat to the men’s tennis team Sunday. The Owls lost each match in straight sets.
The shutout marked the first instance this season in which the Owls were held without a point. They managed to get one point in matches against St. Joseph’s and Drexel in the City 6 Tournament.
The Nittany Lions controlled each match, and did not allow the Owls more than four games in any set.
Although the Nittany Lions dominated the Owls, coach Steve Mauro said this match is a stepping stone for his team.
“When you are winning games against these better teams and players, it gives you some confidence that you can compete with stronger teams if you put in the time to get better,” Mauro said.
Mauro said Penn State was better than squad Sunday, but that it can use this match early in the season as a judgment of where it stands as a team.
“Penn State was just better than us today,” Mauro said. “I think that something that the guys can take away from the match today is that we can compete with some of the better teams in the country … some of the scores were close on some of the courts, especially [junior Santiago Canete’s] match.”
The Owls (2-3) will have some time off before taking on Philadelphia University Feb. 13.