reThe 27th-ranked Golden Gopher men's tennis team won all six singles matches and all three doubles matches en route to a 7-0 win over Penn State in State College, Pa., on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota returns home to host Michigan State on Friday night at 98th Street Racquet Club in Bloomington, Minn.
Harsh Mankad and Thomas Haug defeated PSU's Jamie Gresh and Todd Stecko at No. 1 doubles by a score of 9-7. Reven Stephens and Manuel Lievano won at No. 2 and Aleksey Zharinov and Chris Wettengel prevailed at No. 3.
In singles play, the Golden Gophers swept all six matches, including five in straight sets. Gresh pushed Mankad, the nation's number one ranked singles player, to three sets, but Mankad won the third-set tiebreaker, 7-4. Haug, Zharinov, Wettengel, Lievano and Boris Kuharic all won their singles matches in straight sets.
With the win, Minnesota improves to 2-1 in the Big Ten and 9-4 overall.
Minnesota 7, Penn State 0
No. 1 - Harsh Mankad (MN) def. Jamie Gresh (PSU), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 - Thomas Haug (MN) def. Todd Stecko (PSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Aleksey Zharinov (MN) def. Brad Nudell (PSU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 - Chris Wettengel (MN) def. Matt Frakes (PSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 - Manuel Lievano (MN) def. Roddy Cantey (PSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 - Boris Kuharic (MN) def. Josh Rubens (PSU), 7-6, 6-2
No. 1 - Mankad/Haug (MN) def. Gresh/Stecko (PSU), 9-7
No. 2 - Reven Stephens/Lievano (MN) def. Frakes/Nudell (PSU), 8-6
No. 3 - Zharinov/Wettengel (MN) def. Cantey/Keithley (PSU), 9-8