Penn State rebounded nicely from a 6-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, dominating William & Mary 6-1 on Sunday to improve its record to 5-6 on the year and earn a split in its weekend series.
"Today we came out alot more focused and poised," coach Jeff Zinn said. "We were determined to play well in all facets of the match, and I thought we all played well today."
Penn State almost swept doubles play, as Russell Bader and Guanhua Chen led the way by winning the No. 1 doubles spot, 8-6. Bryan Welnetz and CJ Griffin followed them up by provided the clinching doubles point with their 8-1 victory in the second slot.
Bader and Welnetz in particular were strong for the Nittany Lions on the day. Welnetz knocked off William & Mary's Aaron Chaffey in the No. 1 singles slot, 6-3, 6-4, and Bader grinded out a victory in the second slot, 3-6, 7-6, 10-5.
The duo will continue to be important heading into Big Ten conference conference play, which starts at home next week against No. 4 Ohio State.
"Its great to start off with the best in the conference, the players are looking forward to the challenge," Zinn said.