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November 5, 2016

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FLUSHING, N.Y. – The ITA/USTA Indoor Singles Championship matches on Sunday will feature a Buckeye in each as top-seeds Mikael Torpegaard and Francesca Di Lorenzo advanced with semifinal victories on Saturday.

Torpegaard faced his first bit of adversity on Saturday. He had won his first three matches while on dropping a total of 10 games but against Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges, he would drop the second set before winning the deciding set 6-0. The Buckeye grabbed an early break in the first and served out to take the first set 6-4. In the second, both players claimed an early break and they would each hold serve the rest of the way into a tie-break.

In the tiebreaker, Borges raced out to a 6-1 lead only to see Torpegaard win five-straight points to even the score at 6-6. But Borges stepped up and won the next two points to take the set. Torpegaard regained his form and blew past Borges 6-0 in the deciding set.

Torpegaard will face Arkansas Michael Redlicki who defeated Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks in a straight sets. The Denmark native is looking to be the third Buckeye to win the ITA/USTA singles title, joining Jeremey Wurtzman and Bryan Koniecko.

Di Lorenzo, the No. 1 seed, dropped just three games in her semifinal match vs. Meible Chi, a freshman at Duke. Chi held in the opening game of the first set before Di Lorenzo won the next six games to claim the set 6-1. In the second set, Di Lorenzo held to open the set and won the next two games. After Chi held for a 3-1 advantage for the Buckeye, Di Lorenzo came back from 0-40 to win on the deuce point to go ahead 4-1 and then broke in the next game for a 5-1 advantage. Chi broke Di Lorenzo’s serve in the following game on the deuce point for a 5-2 set. In the next game, Di Lorenzo broke Chi, winning three of the final four points, to clinch the set, 6-2, and the match.

In the final Sunday, Di Lorenzo will face Hayley Carter of North Carolina. The Tar Heel was ranked No. 1 to open the fall and is the No. 4 seed in National Indoors. The two met in the semifinals of the ITA All-American Championships in early October, with the Buckeye prevailing, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Last year Di Lorenzo and Carter faced off in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Round of 16, a 6-2, 6-4 win by the Buckeye. Di Lorenzo went on to win the tournament title.

At the Big Ten Singles and Doubles Championship, junior Matt Mendez and freshman Kyle Seelig each had themselves a solid day, advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles draw. Mendez downed Illinois’ Gui Gomes in straight sets to advance to play Dominik Stary of Northwestern. Seelig, who is coming off a solid showing at the ITA Midwest Regional, defeated Illinois’ Pablo Landa 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16 and then after losing the opening set to Penn State’s Matt Galush, he rolled to 6-0, 6-4 victories in the next two sets to punch his ticket into the round of 16.

Seelig, the No. 3 seed in the draw, will face Josef Dodridge of host Wisconsin on Sunday.

In the doubles main draw, Mendez and Hunter Tubert advanced to the championship match with a 6-2 win over Matthew McCoy and Zac Brodney of Indiana the quarters and a 6-4 victory over Josh Silverstein and Eleftherios Theodorou in the semifinals. The top-seeded Buckeye duo will take on No. 2 seed Dodridge and Chema Carranza of Wisconsin in Sunday’s final.

Seelig and Alex Kobelt played a consolation doubles match on Saturday a well but came up short, 6-4, against David Kohan and Henry Gordon of Penn State. In singles consolation action, Riley Reist defeated Iowa’s Jonas Lawson in a back and forth three-set match. Reist lost the first set in a tie-break but would respond by winning the second set 6-3. The third set was a super-breaker to 10 and the Buckeye would come out on the winning end 10-7. Earlier, Reist had defeated Doug Francken of Michigan State in the opening round of the main singles draw but fell to Iowa’s Robin Haden in the second round.

On day two of the LWR Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic, senior Miho Kowase and junior Olivia Sneed posted quarterfinals wins before falling in the semifinals.

Kowase, the No. 4 seed, rallied from a set down to defeat Virginia Tech’s Natalie Novotna, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals and Sneed swept Hokie Caroline Daxhelet, 6-3, 6-4. Senior Ferny Angeles Paz lost a close quarterfinal match to top seed Anna Danilina of Florida, 7-5, 6-4.

In the semifinals, Kowase lost to Danilina, 6-3, 6-4, and Elena Cerezo-Codina of Virginia Tech defeated Sneed, 6-2, 6-4.

November 4, 2016

With a pair of victories each on Friday, top seeds Mikael Torpegaard and Francesca Di Lorenzo have each advanced to the semifinals of the ITA/USTA Indoor Singles Championships in Flushing, N.Y.

Torpegaard lost just six games in his two wins on Friday, topping Virginia’s JC Aragone 6-3, 6-0 in the morning and then besting UCLA’s Gage Brymer 6-1, 6-2 in the afternoon. Saturday’s semifinals will feature Torpegaard against No. 4-seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State and Michael Redlicki of Arkansas against big serving Chris Eubanks of Georgia Tech.

Eubanks started his run to the semis on Friday with 6-3, 6-2 victory over Buckeye Hugo Di Feo.

Torpegaard is looking to become just the third Buckeye to win the ITA/USTA Singles National Championship. Jeremy Wurtzman won the title in 2003 and Bryan Koniecko took home the crown in 2008.

Di Lorenzo is seeking to defend her national title from a year ago. She make quick work of Cal’s Karla Popovic in the second round 6-0, 6-4 but had a little tougher time with rival Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals. The two played a pair of three-set matches last year and Friday’s match also went the distance. Di Lorenzo won the opening set 6-2 and looked like she would close it out in the second but Campbell won four-straight games to win the set 7-5. In the third, Di Lorenzo regained her form and claimed the match 6-1.

Di Lorenzo will take on Duke’s Meible Chi who took down No. 3 seed Luisa Stefani on Friday morning. The other semifinal will see North Carolina’s Hayley Carter face Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt.

In other action on Friday, the men took part in the Big Ten Individual Championships in Madison, Wisc. No. 4 seed Matt Mendez received a bye in the first round and won a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 match against Iowa’s Jake Jacoby to advance to the quarterfinals.

Hunter Tubert is also on to the quarterfinals as he knocked-off Nebraska’s Chris Dean 6-3, 6-4 in the morning and then beat Michigan State’s Michael Dube 6-2, 6-1 in the afternoon. Tuber and Mendez then teamed up to take down Nika Dolidze and Marc Collado of Penn State 6-1 to also advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw.

Redshirt-freshman Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig won their opening round doubles match 6-1 but then fell to No. 2 seed Josef Dodridge and Chema Carranza of host Wisconsin.

The women were also playing in an event this weekend, the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Florida. All three Buckeyes who were in action won two matches to advance to the singles quarterfinals. Senior Miho Kowase, the No. 4 seed, dropped just one game combined, winning her first round match 6-0, 6-1 and her second 6-0, 6-0. Senior Ferny Angeles Paz posted a shutout in the first round and followed with a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the Round of 16. Junior Olivia Sneed rallied after dropping the first set in the morning to post a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win. In the Round of 16, Sneed prevailed in a close match, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

The singles quarterfinals are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, with the semifinals set for 1:30 p.m.

In doubles, Angeles Paz and Kowase lost a tiebreaker in the first round, 8-7 (5).

November 3, 2016

Three Buckeyes claimed victory in the opening round of the ITA/USTA Indoor Singles  Championships in Flushing, N.Y. on Thursday. Top-seeds Mikael Torpegaard and Francesca Di Lorenzo as well as junior Hugo Di Feo all won in decisive two-set fashion.

Torpegaard faced Texas’ Christian Sigsgaard who made in impressive run out of qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships in September. The Buckeye broke Sigsgaard in his first service game and would hold that edge to a 6-4 victory in the first. He then rolled to a 6-0 win in the second set to advance. He will square-off with Virginia’s JC Aragone who won the Atlantic Regional title last month.

Di Feo took on North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider who received one of six at-large entries into the event. The first set was on serve until Di Feo broke at 5-3. He was broken back by Schneider at 5-4 but closed-out the set with a second-straight break of Schneider to win 6-4.

In the second, Schneider took the early lead with a break at 3-1 but Di Feo was able to even the set at 4-4. After trading holds in the next three games, the Montreal native won the match with his fourth break of the day at 7-5. Di Feo will take on Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks in the round of 16 on Friday morning. Eubanks, who was a quarterfinalist at the All-American Championships, knocked-off No. 3-seed Yuta Ita of Texas in three sets.

Di Lorenzo, the No. 1 seed on the women’s side, dropped just one game in each set in her first set victory over Claudia Herrero of Nevada. The Buckeye sophomore won the first five games of the first set, coming back from down 15-40 to hold for a 5-0 lead. Herrero won the next game, but Di Lorenzo closed the set out in the ensuing game. In the second set, Di Lorenzo again won the first five games, breaking for a 5-0 lead. The players exchanged breaks to close out the match.

In the round of 16 Friday, Di Lorenzo will face Karla Popovic of California, who won her first round match in three sets. The quarterfinals will also be played Friday.