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Jan. 31, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After splitting their two season meetings last season, the No. 8 Buckeyes defeated the No. 26 Longhorns 4-0 in their first meeting in Columbus on Sunday.

To begin the match, the Buckeyes won a highly contested doubles point. After Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce rolled to a 6-3 victory on Court 1, Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen lost to Rodrigo Banzer and Harrison Scott 6-4 on Court 3. To clinch the point, Chris Diaz and Hugo Di Feo defeated the Longhorns’ second doubles team of Julian Zlobinsky and George Goldhoff 6-4 to take a 1-0 lead.

Winning five of six first sets, the Buckeyes hit their stride in singles competition. Steinbach defeated No. 114 Michael Reichmann of Texas 6-3, 6-3 to give the Buckeyes their second point on the day. Torpegaard defeated Goldhoff 6-4, 7-6, dominating the second set tiebreaker 7-1. Pollanen clinched the Buckeye sweep battling back from a 6-1 first set loss to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Both Torpegaard and Steinbach earned their fifth victories of the season and neither has dropped a set in singles play. The Buckeyes now have opened the year with seven-straight 4-0 sweeps heading into next week’s matchup with No. 18 Virginia Tech. That match will begin at Noon on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Varsity Tennis Center.