Feb. 17, 2018
SEATTLE, Wash. – Ohio State senior Mikael Torpegaard picked-up his biggest win of the year, a 6-4, 6-4 over the top-ranked player in the country Martin Redlicki but UCLA took the crucial doubles point and held the upper hand in singles to down OSU 4-1 on Saturday.
This is the first loss of the season for the Buckeyes who now drop down to the consultation bracket of the ITA Indoor National Team Championships.
The Buckeyes lost the doubles points for the first time this season. John McNally and JJ Wolf fell behind two early breaks to Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith and despite getting one of those back, they ultimately fell 6-4. Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert also suffered the same fate, falling 6-4 to Maxime Cressy and Bryce Pereira on court three. Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce were on serve through 5-5 before breaking their Bruin counter parts and were leading 6-5 and 30-0 when the point was secured.
The Bruins pushed the score 2-0 quickly in singles as Connor Hance took the match on court six over Joyce 6-4, 6-3.
The feature match in singles was on court one as No. 5 Torpegaard took on No. 1 Redlicki. Torpegaard jumped out early in the first set and took the opener 6-4. He then got the only break of the second set and rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 victory for his second win over a No. 1 ranked player in his career. That win got the Buckeyes on the board.
Court two featured a rematch of the $25,000 USA34 Harlingen Futures finals between Zhu and Wolf from October in which Wolf won for his first pro tournament title. Zhu held the upper hand on Saturday however as he won the first set 6-3 and then outlasted Wolf 7-5 in a key second-set tiebreaker to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
The clinching point came moments later on court four as Logan Staggs took down Buckeye freshman Tim Seibert 7-5, 6-3.
McNally was serving up 3-1 in the third set against Smith and Kyle Seelig was was up 6-5 in the second set vs. Cressy after dropping the first set.
The Buckeyes will now play the loser of the match between North Carolina and Texas A&M on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
#7 UCLA 4, #2 Ohio State 1
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #1 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4, 6-4
2. Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. #41 JJ Wolf (OSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
3. #56 John McNally (OSU) vs. #107 Keegan Smith (UCLA) 6-4, 2-6, 3-1, unfinished
4. #58 Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Tim Seibert (OSU) 7-5, 6-3
5. #30 Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Maxime Cressy (UCLA) 6-7 (3-7), 6-5, unfinished
6. Connor Hance (UCLA) def. Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-3, 6-4
1. #25 Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Martin Redlicki/Evan Zhu (UCLA) 6-5, unfinished
2. Austin Rapp/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. JJ Wolf/John McNally (OSU) 6-4
3. Maxime Cressy/Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. #43 Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (OSU) 6-4
UCLA 9-1; National ranking #7
Ohio State 9-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,1,2,4)