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Oct. 17, 2014

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s tennis team enjoyed a solid opening day at the ITA Midwest Regionals in Ann Arbor on Friday as seven Buckeyes advanced in singles action and all three doubles teams picked up victories.

Friday morning opened with doubles action as the Buckeyes sent three teams to the courts and all three teams moved on. Herkko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard rolled past the team of Carl Hedstrom and Maurizio Feoli of Illinois-Chicago by a score of 8-2. Matt Mendez and Riley Reist took down Michael Sinha and Darius Mackenzie of Wisconsin 8-4 while Hunter Callahan and Chris Diaz defeated Gerard Guell and Karl Wangensten of IPFW by the same score.

The Buckeyes’ top-seeded team of Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka had a bye in the first round and will take on the team of Wyatt McCoy and Kenneth Sabacinski of Notre Dame on Saturday.

In singles action Friday afternoon, Pollanen dropped the first set 3-6 to Harry Jadun of Michigan State but rebounded to win the next two sets 6-2 and 6-3 to move into the second round. Steinbach had a little easier time in his first match, taking down Jacob Wilson of Illinois St. 6-1, 6-1.

Hunter Callahan, Chris Diaz and Kevin Metka also all won in straight sets. Callahan beat Kyle Johnson of DePaul 7-5, 6-1, Diaz took down fellow Big Ten foe Alp Horoz of Northwestern 6-3, 6-1 and Metka posted a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Josef Dodridge of Wisconsin. Torpegaard used the momentum from a win in the first set tie-break with Remi Chancerel of Youngstown St. to cruise to a 6-1 victory in the second.

In the final match of the night, Mendez and Marquette’s Daniel Fernandez split the first two sets with each claiming a 7-5 victory. In the third, Mendez jumped-out to a 4-0 lead and would close out the match 6-2. Riley Reist battled No. 53 Alex Petrone in the first set but eventually fell 5-7. He then dropped the second set 6-0 to lose the match.

Saturday morning will begin with singles play at 8 a.m. followed by doubles action beginning around 2 p.m.

ITA Midwest Regionals Ann Arbor, Mich. Day 1 Results

Singles #86 Hunter Callahan def. Kyle Johnson (DePaul) 7-5, 6-1 #92 Herkko Pollanen def. Harry Jadun (Michigan St.) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 #62 Ralf Steinbach def. Jacob Wilson (Illinois St.) 6-1, 6-1 #53 Alex Petrone (Michigan) def. Riley Reist 7-5, 6-0  Mikael Torpegaard vs. Remi Chancerel (Youngstown St.) 7-6(4), 6-1 Matt Mendez def. Daniel Fernandez (Marquette) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 Chris Diaz def. Alp Horoz (Northwestern) 6-3, 6-1 #T94 Kevin Metka def. Josef Dodridge (Wisconsin) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard def. Carl Hedstrom/Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 8-2 Matt Mendez/Riley Reist  def. Michael Sinha/Darius Mackenzie (Wisconsin) 8-4 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz def. Gerard Guell/Karl Wangensten (IPFW) 8-4
Day 2 Schedule
Singles #62 Ralf Steinbach vs. Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin) #86 Hunter Callahan vs. Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) #92 Herkko Pollanen vs. Eric Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame) #T94 Kevin Metka vs. Runhao Hua (Michigan) Matt Mendez vs. John Patrick Mullane (Michigan St.) Chris Diaz vs. Michael Zhu (Michigan) Mikael Torpegaard vs. Strong Kirchheimer (Northwestern)
Doubles
Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard vs. Mirko Radosevic/Manuel Bellutti (Cleveland St)  Matt Mendez/Riley Reist  vs. #53 Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (Valpariso) Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz vs. Josef Dodridge/Jakhongir Jalalov (Wisconsin) #16 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka  vs. Wyatt McCoy/Kenneth Sabacinski (Notre Dame)