May 22, 2017
Tucker Post Match Interviews
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ATHENS, Ga. — The Ohio State run in the NCAA Tennis Championships came to an end on a soggy Monday in Athens, Ga. In a match that was delayed by rain for nearly four hours, the Buckeyes fell 4-2 to No. 2 Virginia. Ohio State finishes the season with a record of 33-4.
Up next, five Buckeyes will compete in the singles and doubles championships which will get underway on Wednesday in Athens.
- This was the third matchup between the teams in the NCAA Championship and the second-straight in the semifinals.
- The Buckeyes finish the season at 33-4 overall
- The loss snaps Ohio State’s 17 match win streak
- The Buckeyes won another exciting doubles point to grab the early 1-0 lead
- Hunter Tubert and JJ Wolf went up an early break and held it throughout for a 6-4 victory
- Martin Joyce and Hugo Di Feo went up 4-3 but lost the next three games to drop the match 6-4
- On court one, Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen battled Carl Soderlund and Luca Corinteli right into a tiebreaker. Neither team was able to break serve. The Cavaliers were up 40-30 and had two match points but the Buckeyes were able to hold and head to a tiebreak.
- In the breaker, the Buckeyes raced-out to a 6-0 lead and would eventually go on to win 7-3.
- The win avenged a 6-0 loss to Soderlund and Corinteli in the finals of the National Indoors.
- The momentum from the doubles point was short lived as Virginia rallied to win five of the six first sets.
- The Hoos went ahead 2-1 as Thai-Son Kwiatkowski downed Wolf 6-2, 6-2 on court two and Collin Altamirano bested Joyce 6-3, 6-3 on court four.
- On court five, Pollanen dropped the opening set to J.C. Aragone 6-3 but then went ahead 3-0 in the second. Aragone regained his stride and would win the next six games to take the match in straight sets and put the Cavaliers up 3-1.
- Needing the final three matches, the Buckeyes started to get some momentum.
- Torpegaard split the first two sets 6-2, and 2-6 with Alexander Ritschard and found himself in a third-set tie break to decide the match. Torpegaard went up 6-3 in the breaker when rain halted the match.
- At the same time, Di Feo rallied from dropping the first set to Carl Soderlund and won the second set 6-4. He was up a break at 2-1 in the third when the rains came.
- Another pivotal match was up on court six. Kyle Seelig lost the opening set 7-5 to Henrik Wiersholm and went down a break at 4-5 in the second. He saved a match point at 40-40 to get back on serve but was broken again to go down 5-6. Wiersholm was leading 40-15 before Seelig saved one match point to make it 40-30. The officials then halted the match because of the rain.
- After a four hour delay, the match was moved indoors and the teams were given two courts.
- Torpegaard started and won the first point to take the breaker 7-3 and put the second point in the board for the Buckeyes.
- But at the same time, Seelig lost a long rally with Wiersholm and the Cavaliers would win the match 4-2.
#2 VIRGINIA (33-1) 4, #3 OHIO STATE (33-3) 2
1. Mikael Torpegaard/ Herkko Pollanen (OHIO STATE) def. #17 Luca Corinteli/Carl Söderlund (VIRGINIA), 7-6 (3)
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VIRGINIA) def. #30 Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce (OHIO STATE), 6-4
3. Hunter Tubert/ JJ Wolf (OHIO STATE) def. Collin Altamirano/J.C. Aragone (VIRGINIA), 6-4
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OHIO STATE) def. #91 Alexander Ritschard (VIRGINIA), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (3)
2. #14 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VIRGINIA) def. #46 JJ Wolf (OHIO STATE), 6-2, 6-2
3. #9 Hugo Di Feo (OHIO STATE) vs. Carl Söderlund (VIRGINIA), 5-7, 6-4, 2-1, uf
4. #40 Collin Altamirano (VIRGINIA) def. Martin Joyce (OHIO STATE), 6-0, 6-3
5. #109 J.C. Aragone (VIRGINIA) def. Herkko Pollanen (OHIO STATE), 6-3, 6-3
6. #102 Henrik Wiersholm (VIRGINIA) def. Kyle Seelig (OHIO STATE), 7-5, 7-5
Doubles (3,2,1) Singles (2,4,5,1,6)