Feb. 28, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No.3 Ohio State men’s tennis team won its fifth-straight match on Sunday, besting No. 47 Notre Dame 5-2 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind.
The Buckeyes continued their dominance of the Irish, winning for the 12th-straight time. The win came despite losing the doubles points for just the third time this season.
Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen won for the third-straight match at No. 1 singles, taking a 6-4 victory over Eddy Covalschi and Alex Lawson. But that was preceded by a loss from Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce on court two and followed by a loss from Chris Diaz and Hugo Di Feo on court three.
The Buckeyes may have one of the best singles lineups in the country and its strength showed on Sunday. Torpegaard, who has yet to lose in 2016, won for the 10th-straight time, making quick work of No. 40 Quentin Monaghan 6-1, 6-2. Torpegaard is ranked No. 6 in the country and has a record of 16-2 on the season.
Pollanen followed Torpegaard with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Eric Schnurrenberger on court four to make the score 2-1 Buckeyes. The lone singles win for the Irish came at No. 3 as Lawson was able to get the best of Diaz 6-2 in the third set. That result once again evened the match 2-2.
After a great start to the season, Di Feo had dropped his last two singles matches entering Sunday. But he would pick up a solid 6-4, 6-3 victory over Covalschi to put the Buckeyes on the verge of victory.
On court six, Joyce won the first set over Grayson Broadus 6-3 but then dropped the second set 6-4. In the third, he jumped all over Broadus early and would roll to a 6-0 victory. With the match already clinched, Steinbach would win the final three games of the third set over Hagar to take the set 7-5 and provide the final margin.
The Buckeyes now have eight wins over Top 50 opponents this season and are 14-1 overall. They remain on the road next Sunday when they head to Norman, Okla., for a match with No. 10 Oklahoma. The Sooners knocked-off the Buckeyes 4-3 last year in Columbus, halting the Buckeyes’ NCAA-record 200-match win streak. That match is set to start at 1 p.m. ET.
1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #40 Quentin Monaghan (ND) 6-1, 6-2
2. #17 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Lawson (ND) def. #32 Chris Diaz (OSU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. #45 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-4, 6-2
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Grayson Broadus (ND) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
1. #19 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Eddy Covalschi/Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4
2. Grayson Broadus/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #13 Ralf Steinbach/Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-2
3. Josh Hagar/Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Hugo Di Feo/Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-3
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking #3
Notre Dame 6-6; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)