Jan. 18, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team opened the season in a family way, by sweeping in-state foes Toledo and Cleveland State on Wednesday at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes topped Toledo 7-0 in the afternoon and then bested CSU 4-0 in the evening.
In the first match of the day against Toledo, the team of Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert blitzed Vince Anzalone and Luka Vitosevic 6-0 for the first doubles victory of the season. That was followed by a 6-3 victory from Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen over Omar Espinosa Stephen Miller to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.
In singles, Kyle Seelig and Mendez both won their opening sets on courts four and five 6-0 and after dropping the opening game on court one, Torpegaard won the next six games to take the first set from Espinosa 6-1. Seelig, the Big Ten Singles runner-up from the fall, then won the race for first off the court as he won 6-0, 6-1 over Miller. Mendez quickly followed with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Reid Teatsorth and Torpegaard clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
Martin Joyce pushed the score to 5-0 Buckeyes as he took down Vitosevic 6-4, 6-0 on court three. Alex Kobelt claimed his first dual match victory as a Buckeye with a solid 6-1, 7-5 win over Ernie Suksathaporn at No. 6 singles. The final point was the most competitive of the match. Pollanen won the opening set over Anzalone in a tie-break 7-6 and then finished the match with a 6-4 victory in the second.
The evening match against Cleveland State started out the same way as the first match with the Buckeyes taking the doubles point. Torpegaard and Pollanen snagged their second victory of the day with a 6-3 victory over Colton Buffington and Kevin Goth.
The Vikings raced out to a quick 3-1 lead on court two before Mendez and Tubert fought to get back on serve and went up a break themselves at 5-4. Joyce and Riley Reist on court three went up and break midway through the set and was serving for the set at 5-4. Both matches finished on the same point which left the Buckeyes with a pair of 6-4 victories and a 1-0 lead.
Torpegaard overmatched Nico Mostardi at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 to make the score 2-0 Buckeyes. Seelig then followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win of his own over Jack Santilli to shove the lead to 3-0. On the day, Seelig dropped just one game in singles play on court four. The newest Buckeye, JJ Wolf, clinched the match with his first collegiate victory. He defeated Colton Buffington at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-1.
The Buckeyes will return to action next Tuesday, Jan. 24 when they host familiar foes Butler and Xavier. The Butler match will start at 11 a.m. and the Xavier match will start at 4 p.m.