Feb. 28, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State fans enjoyed a dominant performance at the Varsity Tennis Center as the No. 3 Buckeyes steamrolled past their first Big Ten opponent of the season. The Buckeyes are now 12-1 on the season and 1-0 against Big Ten teams, while Penn State falls to 5-5 and 0-1 in B1G play. This is the 20th straight win over the Nittany Lions for the Buckeyes.
Doubles was smooth sailing for the Buckeyes. Top-10 team Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce earned two breaks while defeating Constant De La Bassetiere and Christian Lakoseljac 6-2. Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez were close behind with two breaks of their own, to defeat Matt Galush and Gabriel Nemeth 6-2 for their 10th win of the season. JJ Wolf and John McNally were down 3-4 against Alp Sentay and Christos Antonopoulos when doubles play was halted.
The Buckeyes took their momentum from the doubles point and never looked back, only dropping one set on the day. Kyle Seelig was the star in singles, consistently placing his shots well on his way to a 6-0, 6-0 beatdown against Nemeth. The Buckeyes soon clinched with wins by John McNally and Tim Seibert, winning 6-2, 6-2 against Antonopoulos and 6-3, 6-1 against Sentay.
The teams elected to play the rest of the matches out. Martin Joyce finished up his match from there with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Zach Lieb. Mikael Torpegaard then got his sixth ranked win of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 performance against No. 99 De La Basse. The match was finished with a comeback by Wolf, who dropped the first set 6-4. He came roaring back in the second set 6-2, and finished with a 10-8 super tiebreaker win to give the Buckeyes their eight sweep of the season.
After winning their first Big Ten match of the season, the Buckeyes will finish up most of their non-conference play over the course of their next three matches. The Buckeyes will add three more top-20 matches to their total during this run. The Buckeyes will first travel to Athens, Georgia to face the No. 17 Georgia Bulldogs next Wednesday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. From there, they will spend their spring break in California, facing No. 11 USC on March 13 at 6 p.m., and No. 13 Arizona State the next day at 8 p.m. They then have mostly Big Ten matches the rest of regular season play, starting with an away Michigan State match on March 23 at 3 p.m. The Buckeyes won’t return to the Varsity Tennis Center until March 25 against rival No. 8 Michigan at noon.
#3 Ohio State 7, Penn State 0
Penn State 5-5
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,4,6,1,2)
Official: Marcus Lee T-1:58 A-131