MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In a match that was closer than the score-line indicated, the Buckeyes came out on top after a slight scare in singles. Tied 2-2 with the remaining three matches in the third set, breaks by the Buckeyes on the remaining three courts ensured the victory for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes go up to 17-2 on the season, and remain undefeated in B1G play at 4-0. Minnesota drops to 10-5 on the year, and loses their first Big Ten match of the year, with a 3-1 record.
Doubles was a strong showing for the Buckeyes. Getting some doubles action today was Kyle Seelig and Alex Kobelt, who were first to finish their match with a 6-1 victory over Marino Alpeza and Stefan Milicevic. Clinching was Mikael Torpegaard and John McNally, who defeated Matic Spec and Eli Ogilvy 6-3.
Singles also started off promising, with four of six first sets going to the Buckeyes.Martin Joyce continues to be on fire, defeating Jackson Allen 6-2, 6-0. Joyce has now been the first player to win singles for the Buckeyes in five straight matches, and is on a seven-match win streak.
Minnesota then started to mount a furious comeback, winning five of six second sets. The score soon drew even at 2-2, with straight set wins by Spec over JJ Wolf and Milicevic over McNally. The final three matches came down to third sets. At 3-3, Kyle Seelig and Tim Seibert both earned breaks over Josip Krstanovic and Eli Ogilvy respectively. From there, Seelig held serve to win his match, followed by Seibert to clinch. Last to finish was Torpegaard, who closed his match out strong after dropping the second set to defeat Felix Corwin 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to Madison, Wisconsin to face the No. 50 Badgers on Sunday. The Buckeyes will look to be the first team to defeat Wisconsin at home this year. Both teams are at five-match win streaks. One of these streaks will end on Sunday.
#2 Ohio State 5, #33 Minnesota 2
Ohio State 17-2, 4-0 Big Ten; National ranking #2
Minnesota 10-5, 3-1 Big Ten; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3,6,4,1)