Feb. 19, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
In its second meeting in five days with Texas A&M, No. 6 Ohio State blitzed the No. 7 Aggies 4-0 Friday night in Columbus. Ohio State had not swept a top-10 opponent since Feb. 25, 2011 when they defeated then No. 7 Kentucky 4-0.
“It’s never easy beating a good team twice in a week,” said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. “We got smoked in doubles on Sunday and we made a couple of adjustments this week and guys stepped up and set the tone early. Doubles may be their best point and when we were able to get the upper hand early, I think it shocked them a little bit.”
The Buckeyes got off to a much better start than their previous meeting with the Aggies. Hugo Di Feo and Chris Diaz got the Buckeyes rolling with a 6-2 victory on court three over the 33rd nationally ranked doubles team of Max Lunkin and Jordi Arconada. On court two, Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant to put Ohio State up 1-0. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen were leading their opponents 5-2 when the point was won.
Ohio State continued their momentum into singles play, winning four of the six first sets. Courts five and six gave the Buckeyes the legs to go the distance. Steinbach scored the second point for the Buckeyes defeating Jackson Withrow 6-2, 6-4 on court six. Shortly after, Joyce defeated AJ Catanzariti 6-3, 6-3 on court five to put the Buckeyes up 3-0. Diaz then secured the Buckeye victory on court three with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Shane Vinsant.
In the 13th meeting all-time between the two teams, the Buckeyes took the lead in the series with Texas A&M 7-6. The Buckeyes remain a perfect 4-0 in Columbus when facing the Aggies.
This is Ohio State’s second straight win against a top-10 opponent this season. The previous back-to-back top-10 victories came on the Buckeyes’ road to win the 2014 ITA Indoor National Championship defeating then No. 1 Virginia and No. 3 Southern Cal for the title.
“The win feels good but we can’t celebrate too long because another top-25 team in Florida is coming in on Sunday,” Tucker said.
Ohio State is back in action at Noon on Sunday when it faces the No. 23 Florida Gators at the Varsity Tennis Center. Sunday is also Alumni Day at the VTC.