February 3, 2018

Ohio State tops Texas 4-0

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Feb. 3, 2018

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MTEN: Ohio State tops Texas 4-0
The No. 2 Buckeyes sweep their first ranked opponent of the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 420 fans filled the stands as The Ohio State Buckeyes showed why they’re a top-5 tennis program in the country, sweeping the Texas Longhorns 4-0. After winning an exciting and intense doubles point, the Buckeyes were firing on all cylinders, and the Longhorns couldn’t overcome a loaded singles lineup. Ohio State moves up to 6-0 on the year, while Texas drops to 4-2.

The atmosphere at the Varsity Tennis Center was great, as the Buckeyes got tons of support from their fans today, especially during the closest doubles point this season for the Buckeyes. Facing two ranked doubles teams, the Scarlet and Gray held their own, not giving up a set on their way to clinching the doubles point. Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert looked their best all season, as they quickly dispatched of their first ranked opponent of the season, beating No. 23 Yuya Ito/Harrison Scott 6-0.

The other two matches took much longer. JJ Wolf and John McNally lost an early break, and the score eventually became 3-5 with the Longhorns having the opportunity to serve out the match. Taking advantage of mistakes by the Longhorns, they broke back and held serve to eventually make the score 6-6. While a good sign for the Buckeyes going forward, that match didn’t matter in the end as Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce defeated a top-5 doubles team in the country, defeating Leonardo Telles/Rodrigo Banzer 6-4. Both teams held serve, overcoming multiple break points up to 5-4 with the Longhorns serving. After some nice volleys, the Buckeyes found themselves up 40-0 with four match points. It only took one however, as the Longhorns double faulted to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.

The Buckeyes took this momentum from doubles going forward into singles, and never looked back. Although facing their first ranked opponents in three ranked singles players as well as two ranked doubles duos, one of the most interesting facts of the match is that all Buckeyes facing ranked singles or doubles teams won, while all matches with unranked Texas players were never finished before a clinch.

After singles started, the score soon went up 3-0 in favor of the Buckeyes, with dominant wins by Torpegaard and Wolf. It was a good sign for the Buckeyes, who will look to rely on their top two guys for wins in future matches. Facing his first ranked opponent of the season, Torpegaard looked his usual self in defeating No. 27 Scott 6-1, 6-3 on court 1. Having a successful freshman season, Wolf has only seemed to get better as he rolled over No. 37 Telles 6-1, 6-0 court 2.

If one of these matches had gone sour, the Scarlet and Gray seemingly could have counted on a win from Kyle Seelig, who was up 6-4, 5-1 with serve on court 6. McNally was putting up a good comeback against Yuya Ito, up a break at 5-4 in the second set after losing 6-2 in the first. Tim Seibert was down a break and a set in his match against Christian Sigsgaard, who at one point last season was No. 12 and the Longhorn’s top guy when facing the Buckeyes.

Yet to lose a point this season, the Buckeyes still have a series of obstacles ahead of them in the coming weeks. Facing No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 8 Florida, the Buckeyes have two more matches at the VTC before travelling to Seattle, Washington where they hope to win the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, a tournament they were runner-up in last year.

Box Score:

#2 Ohio State 4, #13 Texas 0

Singles competition
1. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #27 Harrison Scott (TEXAS) 6-1, 6-3
2. #60 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. #37 Leonardo Telles (TEXAS) 6-1, 6-0
3. #57 John McNally (OSU) vs. Yuya Ito (TEXAS) 2-6, 5-4, unfinished
4. Tim Seibert (OSU) vs. Christian Sigsgaard (TEXAS) 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
5. #102 Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #98 Rodrigo Banzer (TEXAS) 6-3, 6-3
6. #26 Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Adrian Ortiz (TEXAS) 6-4, 5-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. #5 Leonardo Telles/Rodrigo Banzer (TEXAS) 6-4
2. JJ Wolf/John McNally (OSU) vs. Christian Sigsgaard/Adrian Ortiz (TEXAS) 6-6, unfinished
3. Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. #23 Yuya Ito/Harrison Scott (TEXAS) 6-0

Match Notes:
Texas 4-2; National ranking #13
Ohio State 6-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,5)
Official: Marcus Lee  T-2:00  A-420