Oct. 18, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s tennis doubles team of Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka picked up a pair of 8-5 victories on Saturday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Regional Championship.
The first match this afternoon for Steinbach and Metka was against Wyatt McCoy and Kenneth Sabacinski of Notre Dame. The Buckeye duo kept rolling with another 8-5 victory over Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton of Valparaiso. The doubles quarterfinals match against Michigan State’s tandem of Harry Jadun and John Patrick Mullane will begin Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Callahan and Chris Diaz won their first doubles match this afternoon 8-7(5) over Josef Dodridge and Jakhongir Jalalov of Wisconsin but then dropped an 8-5 decision to Kyle Johnson and Sten Leusink of DePaul. The teams of Matt Mendez and Riley Reist and Herrko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard each dropped their round of 32 matches on Saturday.
In singles play Saturday morning, Steinbach rolled in straight sets over Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-1 and Michael Tenzer (Wisconsin-GB) 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. He will face #53 Alex Petrone of Michigan Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Torpegaard will also be in quarterfinals action on Sunday morning as he took care of Northwestern’s Strong Kirchheimer 6-4, 6-4 and Gijs Linders (Michigan St.) 6-2, 6-1. He matches up opposite #78 Sam Shropshire of Northwestern.
Callahan won a hard fought match with Konrad Zieba of Northwestern 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 but then fell 7-5, 7-5 to top-seed Jared Hiltzik of Illinois. Metka also won his first match on Saturday morning, defeating Michigan’s Runhao Hua 7-6, 6-2 and then stumbled against #78 Sam Shropshire of Northwestern 7-6(5), 7-5.
Diaz made quick work of Michael Zhu of host Michigan 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 32 but dropped a back and forth three-set match to Aron Hiltzik of Illinois 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.
ITA Midwest Regionals Ann Arbor, Mich. Varsity Tennis Center
Day 2 Results Singles #62 Ralf Steinbach def. Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-1 #62 Ralf Steinbach def. Michael Tenzer (Wisconsin-GB) 6-2, 6-4 #86 Hunter Callahan def. Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 #6 Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) def. #86 Hunter Callahan 7-5, 7-5 Eric Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame) def. #92 Herkko Pollanen 6-3, 6-3 #T94 Kevin Metka def. Runhao Hua (Michigan) 7-6, 6-2 #78 Sam Shropshire (Northwestern) def. #T94 Kevin Metka 7-6(5), 7-5 John Patrick Mullane (Michigan St.) def. Matt Mendez 7-6(3), 6-3 Chris Diaz def. Michael Zhu (Michigan) 6-4, 6-2 Aron Hiltzik (Illinois) def. Chris Diaz 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 Mikael Torpegaard def. Strong Kirchheimer (Northwestern) 6-4, 6-4 Mikael Torpegaard def. Gijs Linders (Michigan St.) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles Mirko Radosevic/Manuel Bellutti (Cleveland St) def. Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard 8-7(5) #53 Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (Valparaiso) def. Matt Mendez/Riley Reist 8-5 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz def. Josef Dodridge/Jakhongir Jalalov (Wisconsin) 8-7(5) Kyle Johnson/Sten Leusink (DePaul) def. Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz 8-5 #16 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka def. Wyatt McCoy/Kenneth Sabacinski (Notre Dame) 8-5 #16 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metka def. Dave Bacalla/Chase Hamilton (Valparaiso) 8-5
Day 3 Schedule Singles #62 Ralf Steinbach vs. #53 Alex Petrone (Michigan) Mikael Torpegaard vs. #78 Sam Shropshire (Northwestern)
Doubles #16 Ralf Steinbach/Kevin Metk vs. Harry Jadun/John Patrick Mullane (Michigan St.)