COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team remained perfect in Big Ten play and perfect all-time against Nebraska as it cruised to a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
The Buckeyes are now 21-2 on the season and 7-0 in the conference while Nebraska falls to 9-10 overall and 0-7 in Big Ten play.
The doubles point didn’t take long as the Buckeyes claimed victories on courts two and three to secure the point. Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert continued their good play as they rolled to a 6-1 victory on court three. Shortly after, Riley Reist and Mikael Torpegaard beat Dylan Bednarczyk and Chris Dean 6-2 on court two. Martin Joyce and JJ Wolf were on serve at 4-4 on court one when the point was won.
The singles matches went much the same way as the Buckeyes won all six matches in straight sets. On court one, Torpegaard raced to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Toby Boyer. After dropping a midweek match at Kentucky, Torpegaard regained his form and lost just three games in each of his two victories over the weekend.
On court two, Wolf took down Bednarczyk 6-1, 6-3 for his seventh win in the last eight matches. Freshman Tim Seibert jumped up to court three for the first time in Big Ten play and showed little signs of struggle as he rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Martin Joyce claimed his 10th-straight win as he took down Micah Klousia 6-2, 6-2. Joyce is peaking at the right time as he has not lost in 12-straght matches dating back to Feb. 18.
Kyle Seelig rebounded from back-to-back losses with a solid 6-1, 6-2 win over Isaac Nortey on court five Sunday. He was also leading 6-4, 4-3 in his match Friday night before it was suspended.
On court six, redshirt-sophomore Alex Kobelt claimed his first Big Ten singles victory of the season with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Williams Grattan Smith. Kobelt was down a break at 4-5 in the first and then proceeded to win the final nine games of the match in dominating fashion.
The Buckeyes added a match with in-state rival Toledo and will play the Rockets later this evening at 4:30 p.m. Next weekend is a big one as the Buckeyes will host Illinois and Northwestern. The Illini are also unbeaten in the conference while Northwestern has lost just once. The match with Illinois is set for Saturday at Noon.
#3 Ohio State 7, Nebraska 0
1. #3 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Toby Boyer (NEB) 6-2, 6-1
2. #43 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. Dylan Bednarczyk (NEB) 6-1, 6-3
3. Tim Seibert (OSU) def. Linus Erhart (NEB) 6-1, 6-4
4. #123 Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Micah Klousia (NEB) 6-2, 6-2
5. #71 Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Isaac Nortey (NEB) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alex Kobelt (OSU) def. William GrattanSmith (NEB) 7-5, 6-0
1. JJ Wolf/Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. #81 Linus Erhart/Toby Boyer (NEB) 4-4, unfinished
2. Riley Reist/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Dylan Bednarczyk/Chris Dean (NEB) 6-2
3. Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. William GrattanSmith/Micah Klousia (NEB) 6-1
Nebraska 9-10 (0-7)
Ohio State 21-2 (7-0); National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,4,6,5,3)
Official: Marcus Lee T-1:39 A-177