March 15, 2022

Buckeyes Down #28 Texas A&M 5-2


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team continued to show why its one of the top teams in the country as the Buckeyes took down No. 28 Texas A&M 5-2 on Tuesday night in College Station.

The win lifts the Buckeyes to 15-1 on the season and they sweep the spring break Texas road trip as they also took down No. 15 Texas 4-3 on Sunday.

Ohio State and Texas A&M have had a nice rivalry recently. The teams have split the last four meetings and the win Tuesday gives the Buckeyes a 10-8 edge in the series.

The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the fourth consecutive match, this time with wins on courts one and two. The top-ranked team of Matej Vocel and Robert Cash rolled to a 6-3 victory and then Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy won 6-4 to clinch the point. Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter were tied 5-5 when the point was won.

The teams split the first sets in singles as each team won three opening sets each. Luke Casper was the first to finish on court six as he topped Lutschaunig 6-3, 6-2 to even the score at 1-1. Vocel continued his stellar play with a dominant 6-2, 6-4 win on court two over Raphael Perot. That put the Buckeyes back in front 2-1.

The next three matches all finished within a minute of one another. Guido Marson took down Jake Van Emburgh 6-2, 6-3 on court three followed shortly by a 6-4, 6-4 win from Trotter over Stefan Storch on court five. Kinglsey then provided the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-4 win of his own on court one, besting Noah Schachter.

With the match in hand, JJ Tracy and Giulio Perego played out the rest of their match on court five. Perego win the first set 6-4 and then Tracy rallied to win the second set 6-4. He won the set on a deuce point, 50-ball rally. In the super breaker, Perego ran out to a quick 5-2 lead, but Tracy won the next five points to seize control. He finished-off a tired Perego 10-7.

Up next, Ohio State will play at rival Michigan on Friday night in a rare non-conference match. First serve is set for 5 p.m.

#2 Ohio State 5, #28 Texas A&M 2

1. #8 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Noah Schachter (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #5 Matej Vocel (OSU) def. #98 Raphael Perot (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Guido Marson (TAMU) def. Jake Van Emburgh (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. #11 JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Giulio Perego (TAMU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
5. #26 James Trotter (OSU) def. Stefan Storch (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Luke Casper (TAMU) def. Andrew Lutschaunig (OSU) 6-3, 6-2

1. #1 Matej Vocel/Robert Cash (OSU) def. Noah Schachter/Kenner Taylor (TAMU) 6-3
2. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Stefan Storch/Matthis Ross (TAMU) 6-4
3. Giulio Perego/Raphael Perot (TAMU) vs. Andrew Lutschaunig/James Trotter (OSU) 5-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Ohio State 15-1; National ranking #2
Texas A&M 14-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,3,5,1,4)