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Feb. 1, 2015

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In a match that took almost 24 hours to complete, the No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team fell for the first time this season, dropping a back-and-forth 4-3 decision at No. 15 Texas A&M.

The match was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday but with the prediction of rain for Sunday afternoon, the match was started Saturday evening at 5 p.m. ET. But about an hour after it began, rain halted play at the outdoor Mitchell Tennis Center and despite a brief respite, the rain persisted and forced a delay until Sunday.

On Sunday, the teams traded points and with the score tied 3-3, Aggie Arthur Rinderknech was able to outlast senior Kevin Metka in three sets for the decisive point.

The loss drops Ohio State to 8-1 on the year while Texas A&M improves to 2-1.

The Buckeyes opened the match Saturday evening by dropping the doubles point as the No. 4-ranked team of Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka lost their first dual match of the season. The match was on serve until Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant, the No. 25-ranked duo, went up a break at 5-4 and then used their momentum to win the match 6-4.

At No. 2 doubles, the Buckeye duo of Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen were broken in the first game but got it back in the fourth game to even the score at 2-2. No. 18 Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo then took the lead 5-4 and served-out the match to win 6-4. The No. 3 doubles match on serve with the Buckeyes leading 5-4 when the point was clinched.

The singles matches got underway Saturday but were suspended about 30 minutes after they started. After the resumption of play on Sunday, Torpegaard wasted little time evening the match as he downed No. 29 Harrison Adams 6-2, 6-1.

The Aggies retook the lead when No. 96 Jeremy Efferding downed No. 66 Ralf Steinnbach on court three 6-2, 6-0 but again the Buckeyes answered with a win from Hunter Callahan. The Lower Gynedd, Pa., native picked up his ninth win of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 4.

Chris Diaz’s won the first set in a tie-break but No. 45 Shane Vinsant regrouped and won the next two sets 6-4, 6-2 to put the outcome of the match squarely on Metka’s shoulders.

Metka and Rinderknech went to tie-breaks in each of the first two sets with both claiming a victory. The third set remained on serve until Rinderknech was able to break Metka and take a 6-5 and then served-out the victory.

The Buckeyes return home to host USF next Sunday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m. Ohio State is looking for their 200th-straight home victory.

#15 Texas A&M 4, #5 Ohio State 3

Singles competition
1. #45 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #21 Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2
2. #89 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #29 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #66 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #53 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Kevin Metka (OSU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
6. Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #25 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #4 Kevin Metka/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4
2. #18 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #27 Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) 4-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,1,5)
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