May 1, 2022

Buckeyes Fall Short in B1G Championship

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a tough fight for the Buckeyes in their 18th consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship appearance. Ohio State and Michigan were split on the year at 1-1 before today with both teams earning victories at home. In classic Ohio State vs. Michigan fashion, the series winner left with a Big Ten Championship.

The doubles competition was fitting of a #1 vs. #2 seed championship match and was an intense battle that came down to the wire. All Buckeyes fell behind early in the matches. However, after trailing 0-1 and 1-2, Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy took control and finished first with a 6-3 victory. Matej Vocel and Robert Cash were unable to overcome their early deficit and dropped the match 3-6. It came down to the duo of Andrew Lutschaunig and Justin Boulais. They too fell behind early in the match and were trailing 0-1 and 1-2. They then found their stride and won three straight taking a 4-2 lead. Michigan stormed back and tied the match at 4-4, however, Boulais and Lutschaunig fired back and took two straight points winning the match and clinching the doubles point with a 6-4 victory.

It was a similar scene in singles as there were five total tiebreaker sets. Michigan won three straight and took a 3-1 lead. Although Vocel and Boulais lost in straight sets both were close matches each having a tiebreaker set. JJ Tracy followed with a straight sets victory cutting Michigan’s lead to 3-2. Kingsley battled but dropped a tiebreaker point that sent the match to the third set. After winning a tiebreaker in the first set, Jake Van Emburgh dropped the second set 4-6. It came down to Cannon Kingsley and Jake Van Emburgh in the third set to decide the match. 30th ranked Ondrej Styler got out to an early lead against Kingsley. Styler overcame a late rally from Kingsley and took the third set 6-4 clinching the Michigan win.

The Buckeyes are back in action this Friday for NCAA Regionals.

#2 Ohio State 2, #7 Michigan 4

Singles
1. #30 Ondrej Styler (UM) def. #10 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4
2. Patrick Maloney (UM) def. #11 Matej Vocel (OSU) 7-6 (2), 6-4
3. #21 JJ Tracy (OSU) def. #63 Andrew Fenty (UM) 7-6 (7), 6-4
4. #117 Jake Van Emburgh (OSU) vs. #61 Jacob Bickersteth (UM) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 3-3 unfinished
5. #94 Gavin Young (UM) def. #42 James Trotter (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. #103 Nino Ehrenschneider (UM) def. Justin Boulais (OSU) 7-5, 7-6 (6)

Doubles
1. #36 Andrew Fenty/Nino Ehrenschneider (UM) def. #1 Matej Vocel/Robert Cash (OSU) 3-6
2. Andrew Lutschaunig/Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Patrick Maloney/Nick Beaty (UM) 6-4
3. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Ondrej Styler/Jacob Bickersteth (UM) 6-3

Match Notes:
Ohio State 24-3; National ranking #4
Michigan 22-3; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,6,3,1)
T- 3:16

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