COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 ranked and top seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team fell short to fourth ranked and fifth seeded TCU in the semifinal round of the ITA Indoor National Championship in a fierce back-and-forth match. This is the Buckeyes’ first loss of the season.
The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point on the day. Court two finished first with Jong and Maxted beating James Trotter and Justin Boulais 6-2. Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy finished next on court three with a strong 6-3 win. The point was decided when Fomba and Fearnley beat Matej Vocel and Robert Cash 6-4.
In singles, Tracy blitzed his match and finished first on court four with a quick 6-0, 6-2 straight sets win. Kingsley finished next on court two with a 6-4, 6-0 straight sets win to put the Buckeyes up 2-1. Trotter finished soon after with a dominant 6-3 first set and a hard fought 6-4 second set increasing the Buckeye lead to 3-1. TCU fought back when Cash was beat on court six 5-7, 2-6 as well as Vocel on court one 6-4, 6-4 tying the match at 3-3. The deciding point came down to Jake Van Emburgh and Jong on court three where Van Emburgh dropped the first set 5-7 but came back in a hard fought 7-6 (3) tiebreak second set. However, the deciding point fell to the Horned Frogs with Jong’s 6-0 third set win making the final score 4-3 TCU.
#1 Ohio State 3, #4 TCU 4
1. #44 Luc Fomba (TCU) def. #6 Matej Vocel (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #16 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. #15 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TCU) 6-4, 6-0
3. #109 Sander Jong (TCU) def. Jake Van Emburgh (TCU) 5-7, 7-6 (3)
4. #11 JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Pedro Vives Marcos (TCU) 6-0, 6-2
5. #36 James Trotter (OSU) def. #52 Jacob Fearnley (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
6. #69 Lui Maxted (TCU) def. Robert Cash (OSU) 7-6, 6-2
1. Luc Fomba/Jake Fearnley (TCU) 6-3 def. #1 Robert Cash/Matej Vocel (OSU) 6-4
2. #25 Sander Jong/Lui Maxted (TCU) def. #2 Justin Boulais/James Trotter (OSU) 6-2
3. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Juan Carlos Aguilar/Tim Ruehl (TCU) 6-3
Ohio State 11-1; National ranking #1
TCU 11-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,5,6,1,3)
ITA Indoor National Championship Semifinal