October 4, 2019

ITA All-American Championship Recap



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October 13, 2019

What a week it was for Cannon Kingsley as he won the consolation bracket champion at the ITA All-American Championships on Sunday afternoon. Kingsley defeated Notre Dame’s Richard Ciamarra 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6) in Sunday’s final.

The match was a good back and forth battle. Kinglsey rolled through the first set and then Ciamarra held the upper hand in the second. In the third, the pair remained on serve before Kingsley got the first break to go up 4-3. The two then traded breaks until it was 5-5. Both would finally hold, including  Kinglsey fighting off three match points, to force a tiebreaker. In the breaker, Kingsley jumped out 4-2 but then Ciamarra evened the score at 6-6 before Kingsley won two-straight to take the match.

Kinglsey’s week started on Wednesday with a loss to Southern Cal’s Riley Smith in the opening round of the main draw. He then dropped into the consolation bracket and would knock-off five consecutive ranked opponents, including No. 79 Zeke Clark of Illinois and No. 38 Jonas Ziverts of Arizona, to take the title.

October 12, 2019

Kingsley punched his ticket into the finals of the consolation draw with another impressive 6-1, 6-3 win over Jonas Ziverts of Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. That win not only put him in position to win the consolation bracket but it also earned him a spot in the ITA Fall Championships in Newport Beach, Calif., next month.

The New York native will face Norte Dame’s Richard Ciamarra in Sunday’s championship match. Ciiamarra took down US Santa Barbara’s Joseph Guillin in straight—sets.

Cannon Kingsley picked up a pair of impressive victories on Friday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the consolation bracket of the ITA All-American Championship. 

He first took down one of the top returning players in the Big Ten in Illinois’ Zeke Clark. The New York native dropped the first set in a tiebreak 7-1 but rallied to win the second set which also went to a tiebreaker. In the third, Kingsley pulled out a 7-5 victory to move into the quarters.

He then took the first set from No. 48 Brian Cernoch of North Carolina 6-1 before falling 6-4 in the second. The third set went the way of Kinglsey 6-3 and he finds himself in the semis on Saturday. He will take on No. 38 Jonas Ziverts of Arizona at Noon ET.

October 11, 2019

After Thursday, Cannon Kingsley is the only remaining Buckeye in the tournament. In the consolation bracket, Kingsley defeated Luc Fomba of TCU (6-0,6-2) to advance to the next round where he will play Zeke Clark of Illinois at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

 Robert Cash and John McNally fell to Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick of Notre Dame in a hard-fought third set tiebreaker (7-6(8), 6-7(5), 1-0(6)). In the singles draw, John McNally fell to Phillip Henning of Georgia (6-3,6-1). 

The Buckeyes are headed back in preparation to host the ITA Midwest Regional beginning Thursday, October 17, 2019.

October 10, 2019

John McNally was the sole Buckeye in the singles bracket to advance to the next round. After beating Kareem Allaf of Iowa in two sets (7-6(2), 6-2), McNally will face Philip Hennig of Georgia at 10:30 a.m. (CT).  

In the doubles main draw, Robert Cash and McNally defeated Patrick Kaukovalta and Edson Ortiz of Alabama (6-4, 6-4). They are set to sqaure off against Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick of Notre Dame in a pivotal second round matchup at 2:00 p.m. (CT).  

October 9, 2019

On Tuesday, there were three Buckeyes that advanced to the main draw singles bracket, and one doubles team to qualify for the doubles main draw 

John McNally enters the main draw as the only seeded representative from Ohio State. The No.7 seed will square off against Kareem Allaf of Iowa at 12:00 p.m. (CT). On the opposite side of the bracket, Kyle Seelig is facing Tim Sandkaulen of Ole Miss at 10:30 a.m. (CT) leading up to freshman Cannon Kinglsley’s match against Riley Smith of USC also at 12:00 p.m. (CT).  

Following the first round of singles play, Robert Cash and John McNally will lead their doubles team into a 2:00 p.m (CT) contest versus Patrick Kaukovalta and Edson Ortiz of Alabama.  The tandem clinched their spot by winning the tiebreaker (6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (5)) over Bradley Frye and Riley Smith of USC in the fourth round of the qualifier. 

October 8, 2019

As the second and third rounds of the qualifying singles draw approaches, James Trotter is the lone representative for Ohio State. However, there are two Buckeye pairs that will compete in the third round of the doubles bracket.  

After defeating No. 3-seed Adam Ambrozy of Columbia (6-2,6-2) on Monday, Trotter is set to face Raphael Lambling of South Carolina in a second round matchup at 1:30 p.m. (CT) down in Tulsa. James Trotter and Justin Boulais won convincingly over Josh Howard and Tripp Hunter of Arkansas (6-2, 6-2) and will now matchup with Sean Sculley and Nick Stachowiak of Duke at 5:00 p.m. (CT). 

On the other end of the bracket, John McNally and Robert Cash land themselves in the third round after a hard-fought victory over Filip Malbasic and Jonas Ziverts of Arizona (6-2,2-6, 1-0(7)). They will square off with No. 2-seed Bradley Frye and Riley Smith of USC at 2:00 p.m. (CT). 

October 7, 2019

The qualifying draws gets underway on Monday in Tulsa. As of Monday morning, James Trotter is the only Buckeye in the qualifying singles draw while there are three OSU teams in the doubles qualifying bracket.

Trotter will take on the No. 3-seed in the qualifier Adam Ambrozy of Columbia in the first round. He will then team with Justin Boulais in the afternoon to take on Oliver Andersson and Vincent Rettke of Gonzaga. Cannon Kingsley and Kyle Seelig will play Trent Bryde and Tyler Zink of Georgia and John McNally and Robert Cash will face Ole Miss’ duo of Lukas Engelhardt and Tim Sandkaulen.

In the pre-qualifier over the weekend, Boulais, Tim Seibert and Robert Cash all won three matches but fell one win shy of advancing. Boulais is next in line on the Lucky Losers list and may find himself in the qualifying field on at some point on Monday.

Andrew Lutschaunig defeated Temple’s Louis Gorregues on Saturday morning in three sets in his Buckeye debut but then fell in the second round. Jacob Wareti dropped his opening pre-qualifying match.

October 4, 2019

Nine members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team will open their collegiate season this weekend at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

The tournament starts with the pre-qualifier on Saturday, which five Buckeyes are competing in. Juniors Tim Seibert and Jacob Wareti are joined by Justin Boulais, Robert Cash and Andrew Lutschaunig, who are all making their Buckeye debuts this week.

Sophomore James Trotter had a great summer and will open his tournament in the qualifying rounds which start on Monday. The main draw doesn’t begin until Wednesday morning. John McNally, Kyle Seelig and Cannon Kingsley have all earned a spot in the main draw.

The 2019 event will have a new look to it as the men and women will hold their All-American Championships in the same location for the first time. Another tournament first will happen on Championship Sunday (Oct. 10) when the men’s and women’s singles finals air live on ESPNU. The women’s final is set for 6 p.m. (CT) followed by the men’s final at 8 p.m. (CT).