COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore JJ Tracy and graduate transfer Matej Vocel each won singles matches on Tuesday morning and then a pair of Buckeye doubles teams won matches this evening, keeping the Buckeyes perfect on the day.
For Tracy, it was his second consecutive dominating straight-set victory, earning him All-America honors. He opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominik Barton of North Florida on Monday and then rolled to a similar 6-1, 6-3 victory over Wake Forest’s Filippo Moroni on Tuesday. Tracy is now the fourth Buckeye All-American this season, joining Cannon Kingsley and Matej Vocel in singles and Vocel and Robert Cash in doubles. He will take on top-seed Ben Shelton of Florida on Wednesday morning.
Vocel took down Murphy Cassone in a three-set battle on Monday, winning 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2. He then took on Filip Planinsek of Alabama on Tuesday and had little trouble in a 6-2, 6-3 victory. That was his 31st singles win of the season, and he will now face a familiar foe in Kentucky’s Gabriel Diallo on Wednesday. The two squared-off last Saturday in the team semifinal match and Diallo got the best of Vocel that day.
The doubles championship started on Tuesday and a pair of doubles team collected opening round victories. James Trotter and Justin Boulais took on Emile Hudd and Shunsuke Mitsui of Tennessee. It was a back-and-forth match as both teams never took more than a one-point lead in the first set. Boulais and Trotter led 5-4 and brought it to a deuce point to decide the opening set, however, dropped the point tying it at 5-5. Trotter and Boulais had a dominant response winning two straight games to take the first set 7-5. Tennessee countered and took the second set 6-2 which sent the match to a super tiebreak. The tiebreaker resumed the back-and-forth trend that occurred earlier in the match where it was tied 7-7 until Trotter and Boulais won three-consecutive points to take the match 7-5, 2-6, 10-8.
Robert Cash and Matej Vocel were dropped the first set 6-4 to the Ole Miss duo of Finn Reynolds/Lukas Engelhardt. They quickly fell behind in the second set 4-1 as well. With the match looking bleak, The Buckeyes stormed back to send it to a tiebreak at 6-6. They took the second set tiebreak 7-5 and the match went to a super tiebreak. Vocel and Cash fell behind 6-2 in the super tiebreak but with their backs against the wall they took six straight making it 8-6. Ole Miss responded and made it 9-8 before Vocel and Cash finished it off 10-8 and advanced to the round of 16.
In the round of 16 on Wednesday, Trotter and Boulais will take on Florida’s Ben Shelton and Sam Raffice while Vocel and Cash will face the Tennessee duo of Adam Walton and Pat Harper.