January 15, 2023

Buckeyes Storm Past NKU and Xavier on Opening Day


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State Men’s Tennis team went 2-0 on opening day with a sweep of Northern Kentucky 4-0 and a 7-0 victory over Xavier. The Buckeyes had three players finish the day with 3-0 performances in their respective matches including Justin Boulais, Alexander Bernard, and Andrew Lutschaunig.

Northern Kentucky Match


  • The Buckeyes finished victories on courts one (6-3) and three (6-2) while leading on court two (6-2) to clinch the doubles point.
  • On court three, Ohio State’s Lutschaunig and Jack Anthrop raced to the finish defeating Northern Kentucky’s Josef Zapletal and Emilio Bravo 6-2 in little time.
  • Ohio State’s pair of Boulais and Robert Cash followed right behind with a victory (6-3) over Northern Kentucky’s duo of Bartosz Losiak and Tom Berry.


  • Quick wins by the Buckeye trio of Bernard, Cannon Kingsley, and Lutschaunig proved all Ohio State would need to take the match.
  • Redshirt freshman Reece Yakubov played his first team match as a Buckeye, but the match went unfinished with Yakubov leading 6-1, 3-2.

Xavier Match


  • The pair of Bernard and Boulais dominated on court two with a 6-0 victory in swift fashion.
  • The veteran pair of Cash and Kingsley followed quickly behind with a 6-1 victory on court three.


  • Cash and Lutschaunig both flexed their muscles winning in straight sets without surrendering a game.
  • James Trotter, Anthrop, Bernard, and Boulais followed the lead with victories in straight sets to give the Buckeyes the 7-0 win.

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes will stay home this Thursday for a match against Cleveland State at noon, followed by a 5 p.m. matchup with Toledo.

#2 Ohio State 4, Northern Kentucky 0

1. Justin Boulais (OSU) vs. Trevor Ball (NKU) 6-2, 4-0, unfinished
2. Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Brandon Ponomarew (NKU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Alexander Bernard (OSU) def. Tom Berry (NKU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jack Anthrop (OSU) vs. Santiago Casamayor (NKU) 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
5. Andrew Lutschaunig (OSU) def. Bartosz Losiak (NKU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Reece Yakubov (OSU) def. Emilio Bravo (NKU) 6-1, 3-2, unfinished

1. Justin Boulais/Robert Cash (OSU) def. Bartosz Losiak/Tom Berry (NKU) 6-3
2. James Trotter/Cannon Kingsley (OSU) vs. Santiago Casamayor/Trevor Ball (NKU) 4-3, unfinished
3. Andrew Lutschaunig/Jack Anthrop (OSU) def. Josef Zapletal/Emilio Bravo (NKU), 6-2

Match Notes:
Ohio State 1-0; National ranking #2
Northern Kentucky 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,2,3)
Time: 136  Attendance: 256


#2 Ohio State 7, Xavier 0

1. Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Ryan Cahill (XU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Alexander Bernard (OSU) def. Deacon Thomas (XU), 6-0, 6-4
3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Cambell Nakayama (XU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Jack Anthrop (OSU) def. Kyle Totorica (XU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Andrew Lutschaunig (OSU) def. Marco Pennelli (XU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Robert Cash (OSU) def. Jorge Santamaria (XU) 6-0, 6-0

1. Andrew Lutschaunig/James Trotter (OSU) vs. Ryan Cahill/Deacon Thomas (XU) 3-2, unfinished
2. Alexander Bernard/Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Cambell Nakayama/Kyle Totorica (XU) 6-0
3. Robert Cash/Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Jorge Santamaria/Marco Pennelli (XU), 6-1

Match Notes:
Ohio State 2-0; National ranking #2
Xavier 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (6,4,5,2,3,1)
Time: 1:33   Attendance: 262