EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Buckeyes got off to a great start this weekend, looking dominant at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility as they earn their ninth sweep of the season. Getting a strong start in doubles, the Buckeyes took the momentum and never looked back, quickly winning three more singles matches to clinch.
The No. 2 Buckeyes are now 15-2 on the year, and 2-0 in Big Ten Play. The Spartans fall to 7-11 on the year, and are 0-3 in the Big Ten.
After struggling a bit in doubles recently, No. 2 Ohio State came out aggressive and strong against the Spartans. Continuing to experiment with their doubles lineups, this week JJ Wolf paired with Mikael Torpegaard, and Martin Joyce paired with John McNally, while the solid pair of Hunter Tubert andMatt Mendez took the No. 1 spot today.
Wolf and Torpegaard were first to win with a 6-2 victory over Davis Wong and Billy Shisler, and Joyce and McNally quickly followed up with the 6-1 clinch over Michael Dube and Jack Winkler. Tubert and Mendez also won their match 6-2 against Brett Forman and Josh Mukherjee.
Singles was about the same story for the Buckeyes, with strong starts from all players as six of six first sets were earned by Ohio State. Only one set was dropped on the day. First to win was Joyce, who defeated Shisler 6-2, 6-2. McNally soon after defeated Mukherjee 6-3, 6-3. The clinch came from Kyle Seelig, who bagelled Winkler in the second set for a 6-4, 6-0 win.
Teams elected to play matches out. Tim Seibert soon won with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wong. Torpegaard finished his match up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dube. Last to finish was JJ Wolf, who struggled in the second set against the Spartans top guy Forman, but got back in rhythm and finished Forman off in the super tiebreaker to make it 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).
The Buckeyes will look to continue this success back in Columbus on Sunday. Another top-10 matchup will take place at either the Varsity Tennis Center or outside on the Varsity Tennis Courts, where the No. 2 Buckeyes will face the No. 8 Wolverines. The Buckeyes will look to make it 25-straight against Michigan on Sunday.
#2 Ohio State 7, Michigan State 0
Ohio State 15-2; National ranking #2
Michigan State 7-11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,6,4,2,1)