COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round for the 14th time after their super regional round win over 13th seeded USC. The Buckeye’s commanding start to the tournament was tested by the Trojans, however, Ohio State overcame the obstacle with a strong doubles performance and clutch singles wins.
In doubles, the Buckeyes put on two dominant performances to clinch the doubles point. Andrew Lutschaunig and Justin Boulais finished first on court two with a 6-1 win. Both Lutschaunig and Boulais had clutch pinpoint returns on multiple deuce points throughout the match to maintain their strong lead. It was a similar showing on court three for Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy. They too fought off several attempted Trojan onslaughts with huge wins on deuce points to maintain a commanding lead for the duration of the match where they clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win. No. 2 ranked Matej Vocel and Robert Cash found themselves in a 0-5 deficit against No. 7 ranked Dostanic and Frye. However, they were fighting back towards the end of doubles competition winning three straight and ending with a 3-5 score.
It came down to the wire in singles with several matches reaching the third set to decide the winner of the super regional round match. Justin Boulais was an exception; he kept the momentum from his earlier doubles match and dominated finishing first 6-4, 6-1. USC fought back with Lodewijk Weststrate’s 0-6, 4-6 win over James Trotter to make the score 2-1. After twenty minutes of additional play, Kingsley came out on top in three sets. He dropped the first set 3-6 but quickly took control in the second and third sets winning them 6-3 and 6-2 boosting the Buckeye lead to 3-1. The three matches that remained all reached the third set. The Buckeyes fought from behind in all of their third sets and the Trojans took the first of the remaining three-set matches with Bradley Frye’s 5-7, 4-6, 2-6 win over Vocel. Jake Van Emburgh battled out a three-set thriller to seal the win for the Buckeyes. He fell behind early in the third set 2-4, however, he found his footing and came back with a huge 6-4 win to clinch the 4-2 Buckeye victory and their place in the quarterfinal round. Though unfinished, Tracy was also behind in the first set 1-2 and fought back leading 4-3 at Van Emburgh’s winning point.
The Buckeyes will face Michigan at 3 p.m. ET or 7 p.m. ET on Thursday May 19 in the quarterfinals in Champaign, Ill.
Ohio State 4, USC 2
1. #9 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. #7 Stefan Dostanic (USC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #105 Bradley Frye (USC) def. #13 Matej Vocel (OSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
3. #19 JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Wojciech Marek (USC) 5-7, 6-1, 4-3, unfinished
4. #122 Jake Van Emburgh (OSU) def. Ryan Colby (USC) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. #121 Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. #46 James Trotter (OSU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Ryder Jackson (USC) 6-4, 6-1
1. #2 Matej Vocel/Robert Cash (OSU) vs. Stefan Dostanic/Bradley Frye (USC) 3-5, unfinished
2. Andrew Lutschaunig/Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Wojciech Marek/Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) 6-1
3. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Ryder Jackson/Sam Rubell (USC) 6-1
Ohio State 27-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,5,1,2,4)