ORLANDO, Fla. – Ohio State’s John McNally and Cannon Kingsley both opened play at the NCAA Singles Championship on Sunday and both came up on the short end of their respective matches.
McNally took on top-seed and No. 1 ranked Liam Draxl of Kentucky. He opened well, beating Draxl 6-2 in the opening set. Draxl then came back to win the second set 6-1 and force a deciding third set. In that set, both players held serve into a tiebreaker. McNally looked like he had control of the breaker, taking an early 4-1 lead. But then Draxl turned the tide and won the next six points to take the tiebreaker and the match.
McNally finishes the season with a 23-6 record and had eight wins over ranked players.
Kinglsey lost for just the second time this season as he fell 6-4, 6-4 to North Carolina’s William Blumberg. The unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year, Kinglsey was 27-2 this season and has lost just five matches over his first two seasons.
Both Kingsley and McNally were first team All-Big Ten honorees and led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten East Division title, a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Tournament and a trip to the NCAA final site.