WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Mikael Torpegaard had a good day on Thursday, winning a singles match and then teaming with Martin Joyce to win a doubles match to advance to the round of 16 in both brackets at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Torpegaard went up two breaks early in the opening set and would go on to win 6-4. He also grabbed the first break before taking the match 6-3. He moves on to the round of 16 to face No. 11 Brandon Holt of USC on Friday morning. This will be the second meeting this season between the two as Torpegaard bested Holt 7-5, 6-3 in the team’s match in Los Angeles on March 13.
In the opening round of the doubles tournament Thursday evening, Torpegaard and Joyce, rolled through the duo of Mazen Osama and Edson Ortiz from Alabama 6-2, 7-6 (1) to advance to the round of 16. Torpegaard and Joyce, who have played together just twice since February, are now just one win away from earning All-America status. They will play Columbia’s Jack Lin and William Matheson at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
R1. #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #20 Michael Geerts (ASU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
R1 #14 Alfredo Perez (Fla.) def. #41 JJ Wolf (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
R2 #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #59 Paul Jubb (SC), 6-4, 6-3
R16 #6 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #11 Brandon Holt (USC), 11:00
R1 #25 Martin Joyce/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #26 Mazen Osama/Edson Ortiz (BAMA), 6-2, 7-6 (1)
R16 #25 Martin Joyce/Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. #43 Jack Lin/William Matheson (COL), 2:30
May 23, 2018
After leading Ohio State to the national championship match on Tuesday, Mikael Torpegaard and JJ Wolf opened the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday evening at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Rain, which plagued the round of 16 team matches last weekend, once again interrupted play. Torpegaard battled the elements and won his match in three sets while Wolf fell in straight sets.
Torpegaard, a runner-up in this tournament as a sophomore, opened play against Arizona State’s Michael Geerts. The Denmark native dropped the opening set 6-2 before the rain but regrouped and took the second 6-4 and rolled in the third 6-2. He advances to play South Carolina’s Paul Jubb at Noon on Thursday.
Wolf took on No. 14 Alfredo Perez from Florida in his opening round match. Perez took the opening set 6-4 before the rain and then broke Wolf at 5-4 to win the second set and the match 6-4. Wolf finishes his stellar sophomore campaign with a 25-9 overall singles record and he was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection.
Torpegaard and Martin Joyce will begin the doubles tournament Thursday evening at 5 p.m. against Mazen Osama and Edson Ortiz of Alabama.