Feb. 16, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Make it 12 times straight that the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes have advanced to the quarterfinals in the ITA Indoor Championships. The Buckeyes take care of business, not giving up a point in a 4-0 victory over the 15-seeded Duke Blue Devils. This is the Buckeye’s fourth ranked win of the year, and it puts them at 9-0 on the season.
The Buckeye’s doubles win streak continues as they didn’t drop any doubles sets on the day. Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez continue to have success at the No. 3 spot, earning two breaks after being down a break to win first for the Buckeyes with a 6-3 victory over Jason Lapidus and Ryan Dickerson. Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce finished it off with two breaks of their own in a 6-3 win over Sean Sculley and Nick Stachowiak.
In singles it was the No. 4-6 guys today who pulled out the clinch for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes soon went up 2-0 as Kyle Seelig, who looked dominant all match, won 51 of 73 points in a 6-0, 6-2 beatdown of Dickerson. Next to put one on the board for the Buckeyes was Joyce, who served up five aces en route to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Robert Levine. Clinching for the Buckeyes with Tim Seibert, who served up four aces of his own, and won 80 percent of his service points to defeat Sculley 6-4, 6-2. JJ Wolf was also up a set and tied at 5-5 in the second. The other two matches could have gone either way, as Torpegaard was up two breaks in the second set after losing the first, and John McNally was on serve in the third set.
The Buckeyes next match will be the quarterfinals tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET at the Seattle Tennis Club. They will face No. 7 UCLA, who beat fellow Big Ten team No. 10 Illinois 4-2 to go 8-1 on the year so far. This will especially be a challenge for Torpegaard, who will most likely be playing the No. 1 player in the country in UCLA’s Martin Redlicki.
#2 Ohio State 4, #20 Duke 0
Duke 6-3; National ranking #20
Ohio State 9-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,6,4)