February 18, 2017

No. 3 Ohio State Advances to ITA Semifinals

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Ohio State got a great comeback win from Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert in doubles to secure the point and propel the Buckeyes to a 4-0 sweep of Oklahoma State on Saturday morning in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships.

The win moves Ohio State into Sunday’s semifinals where it will face Wake Forest who defeated Texas in an epic 4-3 match on Saturday afternoon.

Buckeyes didn't get breakfast…win 4-0 anyways 😂 @OhioState_MTEN #FloTennisTopMoments #winning #ITAIndoors pic.twitter.com/H7a8VdJqTs

— FloTennis (@FloTennis_) February 18, 2017

Sophomore Martin Joyce and junior Hugo Di Feo got the Buckeyes off to a good start in doubles with a 6-2 victory over Jurence Mendoza and Lucas Gerch on court two. On court three, the Cowboys looked like they were going to even things up as Lukas Finzelberg and Artur Dubinski jumped out to a 5-1 lead on Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert. But the Buckeye duo caught fire and won the next six games to take the match 7-5 and secure the point.

Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen were taking on the No. 5 ranked team of Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe and neither team was able to get a break through the first nine games as the set remained on serve.

Using the momentum from the doubles win, the Buckeyes secured the three singles wins needed to seal the match fairly quickly. Torpegaard rolled to his second-straight victory with a solid 6-1, 6-1 victory over No. 32 Julian Cash. Di Feo finished shortly after, knocking off No. 48 Lukas Finzelberg 6-0, 6-2 to push the lead to 3-0.

Pollanen also won his first set over Dubinski 6-0 and then grabbed a break midway through the second to close out the match 6-4. The Buckeyes dropped the opening set in the other three singles matches but were either winning or were on serve in the second.

This is the Buckeyes fifth semifinal appearance at the ITA Indoors and its first since they won the title in 2014. Sunday’s match will begin at Noon and will be streamed online through FloTennis.com. Live scoring will be provided.

Sunday’s match will be just the eighth meeting all-time between Ohio State and Wake Forest. The Buckeyes lead 5-2 all-time and have won four-straight including both ends of a home-and-home series in 2008 and 2009 and in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

#3 Ohio State 4, #12 Oklahoma State 0

Singles
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #32 Julian Cash (OKST) 6-1, 6-1
2. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #48 Lukas Finzelberg (OKST) 6-0, 6-2
3. JJ Wolf (OSU) vs. Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
4. #44 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Artur Dubinski (OKST) 6-0, 6-4
5. #77 Martin Joyce (OSU) vs. Lucas Gerch (OKST) 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
6. Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 2-6, 4-2, unfinished

Doubles
1. #38 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. #5 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OKST) 4-5, unfinished
2. #25 Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. #50 Jurence Mendoza/Lucas Gerch (OKST) 6-2
3. Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. Lukas Finzelberg/Artur Dubinski (OKST) 7-5

Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 8-2; National ranking #12
Ohio State 12-0; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,4)
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