November 6, 2019

Cash and McNally Runner-up at ITA Fall Championship


November 10, 2019

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Sunday’s championship match was a great back and forth battle but Ohio State’s John McNally and Robert Cash came out on the wrong end of a three-set affair and finished runner-up at the Oracle ITA Fall National Championship in Newport Beach, Calif.

The Buckeye’s opponents, the No. 18 ranked team of Dominik Kellovsky and Matej Vocel from Oklahoma State, took the opening set 6-4. Cash and McNally stormed back in the second 6-1 and the match went to a super-breaker to decide it. In the breaker, Cash and McNally led 2-1 before a match changing run from the Cowboys gave them the momentum. They would ride that to a 10-4 victory.

Despite the loss on Sunday, it was a great fall for the Buckeye duo who won the ITA Midwest Regional title and finished with a record of 13-2.

November 9, 2019

Ohio State junior John McNally and freshman Robert Cash won again Saturday evening at the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships, defeating the North Carolina pair of Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard to advance the tournament’s championship match.

After falling in the first set 6-4, Cash and McNally dominated the second, winning 6-0 to force a super breaker. The teams were tied 6-6 at the second change over and the Buckeyes then won the next four points to take the match. They will face the second-seeded pair of Matej Vocel and Dominik Kellovsky of Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Buckeye duo is looked to become the fourth OSU doubles team to bring home the title in the season’s final event. Scott Green and Ross Wilson won the title in 2004 and 2005 while Chace Buchanan and Blaz Rola took the crown in 2011. All three of those wins came when the tournament was an indoor championship. The tournament was moved outdoors two years ago.

Senior Kyle Seelig was also in action on Saturday, playing in the semifinals of the consolation draw. He battled back after losing the first set to UCF’s Gabriel Decamps 6-3 to win the second 6-1. The two remained on serve through the third set and went to a tiebreaker. Decamps went on to win the break 7-4, ending Seelig’s solid fall. He had eight wins, including three over ranked opponents, and made a run to the finals of the ITA Midwest Regional.

November 8, 2019

The Ohio State doubles team of John McNally and Robert Cash took down the No. 15 ranked team in the country on Friday evening to advance to the semifinals of the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships.

McNally and Cash dropped the first set Princeton’s Payton Holden and Ryan Seggerman in a tiebreak 8-6 but rebounded to win the second set 6-3. In the super breaker, the Buckeyes would grind out a 10-8 victory to move on. They will play Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard of North Carolina on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

In singles play, senior Kyle Seelig won a pair of matches over a pair of ranked Big Ten foes to advance to the semifinals of the consolation bracket. He first defeated Purdue’s Athell Bennett 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 and then took down Illinois’ No. 23-ranked Alex Brown 7-6(8) 7-6(3). That puts him opposite UCF’s Gabriel Decamps in Saturday’s semi which starts at 3 p.m.

McNally and Cannon Kingsley didn’t fare as well in the round of 16 of the main draw. Both Buckeyes battled top-10 players into third sets but ultimately came up shots. McNally fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Texas’ Christian Sigsgaard while Kingsley’s run ended in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 match against USC’ Daniel Cukierman.

November 7, 2019

The Buckeyes opened the second day of competition showcasing strong performances across the board.  

The day began with Kyle Seelig defeating Nico Mostardi of Cleveland State 6-3,6-4 in the first round of the consolation bracket. In the singles draw, freshman standout Cannon Kingsley played with authority in an impressive win over Bar Botzer of Wake Forest (7-6(4),6-2). John McNally extended the Buckeye streak by outdueling Luca Maldoner of Old Dominion in a 6-2,6-2 victory.  

McNally and Robert Cash continued their doubles dominance in a 7-5,6-4 victory over Ben Draper and Bjorn Hoffmann of California. The duo remains on a hot streak dating back to their doubles title at the ITA Midwest Regional in October.  

Posting a 4-0 record on the day, the Buckeyes enter the next round with four representatives still alive in each bracket.   

November 6, 2019

In the opening round of the singles draw at the Oracle ITA Fall Championship, John McNally and Cannon Kingsley got the Buckeyes off to a hot start. 

With three Buckeyes entering the singles draw, only two advanced to the next round. Redshirt senior Kyle Seelig showed resilience deep in the second set against Adrian Boitan of Baylor where he would ultimately fall in the tiebreaker to end his tournament run (3-6, 6-7(5)). After dropping the first set tiebreaker to Juan Pablo Mazzuchi of Central Florida, McNally bounced back by dominating the next two sets to seize the first-round victory (6-7(9), 6-1, 6-1). Freshman standout Cannon Kingsley prevailed in his first-round match against Sean Hill of BYU and posted a 7-5,6-2 victory to reach the second round.  

No. 8 seeded John McNally and Robert Cash continued to build their chemistry this Fall versus Pablo Caffarena and Victor Chaw of Lipscomb. The duo pulled out a tight 7-5 first set victory  and then clinched their second-round berth by taking the second set 6-1.  

With two singles and one doubles team still alive, the Buckeyes are seeking to keep the momentum rolling out West.