April 16, 2017

Di Feo and Pollanen Recap Wisconsin on Senior Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes played their last home match in the regular season, facing the No. 29 Wisconsin Badgers at the Varsity Tennis Center on Easter Sunday. The Scarlet and Gray looked flawless in doubles and held their own in singles, as they defeated the Badgers 6-1.

The win gives the Buckeyes a share of the Big Ten Title, an honor they have now held for 12-straight years. The win was also the 11th ranked win on the season, and Ohio State at 24-3 on the year, and 9-0 in conference play. Wisconsin drops to 14-5 on the year, and 5-3 on the year in conference play.  

The Buckeyes finished their doubles matches in under half an hour, and looked their best in doubles all year. Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce won first, bagelling Lamar Remy and Daniel Soyfer 6-0. They have been very successful on court two, going 13-1 on the year. Hunter Tubert and JJ Wolf clinched the doubles point for the Buckeyes with a 6-2 win over John Zordani and Osgar O’Hoisin. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen also looked to be in winning position at 5-3 over Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge when the doubles point was clinched.

Torpegaard then started off singles strongly for the Buckeyes, defeating Remy in straight sets. In the first, Torpegaard got two breaks, then gave up two breaks to make it 3-3. He then never lost another game, winning 6-3, 6-0. That improves Torpegaard at 23-0 on the year in dual match play. Senior Herkko Pollanen then defeated Wisconsin’s Daniel Soyfer 6-1, 6-4 to put the Buckeyes up 3-0. The other matches were all much closer. In the end, it was junior Hugo Di Feo who clinched for the Buckeyes. Coming back from an early break in both sets, and down 15-40 in the final game, Di Feo pulled it out to win 6-4, 6-4 against Carranza.

The rest of the matches were played out, and all three remaining matches went to three sets. Wisconsin got their first point of the day after O’Hoisin defeated Kyle Seelig 0-6, 6-2, 6-3. The last two matches came down to super tiebreakers in the third set. JJ Wolf won his super tiebreaker against Josef Dodridge 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7).Martin Joyce finished strong for the Buckeyes, coming back from 6-9 in the super tiebreaker to win 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 1-0 (13-11).

After the match, senior Herkko Pollanen and junior Hugo Di Feo were both honored on Senior Day for their career with the Buckeyes.

Herkko Pollanen has been a mainstay in the Buckeyes lineup the last four seasons. He has won 68 singles matches and 78 doubles matches in his career. He was a key part of the team’s 2014 indoor national title and has been a part of 117 team victories over the last four years.

Hugo Di Feo has played at the top of the Buckeyes’ lineup each of the last two years. He was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Big Ten honoree last year after going 22-9 in singles play and 19-4 in doubles action. The Buckeyes have not lost a matchup with Hugo at home in his career.

Next up for the Buckeyes is their final two matches of the regular season. They will look for the outright Big Ten title on Friday at No. 21 Northwestern and then will take on No. 28 Illinois on Sunday

1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. Lamar Remy (WIS) 6-3, 6-0
2. #65 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)
3. #7 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Chema Carranza (WIS) 6-4, 6-4
4. Osgar O’Hoisin (WIS) def. Kyle Seelig (OSU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. #108 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Daniel Soyfer (WIS) 6-1, 6-4
6. Martin Joyce (OSU) def. John Zordani (WIS) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 1-0 (13-11)

1. #9 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Chema Carranza/Josef Dodridge (WIS) 5-3, unfinished
2. #26 Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Lamar Remy/Daniel Soyfer (WIS) 6-0
3. Hunter Tubert/JJ Wolf (OSU) def. John Zordani/Osgar O’Hoisin (WIS) 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,2,6)