Oct. 1, 2014


TULSA, Okla. – Ohio State sophomore Ralf Steinbach won his third-straight match in qualifying singles play on Wednesday at the Saint Francis Health Systems ITA All-American Championship and earned a spot in the main draw.

After winning his first two matches on Monday and Tuesday, Steinbach defeated Aleks Vukic of Illinois 7-5, 7-6 (3) to move into the main singles draw which begins on Thursday. He is the lone Buckeye in the singles championship and will face the No. 4-seed Søren Hess-Olesen of Texas at 9 a.m. Thursday morning

On Thursday afternoon, Steinbach will team with senior Kevin Metka in the opening round of the doubles championship. The Buckeye duo will face qualifiers Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb of Oklahoma.

Chris Diaz was also looking for a spot in the main singles draw on Wednesday as he took on AJ Catanzariti of Texas A&M. He lost the first set in a tie-break but rebounded to win the second set 6-4. Catanzariti then won the third set 6-3 to advance in singles action.

Diaz and Hunter Callahan then battled Julian Cash and Florian Lakat of Mississippi State in the afternoon for a spot in the doubles main draw. Just like in the morning, Diaz and Callahan dropped the opening set but bounced-back to win the second set in a tie-break. That setup a super tiebreaker which the Bulldog tandem seized momentum early and took the match with a 10-4 victory.

2014 ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 1
Case Tennis Center
Tulsa, Okla.

Qualifying Singles

Ralf Steinbach def. Aleks Vukic, Illinois 7-5, 7-6(3)
AJ Catanzariti, Texas A&M def. Chris Diaz 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3

 Qualifying Doubles

Cash/Lakat, Mississippi State def. Callahan/Diaz 6-4, 6-7(2), 1-0(4)