COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State doubles team of Matej Vocel and Robert Cash has been one of the top doubles teams all season and the duo’s run continued on Wednesday with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 victory over the defending national champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper of Tennessee.
Vocel and Cash got a break midway through the first set and went on to a 6-4 victory. Tennessee took another early 2-1 lead in the second set, however, Vocel and Cash quickly found their footing and won five-consecutive games to secure the win in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. They will take on Wake Forest’s Jakob Schnaitter and Siddhant Banthia in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
In other doubles action, James Trotter and Justin Boulais took on Florida’s top-8 seeded duo of Ben Shelton and Sam Riffice. Trotter and Boulais took an early 2-1 lead in the first set, but the momentum was disrupted by a rain delay. After the break, Shelton and Riffice won five-straight games and took the first set 6-2. The Buckeyes responded with a quick 3-0 lead in the second set. The Gators brought it to 5-3, however, Trotter and Boulais finished the second set off 6-3, sending the match to a super tiebreak. They fell behind 5-0 in the tiebreak but gained momentum and brought it to 6-3. However, that momentum was put on pause by the second rain delay of the match. After moving indoors, Trotter and Boulais went back and forth with the Gators but dropped the tiebreaker 10-6.
Earlier in the day, Vocel and JJ Tracy both competed round of 16 singles matches. Vocel took on Kentucky’s Gabriel Diallo and the two split the opening two sets with each taking 6-4 victories. In the third set, both held serve through 2-2 and then the pair traded breaks. Two more holds each led to 5-5 and then Diallo grabbed a second break and held serve one more time for a 7-5 victory. Vocel finished the year with a 31-8 singles record.
Tracy had his hands full as he took on top-seeded Ben Shelton of Florida. Tracy played well and stood toe-to-toe, but Sheldon grabbed a single break in each set and won 6-4, 6-4. Tracy led the Buckeyes this season with a 36-6 singles record.