No. 2 Buckeyes Outlast No. 6 Texas A&M 4-3
Feb. 9, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – When Ohio State and Texas A&M meet on the tennis court, it seems to always come down to the wire. Friday night in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center was no exception. The Buckeyes battled for a 4-3 victory over the visiting Aggies.

In seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams dating back to 2013, the match has been decided by a 4-3 margin. Texas A&M won last year’s meeting 4-3 in College Station.

Tonight’s match fittingly was decided in a third set on court one between the team’s two best players, Mikael Torpegaard and Arthur Rinderknech. Torpegaard had a little more in the tank down the stretch and pulled-out a 6-2 victory.

The Buckeyes stormed to the doubles point, winning on courts one and three. Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce had a little trouble with the team of Arthur Rinderknech and AJ Catanzariti, winning 6-2. The No. 43 team of Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez enjoyed similar success as they won 6-3 over Patrick Kypson and Valentin Vacherot.

A&M evened the score at 1-1 by taking the first singles match as Juan Carlos Aguilar took down Joyce on court five 6-4, 6-4. Kyle Seelig then put the Buckeyes back up 2-1 as he breezed through the opening set with Barnaby Smith 6-1 and then gutted-out a 9-7 win in a second-set tiebreak.

On court four, Valentin Vacherot dropped the opening set to Tim Seibert 7-5 but rallied to win the next two 6-1, 6-3. The team score was once again even at 2-2.

One of the matches of the night was on court two as JJ Wolf took on Kypson in a rematch of the finals of the Kalamazoo Boys 18s last summer. Kypson won that match but Wolf got his revenge on Friday. After dropping the first set 6-3, Wolf rebounded by getting a break at 4-2 and then served out for a 6-3 win in the second. In the third set, the two players were on serve through 4-4 before Wolf broke and then held serve on love to take the deciding set 6-4. Emotions ran high in that match both on and off the court.

Right next to that on court three, John McNally battled into a third set with Jordie Arconada. The Aggie won the opener in a tiebreak and then McNally responded with a 6-3 win in the second. Arconada then ran out 5-1 in the third and held on for a 6-3 victory. The match was now even at 3-3, setting the stage for the three-set showdown on court one.

The first set between Torpegaard and Rinderknech seemed like a marathon. The Buckeye came back from down a break at 5-3 to take an emotional opening set 7-5. The two then traded blows into a second set tiebreak which was won by Rinderknech 7-2.

Both players were on tired legs in the third set and it was Rinderknech who blinked first. Torpegaard broke on love to go up 3-2 and then held for a 4-2 lead. Another break gave the Denmark native a 5-2 lead and he closed out the match at the service line 6-2.

The Buckeyes will have to rest up quickly as another top-15 team comes to town on Sunday in the form of No. 11 Florida. The Gators downed Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday night 4-2. The match Sunday will begin at Noon at the VTC.

#2 Ohio State 4, #6 Texas A&M 3

Singles
1. #41 JJ Wolf (OSU) def. #84 Patrick Kypson (A&M) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #5 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #52 Arthur Rinderknech (A&M) 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
3. #67 Jordi Arconada (A&M) def. #56 John McNally (OSU) 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3
4. #35 Valentin Vacherot (A&M) def. Tim Seibert (OSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
5. Juan Carlos Aguilar (A&M) def. Martin Joyce (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. #30 Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Barnaby Smith (A&M) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)

Doubles
1. #25 Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (A&M) 6-2
2. John McNally/JJ Wolf (OSU) vs. #6 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Jordi Arconada (A&M) 3-4, unfinished
3. #43 Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Patrick Kypson/Valentin Vacherot (A&M) 6-3

Match Notes:
Texas A&M 4-1; National ranking #6
Ohio State 7-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,4,1,3,2)
Official: Marcus Lee  T-3:20  A-325