COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Ohio State won the doubles point but wasn’t able to hold off No. 11 Texas A&M in singles as the Buckeyes 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in College Station.
OSU is now 16-3 on the season and 1-0 Big Ten play. The Buckeyes’ remaining 10 regular season matches will be against Big Ten opponents.
The Buckeyes have recently looked much stronger in doubles, and that did not change in today’s match. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen were first to win for the Buckeyes, breaking Aleksandre Bakshi and Hady Habib twice on their way to a 6-2 victory. JJ Wolf and Hunter Tubert finished it with a 6-3 win over AJ Catanzariti and Jordi Arconada.
The Aggies evened it up quickly in singles after Tubert lost to Habib 6-4, 6-4 on court 6. Torpegaard looked his usual dominant self, defeating No. 8 Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 6-4 to put the Buckeyes back on top at 2-1. That puts Torpegaard at 16-0 in singles dual match play, and gives him his 16th ranked win of the year.
Texas A&M was able to even it back up after JJ Wolf lost the first match of his career against Jordi Arconada. It was an impressive comeback for Arconada, who was shut out in the first set before storming back to win 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 to get his tenth straight win. The Aggies then took the lead 3-2, after Joyce fell to Vacherot 7-6, 7-6.
Hugo Di Feo tied it up again for the Buckeyes at 3-3. After splitting the first two sets, both of which went to tiebreakers, Di Feo steamed ahead in the third set 6-1 to defeat AJ Catanzariti. The last match came down to Pollanen, who was down 3-0 in the third set when Di Feo’s match ended. In the end, Pollanen wasn’t able to recover from the deficit, and was defeated by Bakshi 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Losing their last two matches in the non-conference series, Ohio State will get back into Big Ten play, as they start conference matches next weekend. Next Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m., the Buckeyes will return to the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus to face the Michigan State Spartans. This will be the first time in 10 matches that OSU faces an unranked team. After that match, the Ohio State - Michigan rivalry will reignite next Sunday as the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to face the No. 14 Wolverines at Noon.
1. #1 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) def. #8 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #3 Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
3. #115 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. JJ Wolf (OSU) 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) def. #66 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. #111 Martin Joyce (OSU) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4)
6. Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Hunter Tubert (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
1. #15 Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Aleksandre Bakshi/Hady Habib (TAMU) 6-2
2. Valentin Vacherot/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) vs. #32 Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce (OSU) 3-4, unfinished
3. JJ Wolf/Hunter Tubert (OSU) def. AJ Catanzariti/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,3,5,4,2)
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