Buckeyes Win a Thriller, Down No. 14 Oklahoma 4-3

May 18, 2017


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ATHENS, Ga. - The old adage that it's hard to beat a team three times in one season certainly proved itself on Thursday in Athens, Ga. Ohio State, which had beaten Oklahoma twice previously this season, found itself in an epic battle with the No. 14 Sooners in the round of 16 of NCAA Championship. Behind a clutch third-set tiebreak win from freshman JJ Wolf, the Buckeyes prevailed 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ohio State will play TCU on Saturday at Noon with a trip to the semifinals on the line. The Horned Frogs downed Illinois 4-1 on Thursday.

 Team Notes

  • This was the third victory for the Buckeyes over Oklahoma this season. OSU won 4-0 at the ITA National Indoor Championship and 4-0 on March 5 in Columbus.
  • The match lasted three and a half hours
  • The Buckeyes advance to the quarterfinals for the 1th time overall and the second-straight season
  • OSU has now won 16 matches in a row and has not lost since March 19
  • This was the 10th win over a top-20 ranked team this year
  • Ohio State improves to 32-3 on the season
  • The win gives the Buckeyes a 7-2 edge in the all-time series with Oklahoma
  • This was the team's third 4-3 victory of the season

 Doubles

  • The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point for just the fifth time this season
  • Ohio State is 4-1 in matches in which it lost the doubles point
  • Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen started with a 6-3 win on court one over Spencer Papa and Andrew Harris. That was their second win over that duo this season
  • Martin Joyce and Hugo Di Feo went down a late break and fell 6-4 on court two. That was only the Buckeye duo's second dual match loss of the season.
  • The doubles point came down to Hunter Tubert and JJ Wolf on court three against the Sooner duo of Jochen Bertsch/ Adrian Oetzbach. The Buckeyes held two different times from 0-40 in the match and forced a tiebreaker at 6-6.
  • In the breaker, OSU ran out to 3-0 lead and had two match points but the Sooners were able to even the score and would eventually win the breaker 9-7 to take the point

 Singles

  • The first Buckeye win came from Kyle Seelig on court six as he rolled through Adrian Oetzbach on court six 6-1, 6-2. Seelig improves to 29-6 on the season and has not lost in his last seven matches
  • Pollanen put the Buckeyes ahead 2-1 as he picked up his 28th win on the year, besting Jochen Bertsch 6-4, 6-4. Pollanan is now 10-0 at the No. 5 spot this year.
  • The Sooners regained the lead 3-2 as both Martin Joyce and Hugo Di Feo lost their matches on courts four and five, respectively.
  • For Di Feo, the loss was his first since Feb. 17, snapping a 23-match unbeaten streak
  • The remaining two matches would need to go the Buckeyes way and they did.
  • On court one, Torpegaard dropped the first set 6-2 to Spencer Papa and then fell behind the Sooner 3-0 in the second. A great forehand volley sparked a run of three-straight game victories by Torpegaard to get back on serve at 3-3. He would eventually win the set in a tiebreaker 7-1.
  • In the third set, Torpegaard raced out to a 4-1 lead and would go on to win the match 6-3. That evened the team score at 3-3.
  • This was Torpegaard's second win over Papa this season as he also beat him in straight sets at home on March 5.
  • The match would be decided on court two between the Buckeye freshman JJ Wolf and the Sooner's senior All-American Andrew Harris.
  • Wolf won a closely contested opening set 7-5 but Harris rallied for a 6-1 victory in the second.
  • In the third set, Wolf jumped out to a 4-1 lead but the senior fought back to get the set back on serve. Wolf held for 5-4 and had a match point at 40-40 but Harris held to push it to 5-5.
  • Both players held serve to force a deciding tiebreaker. Wolf got the first break as he won on both of Harris' serves to take a 5-2 lead. Harris netted a return to make it 6-2 and then an ace gave Wolf and the Buckeyes the match.
  • Wolf's win over the No. 32 Harris was tied for his highest ranked win of the season and gives him six victories over ranked foes this year.


#3 OHIO STATE (32-3) 4, #14 OKLAHOMA (17-11) 3

Doubles
1. Mikael Torpegaard/ Herkko Pollanen (OHIO STATE) def. #15 Spencer Papa/Andrew Harris (OKLAHOMA), 6-3
2  #63 Alex Ghilea/ Florin Bragusi (OKLAHOMA) def. #30 Hugo Di Feo/Martin Joyce (OHIO STATE), 6-4 
3. Jochen Bertsch/ Adrian Oetzbach (OKLAHOMA) def. Hunter Tubert/ JJ Wolf (OHIO STATE), 7-6 (7)

Singles
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OHIO STATE) def. #24 Spencer Papa (OKLAHOMA), 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3
2. #46 JJ Wolf (OHIO STATE) def. #32 Andrew Harris (OKLAHOMA), 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (2)
3. #47 Alex Ghilea (OKLAHOMA) def. #9 Hugo Di Feo (OHIO STATE), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
4. #113 Florin Bragusi (OKLAHOMA) def. Martin Joyce (OHIO STATE), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
5. Herkko Pollanen (OHIO STATE) def. Jochen Bertsch (OKLAHOMA), 6-4, 6-4
6. Kyle Seelig (OHIO STATE) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OKLAHOMA), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles (1,2,3) Singles (6,5,4,3,1,2)