COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard, Herkko Pollanen and Hugo Di Feo have all been named ITA All-Americans as announced by the ITA on Thursday. This is just the second year in school history with three or more All-Americans.
Torpegaard and Pollanen become the eighth Buckeyes doubles team to earn All-America honors. They were ranked in every doubles poll this season and finished the year with a season-best ranking of No. 8. The team had a record of 23-7 on the year and was 18-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot with nine wins over ranked opponents. Torpegaard and Pollanen provided the clinching point in the Buckeyes’ NCAA quarterfinal and semifinal matches, both coming in a dramatic tiebreak. This is the first All-America honor for Pollanen.
For Torpegaard, he is the sixth Buckeye to earn both doubles and singles All-America honors in the same season. This is his third honor overall as he was also a singles All-American last season. The Denmark, native was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the singles rankings all season and finished with a record of 38-5, including 29-2 in dual matches. He had 24 victories over ranked opponents including a win over then No. 1 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest in a dramatic third-set tiebreak that clinched the ITA Indoor semifinal victory for the Buckeyes. Torpegaard finished runner-up at the ITA/USTA Indoor Singles Championship in the fall and then advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships last month.
Like Pollanen, Di Feo claimed his first All-America honor in his final season with the Buckeyes. He was 31-6 on the season and won all 11 of his Big Ten singles matches and was a perfect 7-0 in conference doubles matches. Di Feo was ranked in the top-10 of the singles rankings all year and claimed 10 victories over ranked opponents. His year started with a run to the finals of the ITA All-America Championships where he collected wins over No. 7 Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest and No. 6 Tom Fawcett of Stanford along the way. Di Feo also had a strong run in doubles, winning 26 matches on the year, including a 22-2 mark in dual team matches. After being named the ITA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year last season, he was named the region’s Senior Player of the Year this year.