The fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team captured its first ITA National Team Indoor Championship title with an impressive performance Monday for a 4-1 win over No. 3 USC in Houston. Guided by director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes defeated four Top 25 teams, including two top 5 programs en route to the national title and are now 13-0 overall in 2014 to put Ohio State at its best start to a season in program history.
The Buckeyes captured the doubles point and three of the four completed singles matches to defeat the Trojans, whose last loss was to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships last May.
1. #23 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #7 Ray Sarmiento (USC) 6-3, 6-4
2. #16 Yannick Hanfmann (USC) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 6-5 (7-4), 6-3
3. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Roberto Quiroz (USC) 3-6, 5-4, unfinished
4. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Connor Farren (USC) 6-5 (7-4), 6-4
5. Kevin Metka (OSU) vs. Max De Vroome (USC) 5-6 (5-7), 4-5, unfinished
6. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #47 Jonny Wang (USC) 6-3, 6-4
1. #7 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. #25 Yannick Hanfmann/Ray Sarmiento (USC) 6-4
2. Hunter Callahan/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Roberto Quiroz/Connor Farren (USC) 3-5, unfinished
3. Chris Diaz/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Eric Johnson/Max De Vroome (USC) 6-4