Ohio State's men's and women's tennis teams fall to Michigan in Big Ten tournament finals
It wasn’t a good day for Ohio State’s tennis teams in the Big Ten tournament finals Sunday against Michigan.
The men’s team fell 4-2 to the Wolverines in Madison, Wisconsin. Michigan swept the Buckeye women’s team 4-0 in Iowa City.
Both Buckeye teams were seeded first in the tournament and Michigan second.
In the men’s match, No. 4 OSU (24-3) got off to a good start when Andrew Lutschaunig and Justin Boulas followed a victory by Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy to win the doubles point.
But No. 7 Michigan won four of the five completed singles matches. The Wolverines (22-3) clinched the title when Ondrej Styler rallied to defeat Cannon Kingsley 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match.
Kingsley, ranked 10th had a chance to break Styler leading 3-2 in the final set, but Styler saved three break points and then broke Kingsley in the next game. Styler, ranked 30th, won his final two service games.
Earlier, OSU's Justin Boulais lost to Nick Beaty 7-5, 7-6, Matej Vocel fell 7-6, 6-4 to Patrick Maloney, and James Tracy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Nino Ehrenschneider.
Ohio State’s only singles win was by JJ Tracy, who defeated Andrew Fenty 7-6, 6-4.
OSU’s Jake Van Emburgh was tied with Jacob Bickersteth 7-6, 4-6, 3-3 when Michigan clinched.
It was the second straight year that Ohio State, long the Big Ten's dominant team, lost in the conference tournament finals. The Buckeyes lost to Illinois last year.
It was the third match of the year between OSU and Michigan. The Buckeyes lost 4-0 in a non-conference match in Ann Arbor on March 18 before exacting revenge with a 4-1 Big Ten victory on April 15 in Columbus.
In the women’s match Sunday, No. 20 Michigan dominated. No. 10 Ohio State (20-5) lost the doubles point and then lost in straight sets in three singles matches.
Lucia Marzal fell to Julia Fliegner 6-3, 6-0 at No. 5. At No. 1, OSU’s Irina Cantos Siemers lost 6-2, 6-2 to Kari Miller. Michigan (19-5) closed out the matcht when Jaedan Brown defeated Isabelle Boulais 6-3, 7-6 (3) at No. 2 singles.
Sydni Ratliff and Kolia Allen split the first two sets in their singles matches. Luna Dormet led 6-4, 5-6 when Michigan clinched.
“Michigan played really well and deserved that win today," OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. "I don’t think we handled the pressure well, but hopefully we can learn from that. We have had a very good season and one match doesn’t define who we are. Hopefully, we can dig deep and turn it around for next weekend. I think we can.”
Both Ohio State teams will play in the NCAA tournament. The brackets for that tournament, which will conclude in Champaign, Illinois, will be announced Monday.