Kingsley, Tracy clinch OSU men's tennis victory over Arizona to reach NCAA quarterfinals

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State men's tennis coach Ty Tucker

A taut NCAA Super Regional men's tennis match ended suddenly Saturday afternoon when Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy won their three-set matches within seconds of each other to give Ohio State a 4-2 victory over Arizona at the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.

The No. 3 Buckeyes will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals next week in Orlando, Florida.

Ohio State men's tennis player James Trotter competes for the Buckeyes.

Kingsley defeated Jonas Ziverts 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, breaking serve twice in winning the final three games. Tracy had match point at the same time against Gustov Strom and prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles when Strom hit a backhand wide.

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James Trotter led 3-1 in his third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles when Ohio State clinched.

Ohio State won the doubles point by taking sets on the No. 1 and 3 courts. Jack Anthrop won in straight sets at No. 6 singles to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. No. 14 Arizona then tied it with victories at No. 5 and No. 1 singles.

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The other three matches ebbed and flowed, with neither team taking a sizable edge as the match reached 3½ hours in duration. Then Kingsley and Tracy closed it out.

The Buckeyes will play No. 6 Georgia in the NCAA quarterfinals Thursday night. The Bulldogs defeated No. 11 Harvard 4-2 on Saturday.