No. 6 Ohio State kicks off 2022 spring season with back-to-back wins

The Ohio State men’s tennis team gathers before the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Feb. 13, 2021. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Christian Harsa | Director of Special Projects

The No. 6 men’s tennis player at Ohio State opened its 2022 season at home with two wins on Wednesday, putting in a dominating performance on the courts in a 7-0 game against Toledo and a 6-1 swing against Xavier. .

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Toledo, which went 7-9 last season, finished first in the double-header.

The Buckeyes rolled through the doubles game, earning the doubles point with wins on two pitches. Redshirt junior Andrew Lutschaunig and senior James Trotter combined for a 6-1 victory while the duo of junior Cannon Kingsley and graduate Jake Van Emburgh won 6-2.

As the singles action continued as Ohio State entered more of the swing of the new season, with no court losing more than two games as they rode to a 7-0 finish.

Matej Vocel, a No. 5 graduate and transfer from Oklahoma State, stood out in his first game for the Buckeyes, dropping just two games in their straight-set victory.

Vocel, who spent three seasons with the Cowboys, said he was settling in with his new team after his first outings in Columbus.

“I think today was a day to get used to the games,” Vocel said. “Friday we have a big Big Ten game against Illinois, so we’ll see where we are with that. Hopefully we can show them we’re better.

With big matchups on the horizon, including a Feb. 4 date against No. 1 Tennessee, Vocel said he’s happy to play with and against the highest competition.

“Ohio State is much bigger than my old school,” Vocel said. “It’s more competition and the tougher matches. I’m happy to play in the biggest team.

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The night saw Ohio State take on Xavier, who finished last season with a 2-12 record.

The Musketeers gave the Buckeyes plenty of hard fought sets, starting with some doubles action. Ohio State shot two pitches 6-1 and 6-3, while the last pitch in play was 5-2 in favor of the Buckeyes when play stopped .

The singles action had plenty of ups and few downs as five of six courts went in favor of the Buckeyes in straight sets. The only loss came at the first single, where Xavier’s graduate transfer Diego Nava upset No. 21 Kingsley in straight sets.

Nava, who spent four years at Loyola Marymount, gave Kingsley everything he could handle in two tightly contested sets, with neither man able to walk away until the Musketeer won the sets 7-5 and 6-4.

Trotter faced a tough challenge in the match, finding himself trailing 3-1 in the second set before bouncing back and taking five straight games to take the set and win.

Vocel got off to another strong start in Xavier’s game, winning their first seven games on their way to a straight-sets 6-0, 6-4 win.

Lutschaunig, who saw himself in action after an injury-plagued second outing, earned a straight-sets victory 6-3, 6-2.

Lutschaunig said the team had high hopes for what they could achieve this season, and he was happy they were able to start their season on the right track.

“Everyone knows we can do something special this year, so it’s good to come away with two wins,” Lutschaunig said.

Despite a slew of new faces joining the program this season, Lutschaunig said the team have bonded well and are looking to use their chemistry to help them in future outings.

“We are here for a common goal. We are united and with the big games coming up that could make the difference,” Lutschauning said. “It’s nice to know that we support each other.”

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