Winning its second straight Big Ten men’s tennis tournament was sweet for No. 2 Ohio State. Beating No. 16 Michigan in this year’s final made it a little sweeter.
The No. 1-seeded Buckeyes wrapped up the 2017 Big Ten men’s tennis tournament title with a 4-1 win over the No. 2-seeded Wolverines on Sunday at Purdue.
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.@OhioState_MTEN is goin' baaack-to-back.
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The Buckeyes got wins from first singles player Mikael Torpegaard (6-3, 6-1), third singles player Hugo Di Feo (6-3, 6-3) and fifth singles player Herkko Pollanen (6-1, 6-4) along with the doubles point.
“It’s just a good day, I guess,” Buckeyes coach Ty Tucker said to a BTN reporter. “We’ve been behind early in Ann Arbor in the doubles point and we know the doubles is one of the best in the country. We came out and our focus all morning was to get the doubles point and we did.”
As for beating the Wolverines, Tucker said his team was facing tough players on scholarship and anything can happen.
“It’s Michigan,” Tucker said. “That’s our rival and we knew that we needed to close it down when we got our opportunity. Di Feo did and Pollanen did.”
To get to the finals, the Buckeyes defeated No. 8 seed Minnesota on Friday and No. 4 seed Wisconsin on Saturday.
Last year, Ohio State beat Illinois 4-1 to win the title.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s teams clinched the conference regular-season titles, and the women’s team is also facing the Wolverines in its tournament final Sunday.
Next up for the men is the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Buckeyes advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to California. As the No. 2 team in the nation, they are ranked behind only Wake Forrest.