COLUMBUS, Ohio. (Feb. 3, 2017) – The University of South Florida men’s tennis team faced No. 3 Ohio State on the road, and fell in a hard-fought 6-1 loss with four out six singles matches going to three sets.
The Bulls trailed going into singles action, and needed four wins to take the match. In the No. 4 spot, Alberto Barroso-Campos dropped his first set, but answered with a second-set win to send the match into a super tie break. Barroso-Campos sealed the sole Bull victory 2-6, 7-6(1), 1-0(10).
Peter Bertran and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy picked up wins in their first sets, but were unable to hold onto their leads.
Mikael Torepgaard, ranked No. 2 in the nation, put the first singles point on the board for the Buckeyes, defeating senior Sasha Gozun, 6-3, 6-3. No. 53 Martin Joyce clinched the match with a straight set victory against freshmen Pierre Luquet in the No. 5 spot. Justin Roberts also took his match to three sets, but fell to No. 5 Hugo Di Feo 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In doubles competition, the Buckeyes picked up quick wins with No. 55 ranked Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen defeating Bulls Gozun and Kalyuzhnyy, 6-1, and No. 25 Joyce and Di Feo defeating Roberts and Bertran, 6-2. In the No. 3 spot, Nils Heimer and Jakub Wojcik went unfinished against Hunger Tubert and Matt Mendez.
The Bulls are headed to Ann Arbor, Mich. for another Big 10 Matchup. First serve against the Wolverines is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5.
2. #25 Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo (OSU) def. Justin Roberts/Peter Bertran (USF) 6-2
3. Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (OSU) vs. Nils Heimer/Jakub Wojcik (USF) 5-2, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,5,4,6,3)
Be sure to follow USF men’s tennis on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. Head coach Ashley Fisher will begin his first year at the helm of the program for the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach in 2016. The USF men’s tennis program has won three consecutive American Athletic Conference Championships and advanced to three straight NCAA tournaments.