Men’s Tennis Battles Back To Beat No. 2 TCU And Win ITA Indoor National Championship

By February 19, 2024 (3:22 pm)Sports, Tennis

After three wins over the weekend, the Ohio State men’s tennis team beat TCU 4-3 in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

It came down to the wire with the Buckeyes down 3-2 late, needing two singles wins from Robert Cash and Alexander Bernard, who both went into the third set. Bernard won to tie it up, nad Cash secured the victory with his individual win to complete the Buckeyes comeback from down 2-0.

Cash and Bernard started the match off with a 6-2 win for the No. 1 Buckeyes over Duncan Chan and Lui Maxted in doubles, but Ohio State lost the other two. Andrew Lutschaunig and Justin Boulais suffered a 6-3 loss and the duo of Cannon Kingsley and J.J. Tracy lost 6-4, giving the doubles point to the No. 2 Horned Frogs.

The Buckeyes lost the doubles point in three of the four matches of the tournament in New York but were able to come back from the deficit with their singles performances, doing so again in the match against TCU.

Ohio State needed to win four of the six singles matches to take home the title, and did so, needing each of the six to be played out to take home the title.

Kingsley lost to Jake Fearnley in two sets, falling 6-1 in the first and 6-0 in the second to put the team down 2-0 with five other matches still taking place.

Anthrop was the first to get the Buckeyes on the board against Sebastian Grozny, winning his match 7-5, 6-2 to make the score 2-1.

Not long after, Tracy tied it up with a win of his own over Pedro Vives, taking the match 6-4, 6-4 and making it so the Buckeyes needed just two more wins.

Boulais dropped his match to the No. 4-ranked Jack Pinnington to give the Horned Frogs the advantage again, needing just one more win to end it.

Bernard and Cash both needed a third set to settle their matches, and both needed to be played out after Bernard took the win 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to tie it up at 3 meaning the winner between Cash and Maxted decided the national champion.

Cash had lost the first set 7-6, but came back to win the second 6-4. He was able to secure the victory for him and his team with a 6-3 win in the third set to take home the national championship win.

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