Ohio State Men's Tennis Falls To No. 1 Wake Forest In National Title Match

Ohio State Men's Tennis Falls To No. 1 Wake Forest In National Title Match

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Ohio State Men's Tennis Falls To No. 1 Wake Forest In National Title Match

It was all there for Ohio State to win its first ever NCAA outdoor tennis title, but it was too much Wake Forest.


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Ohio State Men’s Tennis Falls To No. 1 Wake Forest In National Title Match

Ohio State was hoping this was the year that it finally got the NCAA championship monkey off its back. But in the end, it was too much Wake Forest on their home court, and the Buckeyes had to settle for a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament.

But there’s no reason to hang heads here.

Truth be known, this year’s tennis squad wasn’t expected to make it this far. Yeah, it might be labeled the best NCAA men’s tennis program to never win an outdoor national title, but there were too many unknowns to expect the year to culminate with a defeat in the national championship game.

As was the case most of the year, the doubles point ended up being huge in this one — and unfortunately for Ohio State — it lost that opportunity via two 7-5 decisions and fell behind early 0-1 to Wake Forest in the overall match standings.

OSU tried to fight back, tying things at 1-1, and then pulling to within 3-2 when Martin joyce won his singles match, but then the Deamon Deacons put it away on other courts. The championship was clinched when Ohio State’s Tim Seibert netted a return that surrendered a tight affair against Bar Botzer of Wake.

In the end, it was a 4-2 decision that was much closer than even that score indicated. It was another great season for Ohio State, and it’ll now go into the offseason looking to build and return to kick the door down finally.

 

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