CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – When Ohio State and Wake Forest each won its 2017 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship quarterfinal match on Saturday, college tennis fans salivated at the prospect of the nation’s No. 1- and No. 2-ranked singles players facing off in Sunday’s semifinal round.
By the time the two competitors walked off the court at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, many were already proclaiming the dual match between the Buckeyes and Demon Deacons one of the greatest in recent memory.
It’s hard to argue with that.
A jam-packed crowd watched the No. 3 Buckeyes and No. 2 Demon Deacons battle back-and-forth for several hours, before ultimately settling into a 3-3 tie, leaving the No. 1 singles showdown between Ohio State’s No. 2 Mikael Torpegaard and Wake Forest’s No. 1 Petros Chrysochos to decide who would advance to Monday’s final.
Much like their teams, Torpegaard and Chrysochos took turns holding the reins of the match. Both would earn and lose match points, and perhaps fittingly, the match wound up advancing all the way to a third set tiebreaker. In the end, Torpegaard had just enough to take down Chrysochos 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (4) and propel No. 3 Ohio State past No. 2 Wake Forest 4-3.
Ohio State will face No. 1 Virginia in Monday’s final, as the Cavaliers toppled No. 5 North Carolina 4-0 in what was a rematch of the 2016 National Indoors final, a match that saw the Tar Heels best the Cavaliers 4-2 on their home court and claim the National Indoors title.
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The Cavaliers raced out to a quick 1-0 lead by securing the doubles point, then earned singles victories at No. 1 (Collin Altamirano def. Ronnie Schneider 6-0, 6-3), No. 3 (Carl Soderlund def. Simon Soendergaard 6-2, 6-1) and No. 5 (Alexander Ritschard def. Jack Murray 6-3, 7-6) positions to close out the match.
In the first semifinal, Wake Forest grabbed the doubles point and 1-0 lead, thanks to victories by the nation’s No. 1-ranked doubles team, Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim (defeated No. 38 Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen 6-3) and No. 3 doubles team of Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky (topped Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert 7-6 (5)).
Ohio State saw No. 8 Hugo Di Feo defeat No. 10 Mansouri 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, JJ Wolf top Borna Gojo 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles and Kyle Seelig score a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Alan Gadjiev, while Wake Forest won at No. 4 singles (No. 26 Seraphim def. No. 47 Pollanen 6-3, 3-6, 6-3) and No. 5 singles (Uspensky def. Martin Joyce 7-6 (1), 6-4) to set the stage for the dramatic finish at No. 1 singles.
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