Columbus, Ohio- Ohio State’s doubles team of Matej Vocel and Robert Cash was one of the best doubles teams all season and the duo’s run continued Wednesday with a convincing 6-4, 6 win. -2 over defending national champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper of Tennessee.
Vocel and Cash got a break midway through the first set and took a 6-4 victory. Tennessee took another 2-1 lead early in the second set, however, Vocel and Cash quickly found their footing and won five straight to secure the straight-set victory 6-4, 6-2. They will face Wake Forest’s Jakob Schnaitter and Siddhant Banthia in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
In other doubles action, James Trotter and Justin Boulais took on Florida’s 8-seeded duo of Ben Shelton and Sam Riffice. Trotter and Boulais took an early 2-1 lead in the first set, but the momentum was cut short by a rain delay. After the break, Shelton and Riffice won five straight matches and took the first set 6-2. The Buckeyes responded with an early 3-0 lead in the second set. The Gators took it to 5-3, however, Trotter and Boulais finished the second set at 6-3, sending the match to a super tie-break. They trailed 5-0 in the tiebreak but gathered momentum and took it to 6-3. However, that momentum was put on hold by the game’s second rain delay. After moving inside, Trotter and Boulais went back and forth with the Gators but dropped the tiebreaker 10-6.
Earlier in the day, Vocel and JJ Tracy both played a round of 16 singles matches. Vocel took on Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky and the two split the first two sets with each winning 6-4. In the third set, the two held serve until it was 2-2 and then the pair traded breaks. Two more holds led 5-5 each, then Diallo grabbed a second break and held serve once more for a 7-5 victory. Vocel finished the year with a 31-8 singles record.
Tracy had her hands full as he took on top-seeded Ben Shelton of Florida. Tracy played well and held her own, but Sheldon grabbed just one break in each set and won 6-4, 6-4. Tracy led the Buckeyes this season with a 36-6 singles record.