COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blaz Rola, a freshman on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, concluded the fall season Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Steve Johnson of USC in the semifinals of the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Columbia University is hosting the prestigious event at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in Flushing, N.Y.
Johnson quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, which proved costly for the Buckeye from Ptuj, Slovenia. The second set was more closely contested, but Johnson was able to win a late break for the set and match win.
Rola entered the semifinals with an impressive nine-match winning streak, having already knocked off the No. 2-seed Eric Quigley (Kentucky) earlier in the tournament. Rola concludes the fall campaign with a 13-2 record in singles.
Ohio State kicks off the spring season Jan. 26, when Butler and Xavier travel to Columbus. The Buckeyes will face the Bulldogs at noon and will host the Musketeers at 6 p.m. at the Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
2010 National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. No. 2 Eric Quigley (Kentucky), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2
Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine), 6-3, 6-2
Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M), 6-4, 7-6(1)
No. 7 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Blaz Rola (Ohio State), 6-1, 6-4