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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Blaz Rola of the Ohio State men’s tennis team earned his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor after leading the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a 6-1 victory against the No. 11 Pepperdine Waves. The fifth-ranked singles player in the country, Rola picked up a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over 17th-ranked Sebastian Fanselow at No. 2 singles to improve to 25-3 in singles play this season. Teaming with senior co-caption Balazs Novak, the duo defeated Hugh Clarke and Alfredo Moreno at No. 3 doubles, helping Ohio State clinch the doubles point with an 8-4 victory.

A Ptuj, Slovenia, native Rola leads the Buckeyes in singles wins with 25 and is tied with three teammates for dual doubles wins with 11. Rola entered the season as the No. 2 rated freshman by the ITA and has been a constant in the Top 5 of the singles rankings this season. He, alongside junior Chase Buchanan form the ninth-ranked tandem in the nation.

 It is the third time this season a Buckeye has captured the Big Ten Player of the Week award. Buchanan has the other two, earning the recognition Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, respectively.

The No. 5 Buckeyes return to Big Ten action this Friday at No. 66 Iowa and Sunday at No. 10 Illinois. Live updates are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Blaz Rola vs. No. 11 Pepperdine
Singles
No. 4 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. No. 17 Sebastian Fanselow (PEP) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Doubles
Balazs Novak/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Hugh Clarke/Alfredo Moreno (PEP) 8-4