COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated No. 15 Louisville, 6-1, Sunday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in front of 247 fans. The victory extends the Buckeyes’ home win streak to 121-consecutive matches. The Scarlet and Gray improve to 5-1 on the year against nationally-ranked opponents.
Ohio State (14-1, 0-0) moves to 9-1 vs. Louisville (8-5, 0-0) all-time. Head coach Ty Tucker improves his mark to 5-1 against the Cardinals. The Buckeyes are now 6-1 when playing the 15th-ranked team in the country and are 54-2 as the No. 3 ranked team in the ITA standings.
In doubles action, the 10th-ranked team of senior Matt Allare and freshman Peter Kobelt gave the Buckeyes the early advantage, defeating Louisville’s Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari, 8-5, at No. 2. Allare and Kobelt are now 13-4 on the season. The Ohio State lead wouldn’t last however as the sixth-ranked duo of Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola couldn’t hold off Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk, falling, 8-4, at No. 1.
Buckeyes Devin McCarthy and Balazs Novak clinched the doubles point, downing Robert Hall and Adam Donaldson, 8-6, in a highly-contested bout at No. 3. The Ohio State tandem moves to 15-5 with the victory.
Singles play was just as competitive with many matches seeing the lead go back and forth. Four matches went to a tiebreaker either in the first or second set.
Novak, a co-captain, cruised to a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 win over Dante Terenzio at No. 6, moving to 17-2 on the season and picking up his 13th-consecutive singles win to put the home team up 2-0. At one point during the match, Novak claimed 10 straight points.
Allare, also a co-captain, gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 cushion, handing Calligari a 6-4, 6-3 defeat at No. 4. Allare was initially down 3-0 in the first set before rallying. He improves his overall record to 19-3, two shy of picking up his 100th career win.
Buchanan, ranked 21st nationally, clinched the 121st-consecutive win for Ohio State with a 6-3, 7-6 triumph against No. 11 Austen Childs at No. 1. Buchanan notched his sixth win vs. a ranked opponent on the season, moving to 16-4 in singles.
In other singles action, McCarthy, a redshirt-sophomore, won his 11th match in a row, downing Louisville’s Andrew Carter 7-6, 6-3. McCarthy’s record now stands at 16-2. Childs defeated freshman Ille Van Engelen in a close contest 3-6, 7-6, 7-10. Rola, the nation’s fifth-ranked player, wrapped up the dual with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over No. 100 Maksimcuk.
Up next, the Buckeyes will kick-off their Big Ten season at 1:30 p.m. March 4, as they travel to State College, Pa., to take on the 69th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.
Tennis Match Results
#3 Ohio State 6, #15 Louisville 1
Feb 27, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
1. #21 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. #11 Austen Childs (UL) 6-3, 7-6
2. #5 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #100 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
3. Simon Childs (UL) def. #103 Ille Van Engelen (OSU) 7-6, 3-6, 10-7
4. #45 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Alejandro Calligari (UL) 6-4, 6-3
5. #55 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Andrew Carter (UL) 7-6, 6-3
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Dante Terenzio (UL) 6-1, 6-1
1. #26 Austen Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) def. #6 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) 8-4
2. #10 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #50 Simon Childs/Alejandro Calligari (UL) 8-5
3. #66 Devin McCarthy/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Robert Hall/Adam Donaldson (UL) 8-6
Louisville 8-5; National ranking #15
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3);Singles (6,4,1,5,3,2)
A: 247 T: 3:15