COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team (27-2, 10-0) defeated Purdue (12-12, 3-7), 7-0, on Sunday Senior Day at the Varsity Tennis Center for its sixth-consecutive Big Ten crown. It also is the sixth year in a row the Buckeyes have finished their regular-season conference schedule 10-0. The Scarlet and Gray have now been victorious in 76-consecutive Big Ten contests, dating back to the 2002-03 season.
Freshman Blaz Rola‘s 6-0, 6-1 victory over Purdue’s Szymon Tatarczyk at No. 1 clinched the outright conference title for Ohio State. With the win, Rola finishes his rookie regular season with a team-high 33 wins, including a 20-3 mark in dual play and 8-2 when competing on court one.
For the first time this season, Ohio State used a different doubles lineup in a Big Ten match. Senior co-captains Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa teamed up for the third time in dual play, defeating Purdue’s Mark Kovacs and Aaron Dujovne, 8-3. The win was Allare’s 30th and Uzawa’s 19th doubles triumphs during their final season donning the Scarlet and Gray.
Balazs Novak and freshman Ille Van Engelen paired up for the second time this season and it proved to be a wise decision with the Buckeye duo winning 8-2 vs. Eric Ramos and Krisztian Krocsko on court two. Novak moves to 27-7 in doubles, while Van Engelen improves to 5-1.
Wrapping up doubles action on court one, junior Chase Buchanan and Rola, the No. 11-ranked duo in the nation, teamed up for the 21st time on the season, beating Pawel Poziomski and Tatarczyk, 8-3, for their 15th win as a pair. Overall in doubles, Buchanan is 25-8 while Rola is 26-7.
Singles competition started with Buchanan winning his 12th-consecutive match, defeating Kovacs on court two, 6-2, 6-1, to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. Buchanan improves to 10-1 at No. 2, 24-2 in dual action and 29-5 overall.
Allare put Ohio State one point from the win with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Krocsko at No. 4 to end his final regular season on a 19-match win streak. Allare improves to 31-3 overall, including a 16-0 mark when playing on court four.
Rola’s straight-set victory clinched Ohio State’s sixth-consecutive Big Ten crown.
In other singles competition, Devin McCarthy defeated Poziomski, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 and Novak downed Ramos, 6-3, 6-3, on court five. McCarthy improved to 27-5 overall and 9-0 at the No. 6 position. Novak moved to 26-6 overall and 12-0 at the No. 5 spot during his senior campaign.
Van Engelen finished the singles portion of the match vs. the Boilermakers with a super-tiebreaker win at No. 3, with a 3-6, 6-0, 10-6 victory vs. Dujovne.
Up next, the Buckeyes begin postseason play at the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis., April 28-May 1.
Tennis Match Results
No. 4 Ohio State 7, No. 63 Purdue 0
Apr. 24, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
1. #6 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR) 6-0, 6-1
2. #12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Mark Kovacs (PUR) 6-2, 6-1
3. #96 Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Aaron Dujovne (PUR) 3-6, 6-0, 10-6
4. #45 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Krisztian Krocsko (PUR) 6-2, 6-3
5. #89 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Eric Ramos (PUR) 6-3, 6-3
6. #66 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Pawel Poziomski (PUR) 6-2, 6-1
1. #11 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Pawel Poziomski/Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR) 8-3
2. Balazs Novak/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Eric Ramos/Krisztian Krocsko (PUR) 8-2
3. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Mark Kovacs/Aaron Dujovne (PUR) 8-3
Purdue 12-12; National ranking #63
Ohio State 27-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,6,5,3)
Official: Vince Solomon T-2:53 A-130