COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team captured a 6-1 victory over No. 19 North Carolina Tuesday in Chapel Hill on its way to improving its record to an unblemished 9-0. The win marks the Buckeyes’ 48th-consecutive regular season road triumph. With the win Ohio State (9-0, 0-0) earned its fourth-straight win over a ranked opponent and moves to 6-0-1 all-time against the Tar Heels (3-3, 0-0).
Head coach Ty Tucker improved to 22-4 vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in his first match after picking up his 300th career victory (all at Ohio State). The Buckeyes move to 34-30-1 all-time against teams from the ACC.
In doubles action, Buckeyes Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt, the 10th-ranked duo nationally, downed Brennan Boyajian and Jose Hernandez, 8-5, to move to 11-2 on the season. Boyajian and Hernandez entered the match as the No. 20 team in the country.
The sixth-ranked tandem nationally, freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan moved to 12-3 on the season after claiming the doubles point for Ohio State, with an 8-4 win over UNC’s Stefan Hardy and Zach Hunter, who were ranked No. 44.
North Carolina’s Cameron Ahari and William Parker concluded doubles play handing Devin McCarthy and Balazs Novak an 8-6 setback.
For the first time on the year Ohio State was tied with an opponent, as freshman Ille Van Engelen was handed a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 3 by Hardy.
But the tie was short-lived as the Buckeyes went on to win the rest of the singles matches and clinch the victory over UNC for the fourth-consecutive season. Allare, a senior co-captain and the 45th-ranked player nationally, won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 over Ahari at the No. 4 position to give Ohio State the lead and pick up his 14th win of the season.
Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, earned the Buckeyes their second singles point with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kyle Baker at No. 5. It was Novak’s ninth-consecutive singles win and he improved to 13-2 on the season.
Rola, the fifth-ranked player in the country picked up the deciding victory in straight-set fashion, 6-2, 7-5, over No. 101 Boyajian. Rola improved to 21-2 on the season and has won eight-consecutive dual singles matches.
In the last of singles competition, Buchanan, who is No. 21 in the nation, dealt No. 30 Jose Hernandez a 7-5, 6-0 loss for his ninth victory in a row. No. 55 McCarthy moved to 12-2 on the season with a comeback win 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.
Up next, the Buckeyes will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the 37th Annual ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship this weekend. Ohio State will be the No. 4 seed and will take on the Red Raiders from Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. PT Friday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
No. 4 Ohio State 6, No. 19 North Carolina 1
Feb. 15, 2011 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
1. #21 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. #30 Jose Hernandez (UNC) 7-5, 6-0
2. #5 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #101 Brennan Boyajian (UNC) 6-2, 7-5
3. #107 Stefan Hardy (UNC) def. #103 Ille Van Engelen (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. #45 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Cameron Ahari (UNC) 6-2, 6-1
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Kyle Baker (UNC) 6-1, 6-1
6. #55 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. William parker (UNC) 6-7, 6-3, 10-6
1. #10 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU)) def. #20 Brennan Boyajian/Jose Hernandez (UNC) 8-5
2. #6 Blaz Rola/Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Stefan Hardy/Zach Hunter (UNC) 8-4
3. Cameron Ahari/William Parker (UNC) def. #266 Devin McCarthy/Balazs Novak (OSU)) 8-6
Order of Finish: Singles (4, 3, 5, 2, 6, 1), Doubles (1, 2, 3)