Feb. 20, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio Blaz Rola, a junior on the No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team, was named the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. The native of Slovenia earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for the eighth time in his Ohio State career. On the season, Rola is 7-0 overall (7-0 dual) in singles play and 7-0 overall (7-0 dual) in doubles.

Rola and the Buckeyes will resume action in Columbus this weekend vs. No. 25 Notre Dame at noon Saturday and No. 25 LSU at noon Sunday after competing in the 2013 ITA Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.

During the Buckeyes’ tournament run, which ended  in the semifinal vs. No. 1 Virginia 4-3, Rola, ranked 62nd nationally, recorded two wins at No. 1 singles and three victories at No. 3 doubles for a 5-0 record on the week. Additionally Rola and Kevin Metka were the first doubles team to win for the Buckeyes in each match and Rola needed only two sets for each singles victory.

At the Team Indoor Championships, Rola helped the Buckeyes defeat two ranked opponents and helped earn two of the three points Ohio State tallied against Virginia. Against No. 13 Cal, Rola and Metka won 8-5 over Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton in third doubles, before winning in first singles 6-3, 4-2 (retired) against No. 82 Ben McLachlan.

The next opponent faced by the Buckeyes was No. 5 Pepperdine. In that match Rola and Metka defeated David Sofaer and Mousheg Hovhannisyan 8-0. Rola was up a set on No. 4 Sebastian Fanselow in singles before the match went unfinished.

Against Virginia, Rola and Metka won again at No. 3 doubles with an 8-4 defeat of Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank. On court one in singles, Rola won 6-4, 6-2 against No. 7 Jarmere Jenkins.

No. 62 Blaz Rola
Feb. 20, 2013 Big Ten Athlete of the Week
at ITA Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 15-17
Nordstrom Tennis Center
Seattle, Wash.
University of Washington

Vs. No. 13 California
Feb. 15
1. No. 62 Blaz Rola def. No. 82 Ben McLachlan (Cal), 6-3, 4-2 (retired)
3. Blaz Rola / Kevin Metka def. Gregory Bayane / Chase Melton (Cal), 8-5

Vs. No. 5 Pepperdine
Feb. 16
1. No. 62 Blaz Rola vs. No. 4 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine), 6-3, 4-4 (unfinished)
3. Blaz Rola / Kevin Metka def. David Sofaer / Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pepperdine), 8-0

Vs. No. 1 Virginia
Feb. 17
1. No. 62 Blaz Rola def. No. 7 Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia), 6-4, 6-2
3. Blaz Rola / Kevin Metka def. Alex Domijan / Mitchell Frank (Virginia), 8-4