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

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