COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan, a junior on the second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team, earned his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award of the season and ninth of his career the conference announced Tuesday. Buchanan continued to build on his impressive 2010-11 campaign this past week winning six matches for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray went 3-0 during the week, defeating Kentucky, 4-3, Michigan State, 7-0 and Michigan, 6-1.
Against No. 12 Kentucky, Buchanan, alongside doubles partner Shuhei Uzawa, was the only Ohio State duo to win in doubles competition defeating No. 51 Alberto Gonzalez and Tom Jomby, 8-7, at No. 2. Buchanan had one of his best singles performances of the year vs. Wildcat Alex Musialek, the nation’s 51st ranked player, at No. 2. The team score was tied at 3-3 leaving the New Albany, Ohio, native’s match as the tie-breaking contest. Buchanan would come from behind to claim a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 decision to haul in the non-conference Buckeye victory in one of the closest matches of the season.
In Big Ten play, Buchanan downed Michigan State’s Denis Bogatov 6-1, 6-1 April 8 in Ohio State’s 7-0 shutout for his 10th win at No. 1 on the 2010-11 campaign. Teaming up with Uzawa, the tandem downed Spartans’ Austin Brooks and Aaron Pfister, 8-7 (11-9).
Against the No. 23 Michigan Wolverines April 10, Buchanan claimed his eighth victory over a nationally ranked opponent by defeating Evan King 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 to help secure the Scarlet and Gray’s 16th consecutive win vs. the Wolverines. Buchanan and Uzawa won at No. 2 doubles once again against Shaun Bernstein and Barrett Franks, 8-2. Buchanan has now won seven singles duals in a row for a 19-2 dual record, including an 11-1 mark at No. 1 and 8-1 ledger at No. 2. He is also 6-0 vs. Big Ten competition and 5-1 in conference doubles play.
Chase Buchanan Wins for the Week of April 5
Ohio State 4 at No. 12 Kentucky 3
2. No. 14 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 51 Alex Musialek (UK) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Chase Buchanan/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. No. 51 Alberto Gonzalez/Tom Jomby (UK) 8-3
Ohio State 7 vs. No. 60 Michigan State 0
1. No. 14 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Denis Bogatov (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Chase Buchanan/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Austin Brooks/Aaron Pfister (MSU) 8-7 (11-9)
Ohio State 6 vs. No. 23 Michigan 1
1. No. 14 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 21 Evan King (MICH) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
2. Chase Buchanan/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks (MICH) 8-2
Last Ohio State Athlete of the Week: Chase Buchanan (Feb. 22, 2011)