COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time this season, junior Chase Buchanan of the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week the conference announced Tuesday. Buchanan (15-4) won four matches last week in wins against No. 24 North Carolina and No. 5 Texas. 

The Gahanna, Ohio, native first paired with freshman Blaz Rola to form the sixth-ranked team in the nation and defeated No. 44 Stefan Hardy and Zach Hunter of North Carolina, 8-5, Feb. 15 in Chapel Hill. Buchanan, who jumped 42 places to No. 21 in the ITA polls last week, then downed No. 30 Jose Hernandez 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to fuel the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over the Tar Heels.

Buchanan added to his wins total at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 18-20 in Seattle, Wash. Paired with Rola, the tandem beat No. 2 Ed Corrie and Jean Anderson, 8-5. Buchanan then followed with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Anderson to help the Scarlet and Gray prevail, 4-1. 

Chase Buchanan Wins for the Week of Feb. 14
Ohio State 6 at No. 24 North Carolina 1
1. No. 21 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 30 Jose Hernandez (UNC) 7-5, 6-0
2. No. 6 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Stefan Hardy/Zach Hunter (UNC) 8-4

Ohio State 4 vs. No. 5 Texas 1 (ITA National Team Indoor Championship)
2. No. 21 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. No. 55 Jean Andersen (UT) 6-0, 6-2
1. No. 6 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. No. 2 Ed Corrie/Jean Andersen (UT) 8-5
Last Ohio State Athlete of the Week: Chase Buchanan (Feb. 8, 2011)