June 22, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America honors, the ITA announced Thursday. It is the third such laurel for Buchanan, while Rola becomes the second Buckeye freshman to garner All-America accolades.
Buchanan, who was a singles and doubles All-American in 2010, was a singles honoree this season. The New Albany, Ohio, native posted a 34-7 overall record, including a 29-3 dual record and 10-0 ledger in the Big Ten Conference. Buchanan, the two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, was 16-1 at No. 1 singles, while also going 13-2 at the No. 2 position.
Rola joins Dino Marcan (2009-10) as the only other Buckeye freshman to earn All-America honors. Rola, a 2011 singles recipient, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles championship this past spring before falling to eventual champion Steve Johnson of USC. Named the ITA National Player to Watch, the Wilson/ITA Midwest Region singles champion was a fixture in the ITA Top 10 polls the entire season, reaching as high as third in the nation. The native of Slovenia led the squad in wins with 41 (seven losses). In all, Rola was 25-4 in dual action and 16-3 in tournament play. He posted an 8-1 record in the Big Ten and was 10-3 at No. 1 singles and 15-1 at No. 2.
In order to qualify as an ITA All-American in singles, a student-athlete must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Be a Top 16 seed in the NCAA singles championship 2. Reach the round of 16 in the NCAA singles championship 3. Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA rankings.
Rola met all three qualifications as he was the fifth seed, reached the quarterfinals and finished fifth in the final ITA singles poll. Buchanan ended the season 12th and was also a Top 16 seed.