Oct. 12, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, earned co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors Wednesday. It is the first time this season either Buckeye has nabbed the accolade. The award is Buchanan’s 11th and Rola’s second of their careers.

The Scarlet and Gray tandem are coming off an undefeated weekend at the 2011 D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The pair went 5-0 en route to claiming the doubles championship. With the crown, Buchanan and Rola became the second Buckeye team to claim a national tournament title in program history. Scott Green and Ross Wilson won the title in 2004. Both wins have come under the direction of head coach Ty Tucker.

Buchanan and Rola upset top-seed Kevin King and Juan Spir of Georgia Tech 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the final. The pair also improved to 12-3 in tournament play and 21-7 overall in their career. The Buckeye tandem also advanced to the doubles final last season but fell to Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz. It was the third time in ITA championship history a team participated in back-to-back doubles finals.

Additionally, Ohio State became the first Big Ten program to have multiple teams win the doubles crown. Illinois is the only other conference school to have won an ITA doubles championship (2002).

The Scarlet and Gray are back in action this week as they host the 2011 USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships at the Varsity Tennis Center and Jesse Owens West Recreation Center beginning Thursday (Oct. 13).

Buchanan’s and Rola’s Path to the Championship:
1st Round: Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola def. Tuomas Manner/Alexander Pelaez (Illinois State), 8-2
2nd Round: Buchanan/Rola def. Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim (Nebraska), 8-5
Quarterfinals: Buchanan/Rola def. David Cavalcanti/Matheus Pereira (Wichita State), 8-5 
Semifinals: Buchanan/Rola def. Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (Georgia), 6-2, 6-4 
Final: Buchanan/Rola def. Kevin King/Juan Spir (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4