COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team downed No. 75 William & Mary in the first match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes are one of 15 schools hosting the qualifying rounds in preparation for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship being held at the University of Washington Feb. 18-21.

Ohio State will face UC Irvine next in the championship match at 1 p.m. Sunday.William & Mary and South Carolina will open play at 10 a.m. in the consolation match.

The No. 25-ranked Buckeye team of senior Balazs Novak and redshirt-sophomore Devin McCarthy quickly shutout William & Mary duo Anton Andersson and Ben Guthrie, 8-0.  Seniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa followed with an 8-3 decision over the Tribe’s Ilja Orre and Adrian Vodislav to give Ohio State an early 1-0 decision heading into singles play.

Sebastien Vidal and Jamie Whiteford of William & Mary defeated Buckeye tandem Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the seventh-ranked team nationally, 8-6.

In singles action, No. 7 Rola won the Buckeyes’ first singles match of the tournament, beating Guthrie, 6-1, 6-2, to move to 16-2 on the season, including 3-0 in dual play.

Allare, a Mason, Ohio native, downed the Tribe’s Vidal, winning his 90th match as a Buckeye. It was the first of four matches that was decided by a 6-2, 6-2 score. Not long after McCarthy beat Vodislav, improving to 25-4 while donning the Scarlet and Gray. Novak was victorious over Hoogland and William & Mary’s Anderson was dealt a loss by Buchanan.

Also winning in singles play was freshman Ille Van Engelen, who moved to 3-0 in dual action on the young season by beating Whiteford, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

No. 4 Ohio State 7, No. 75 William & Mary 0
Jan. 29, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio

1. #63 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) 6-2, 6-2
2. #7 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Ben Guthrie (W&M) 6-1, 6-0
3. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Jamie Whiteford (W&M) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #34 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Sebastien Vidal (W&M) 6-2, 6-2
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) 6-2, 6-2
6. #46 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Adrian Vodislav (W&M) 6-2, 6-2

1. Sebastien Vidal/Jamie Whiteford (W&M) def. #6 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) 8-6
2. #25 Devin McCarthy/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Anton Andersson/Ben Guthrie (W&M) 8-0
3. #57 Shuhei Uzawa/Matt Allare (OSU) def. Ilja Orre/Adrian Vodislav (W&M) 8-3

Match Notes:
William & Mary 5-3; National ranking #75
Ohio State 3-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,6,1,5,3)
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Official: Vince Solomon  T-3:00  A-117