COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated its third-consecutive opponent from the SEC Saturday as it shut out No. 33 LSU,7-0. With the win, the Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 118 straight matches. The victory for the Scarlet and Gray (8-0, 0-0) also was the fourth in a row against a ranked opponent and sixth shutout in eight matches so far on the year.
The win against the Tigers (3-3, 0-0) served as head coach Ty Tucker’s 300th career victory. His overall career mark as the Buckeye leader now stands at 300-51. Tucker is now the second coach in Buckeye men’s tennis history to amass 300 wins. Tucker’s predecessor, John Daly was 427-333 in 28 seasons from 1972-1999. Tucker has averaged 26.5 wins in 11 seasons and his current. 854 active winning percentage is the highest in Ohio State history.
“Coach Tucker is a hard worker and puts in the hours”, Matt Allare, senior co-captain, said, “He knows what he is doing and is a proven winner and in my four years, he has helped me become a better player.”
Since his inaugural season in 1999-00, Tucker has guided Ohio State to five regular-season Big Ten Conference titles and six league tournament championships, including five-consecutive from 2006-10. Tucker’s teams have never finished below fourth in the conference regular-season standings. In fact, after tying for fourth in 2000, Tucker and the Buckeyes finished second from 2001-2005 before winning the conference the last five seasons. Since that 2000 campaign, the Scarlet and Gray have won at least 20 matches each season and at least 30 the past three campaigns.
The Buckeyes got off to a quick start in doubles action against the Tigers. Senior co-captain Balazs Novak and Devin McCarthy, the 23rd-ranked duo in the nation, impressively defeated Roger Anderson and Oliver Borsos, 8-2, to move to 12-3 on the season. The sixth-ranked team in the nation, consisting of junior Chase Buchanan and freshman Blaz Rola, also easily won their match. The Buckeye tandem improved to 11-3 with an 8-2 win over Julien Gauthier and Tom Knights.
Also competing in doubles play, Ohio State’s Allare and Peter Kobelt fell to the 27th-ranked team in the nation, Neal Skupski and Sebastian Carlsson, 9-8(3).
Allare was the first Buckeye to finish singles play, downing Sebastian Carlsson in straight-sets 6-3, 6-3. Rola picked up the third point for Ohio State, handing Borsos a 6-2, 6-4 loss at No. 1. Borsos held a 4-1 advantage in the second-set, but Rola rolled off the next five points to pick up the win and improve to 20-2 in singles action.
Buchanan captured the match-winning point in straight-set fashion, by beating Skupski 6-4, 6-2.
In other singles action, freshman Ille Van Engelen reeled off a 6-4, 6-2 victory over LSU’s Mark Bowtell, while Novak was victorious over Gauthier 6-4, 6-4.
Redshirt-freshman Nelson Vick clinched the shutout for Ohio State, defeating Knights 7-6, 4-6, 10-4 to extend his win streak to 10 matches.
Up next, the Buckeyes will make their first road trip of the season Feb. 15 when they travel to No. 19 North Carolina. The match will begin at 2:30 p.m. from Chapel Hill.
Tennis Match Results
No. 4 Ohio State 7, No. 33 LSU 0
Feb 12, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
1. #7 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #102 Oliver Borsos (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #63 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Neal Skupski (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. #34 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Julien Gauthier (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. #72 Nelson Vick (OSU) def. Tom Knights (LSU) 7-6, 4-6, 10-4
1. #27 Neal Skupski/Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) def. #19 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU) 9-8 (7-3)
2. #6 Blaz Rola/Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Julien Gauthier/Tom Knights (LSU) 8-2
3. #25 Devin McCarthy/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Roger Anderson/Oliver Borsos (LSU) 8-2
LSU 3-3; National ranking #33
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,2,4,5,6)
Official: Vince Solomon T-3:15 A-244