COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team (26-2, 9-0) defeated No. 24 Indiana (21-6, 8-1), 5-2, Friday in a battle of the Big Ten’s Top 2 teams in front of 253 fans looking similar to Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker for “Dress Like Coach Tucker Day” at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. Both teams entered the match undefeated in the conference and were looking to take sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Freshman Blaz Rola clinched the victory for the third-consecutive time. The Ptuj, Slovenia, native downed Indiana’s Santiago Gruter 6-1, 6-4 for his team-high 32nd win. Rola is now 19-5 in dual singles and 12-1 at the No. 2 spot.
In doubles, Chase Buchanan and senior co-captain Shuhei Uzawa gave the Buckeyes early momentum by beating Josh MacTaggart and Stephen Vogl, 8-2, on court two. The duo moves to 9-2 on the season when paired together. Overall in doubles, Buchanan is 24-8 while Uzawa is 18-4.
Balazs Novak and Rola claimed the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray by downing the Hoosiers’ Isade Juneau and Will Kendall, 8-5, on court three. The win was the fifth in a row for the Buckeye pair, who are now 10-1 overall at 8-0 at the No. 3 position.
In the final doubles contest, Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt, the nation’s 13th ranked team, lost a hard fought match to Gruter and Jeremy Langer at No. 1. The match was on-serve the entire time leading to a tiebreaker which the Buckeyes lost 6-4 for a 9-8 setback.
Allare won his 18th-consecutive match, giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage by beating Juneau 6-1, 6-0 on court four. The senior co-captain picked up his 30th singles win on the year and moved to 21-1 in dual action, including marks of 8-0 in the Big Ten and 15-0 at No. 4.
Buchanan improved to 28-5 overall and 14-1 at the No. 1 spot by defeating Langer in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. The victory was the 11th in a row for the New Albany, Ohio, native.
Competing in his first-career conference singles match, Kobelt won against Dimitrije Tasic 6-2, 7-6 at No. 6. The redshirt-freshman moved to 3-0 in dual singles and 13-3 overall.
Ohio State dropped its first point of the match when Indiana’s Vogl defeated redshirt-sophomore Devin McCarthy 7-5, 5-7, 10-3 on court five. McCarthy fell to 26-5 overall while suffering his first conference loss.
Novak and MacTaggart finished the match in an extremely long and hard fought bout. MacTaggart edged Novak 7-6, 2-6, 10-4 to give the Hoosiers their second win of the evening.
Ohio State will conclude its regular season slate when they host No. 63 Purdue at noon Sunday. Log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for updated information on where the Buckeyes and Boilermakers will be playing Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
#4 Ohio State 5, #24 Indiana 2
April 22, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
1. #12 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Jeremy Langer (IU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #6 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Santiago Gruter (IU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Josh MacTaggart (IU) def. #89 Balazs Novak (OSU) 7-6, 2-6, 10-4
4. #45 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Isade Juneau (IU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Stephen Vogl (IU) def. #66 Devin McCarthy (OSU) 7-5, 5-7, 10-3
6. #70 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. Dimitrije Tasic (IU) 6-2, 7-6
1. Santiago Gruter/Jeremy Langer (IU) def. #13 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU) 9-8
2. Chase Buchanan/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Josh MacTaggart/Stephen Vogl (IU) 8-2
3. Balazs Novak/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Isade Juneau/Will Kendall (IU) 8-5
Indiana 21-6; 8-1 Big Ten; National ranking #24
Ohio State 26-2; 9-0 Big Ten; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,1,2,6,5,3)
Official: Vince Solomon T-3:54 A-253