Feb. 10, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team dropped to 8-1 on the spring season after losing 4-3 to No. 15 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, Sunday. The Aggies handed the Buckeyes their first loss of the spring in what was their first road match as well. The match came down to the final singles match on court three between Devin McCarthy and Harry Adams. McCarthy dropped the first set 6-3 before winning 6-4 in the second set. In the third and deciding set, McCarthy dropped a 7-5 decision.

Buckeyes Drop Doubles Point
Ohio State lost its first doubles point of the season after two Buckeye doubles tandems lost. Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith lost 8-5 to Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow on court one, while on court two McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen were edged out 8-7 (7-5) by the No. 6 team of Adams and Shane Vinsant. The only victorious duo for Ohio State was Blaz Rola and Hunter Callahan, who defeated Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo 8-6.

Singles Split
Rola was the first to claim victory for Ohio State and tied the match at 1-1 with his defeat of Ore 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Then two of the Buckeyes’ three ranked players were upset when Vinsant defeated No. 30 Chris Diaz 6-1, 6-4 and Withrow beat No. 30 Connor Smith 6-3, 6-4 on courts four and five, respectively. With Ohio State down 3-1, Callahan came through with an upset of his own, earning a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 87 Szabo , moving Ohio State to within one point. Kobelt, ranked No. 1 in the nation, tied the match for the Buckeyes after he defeated Efferding, 6-4, 7-6(1).

Up Next
The Buckeyes will pack their bags for Seattle, Wash., where they will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 15.

#15 Texas A&M 4, #4 Ohio State 3

No. 1 – Blaz Rola, OSU def. Junior Ore, A&M 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – #1 Peter Kobelt, OSU def. #103 Jeremy Efferding, A&M 6-4, 7-6 (1)
*No. 3 – Harry Adams, A&M def. Devin McCarthy, OSU 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
No. 4 – Shane Vinsant, A&M def. #30 Chris Diaz, OSU 6-1,6-4
No. 5 – Jackson Withrow, A&M def. #13 Connor Smith, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 – Hunter Callahan, OSU def. #87 Jordan Szabo, A&M 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 – Ore/Withrow, A&M def. Kobelt/Smith, OSU 8-5
No. 2 – No. 6 Adams/Vinsant, A&M def. McCarthy/Van Engelen, OSU 8-7 (7-5)
No. 3 – Rola/Callahan, OSU def. Efferding/Szabo, A&M 8-6

Order of finish: Doubles 1, 3, 2 Singles 1, 4, 5, 6, 2, 3
*Clinched the match
Texas A&M (7-0), Ohio State (8-1)