COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team completed a doubleheader sweep by downing Xavier, 7-0, Wednesday evening at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. With the victory, the Buckeyes (2-0) move to 10-0 all-time when going head-to-head with the Musketeers (0-2). Earlier in the day, Ohio State defeated Butler, 7-0, in the first match of the annual opening-day meeting with the two teams.
In doubles competition, Ohio State junior Devin McCarthy and senior Balazs Novak started the Buckeyes on a fast note, jumping out to a 6-0 lead en route to an 8-1 win against Xavier’s Philip Diaz and Marc Pretorious. Peter Kobelt and Nelson Vick earned the Scarlet and Gray their first point of the match, after defeating the Butler tandem of Jimmy Roebker and Brandon MacDonald.
Concluding doubles play, the No. 6 duo of Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola defeated Bobby Deye and Brian Starr, 8-2.
In singles action, four Buckeyes jumped out to early 3-0 leads in the initial set. Freshman Ille Van Engelen was the first Buckeye to claim victory after defeating Xavier’s Mesa Mei, 6-0, 6-1. In his first day of competition, Van Engelen was a perfect 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles play.
Buchanan, ranked 63rd, handed Deye a straight-set 6-0, 6-1 loss. Novak ended his night with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Patrick Bandy. Rola, the seventh-ranked singles player in the nation, continued his unblemished start after beating Roebker.
Redshirt-freshman Nelson Vick, who won the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Singles Championship in October, extended his current singles winning streak to eight matches by downing Starr, 6-3, 6-2.
Kobelt rounded out singles play with a straight-set 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Next up for the Buckeyes will be the ITA Kickoff Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Ohio State will host UC Irvine, South Carolina and William & Mary at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center as one of 15 host sites across the country. Ohio State faces William & Mary at 10 a.m. and UC Irvine and South Carolina hit the courts at 2 p.m. The consolation match will be Sunday at 10 a.m., with the championship match beginning at 1 p.m.
The Buckeyes will also play host to Toledo Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
Xavier vs. Ohio State
Jan. 26, 2011
The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
No. 4 Ohio State 7, Xavier 0
1. #63 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Bobby Deye (XAVIER) 6-0, 6-1
2. #7 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Jimmy Roebker (XAVIER) 6-1, 6-2
3. #68 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. Brandon MacDonald (XAVIER) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Mesa Mei (XAVIER) 6-0, 6-1
5. #46 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Patrick Bandy (XAVIER) 6-1, 6-1
6. Nelson Vick (OSU) def. Brian Starr (XAVIER) 6-3, 6-2
1. #6 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Bobby Deye/Brian Starr (XAVIER) 8-2
2. #25 Devin McCarthy/Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Philip Diaz/Marc Pretorius (XAVIER) 8-1
3. Peter Kobelt/Nelson Vick (OSU) def. Brandon MacDonald/Jimmy Roebker (XAVIER) 8-1
Ohio State: 2-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,1,6,2,5,3)
Official: Vince Solomon T-2:30 A-130