Oct. 7, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, will continue play Friday at the 2011 D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Buchanan advanced in the singles bracket, as well as the doubles draw with Rola.
Buchanan had the best showing for Ohio State, going a perfect 3-0 on the day as he won both his singles matches and his lone doubles match with Rola. Buchanan, the two-time defending Big Ten Athlete of the Year, defeated Cal’s Ben McLachian 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 in the first round. Buchanan then won easily in the second round in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 against Damian Hume of Boise State. The Buckeye senior will attempt to move on in the quarterfinals Friday vs. Mitchell Frank of Virginia.
Buchanan also was victorious in doubles action. Pairing with Rola, the Buckeye duo defeated Tuomas Manner and Alexander Pelaez of Illinois State, 8-2. The tandem will face Nebraska’s Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim Friday with a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the first round of singles competition, Rola , the top-seed in the tournament, beat Andre Dome of Cal Poly 7-6 (2-0), 5-7, 6-1 before falling to Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia 6-3, 6-1.
Three other Buckeyes lost in the first round of the singles portion of the tournament. Peter Kobelt fell to Lindheim 7-5, 6-2. Nelson Vick was defeated 6-2, 6-3 by Aumueller, while Devin McCarthy fell victim to Vanderbilt’s Charlie Jones 7-5, 6-4.
However, Vick and McCarthy rebounded with wins in their respective consolation matches. Vick was up 6-1, 1-0 when Florida’s Nassim Slilam retired. The redshirt-sophomore will face Malte Stropp of Mississippi State Friday. McCarthy defeated Tulane’s Idan Mark 6-2, 6-3 to advance. He will attempt to move on to the final eight in the consolation bracket when he meets Michigan’s Evan King Friday.
McCarthy also competed in doubles action with Ille Van Engelen. The Ohio State tandem came up short in their bid to advance with an 8-4 defeat to Kevin Kung and Juan Spir of Georgia Tech, the top-ranked pair in the tournament.
Kobelt teamed with new Buckeye Connor Smith to face Yale’s Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, but lost 8-2.
The full list of singles and doubles main draw match-ups can be viewed here: http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/093011aac.html