No. 4 Ohio State Opens Season with 7-0 Win vs. Butler
Jan. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team opened the 2013 spring season with a 7-0 win vs. Butler Wednesday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes won each of their singles matches in straight sets after Ohio State’s Nos. 1 and 2 doubles tandems won the opening point.
Peter Kobelt, the No. 1 ranked singles player in the nation, clinched the match for Ohio State following his 6-3, 6-2 victory vs. Austin Woldmoe. The Buckeye from New Albany, Ohio, improves to 15-3 overall after compiling a 14-3 record during the fall.
In doubles action, the Ohio State pair of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen was first off the courts when they beat Woldmoe and Billy Weldon, 8-2. Kobelt and teammate Connor Smith, who is ranked 13th in the singles standings, followed with an 8-4 victory vs. Brandon Woods and Sam O’Neill. Although the Scarlet and Gray clinched the doubles point, Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan continued with their match vs. Tommy Marx and Pulok Bhattacharya and won, 8-3.
Moving on to singles play, Van Engelen shut out Bhattacharya, 6-0, 6-0, to lift the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead. Playing at No. 4 singles, Smith gave up only three games to Woods, winning 6-1, 6-2. Following Kobelt’s team match-clinching victory, Callahan secured a 6-0, 6-4 win vs. O’Neill on court No. 5. Seeing his first action as a Buckeye, freshman Constantin Christ played No. 6 singles and was successful in his debut after beating Weldon, 6-3, 6-2. Finally, after being forced into a first-set tiebreaker, McCarthy was triumphant vs. Marx, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
The Buckeyes will continue action Wednesday at 6 p.m. vs. Xavier at the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State will hit the courts again for another doubleheader Jan. 24 vs. Youngstown State and Cleveland State. Ohio State will play YSU at 2 p.m. before hosting the Vikings at 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 Ohio State 7 vs. Butler 0
Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3)
Singles (Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 5, 6, 3)