No. 5 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Home Action with Win over Purdue

Go Buckeyes! Connor Smith improved to 15-2 in dual play as the Buckeyes improve to 17-2 overall
Go Buckeyes!
Connor Smith improved to 15-2 in dual play as the Buckeyes improve to 17-2 overall
Go Buckeyes!

March 22, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team beat Purdue, 7-0, Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 17-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers drop to 13-4 and 0-1 in the Big Ten.

Freshman Constantin Christ clinched the victory for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 6 singles. Christ needed just two sets to defeat Arthur Dorbradin, 6-1, 6-0. Christ improves to 14-2 on the season and 9-0 in dual play.

The two other victories needed to reach four points came from wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles.
Connor Smith surrendered just two points en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Evan Hawkins on court four. In fifth singles Chris Diaz was a 6-2, 6-1 winner vs. Mateus Silva.

Doubles Dominance
With wins on all three courts, the Buckeyes captured the doubles point for the 18th time this season. The first Buckeye victory came from the 51st-ranked tandem of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka when they finished at No. 3 doubles with an 8-3 victory over Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs. Rola and Metka have now won 11 consecutive matches, all on court three. Next, the No. 16-ranked pair of Peter Kobelt and Smith finished their match on court No. 2 with an 8-3 win of their own vs. Szymon Tatarcyzk and Krisztian Krocsko. Last, but not least, the 28th-ranked duo of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelendefeated Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta 8-3.

Singles Story
After securing the doubles point, the Buckeyes needed just three singles wins to clinch the victory over Purdue. The first of those three victories came from Diaz, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Silva. Smith then won 6-0, 6-2 over Hawkins, while Christ clinched the match on court No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Dorbradin.

The three remaining singles matches were played out after the fourth point was clinched, with each match a Buckeye victory. McCarthy defeated Tatarcyzk 7-5, 6-0. Next, in first singles, Rola, ranked 20th, was victorious in a super-tie-breaker over Kovacs, 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7). Finally, on court No. 3, Van Engelen rallied from a set down to beat Poziomski 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will play their third-consecutive home match as they take on Indiana at noon Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State is riding a 162-home match win streak.

Tennis Match Results
Purdue vs Ohio State
Mar 22, 2013 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)

#5 Ohio State 7, #63 Purdue 0

Singles competition 
1. #20 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Mark Kovacs (PUR) 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
2. #124 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Szymon Tatarcyzk (PUR) 7-5, 6-0
3. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Pawel Poziomski (PUR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. #37 Connor Smith (OSU) def. Evan Hawkins (PUR) 6-0, 6-2
5. #45 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Mateus Silva (PUR) 6-2, 6-1
6. Constantin Christ (OSU) def. Arthur Dorbradin (PUR) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition 
1. #28 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Aaron Dujovne/Diego Acosta (PUR) 8-5
2. #16 Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) def. Szymon Tatarcyzk/Krisztian Krocsko (PUR) 8-3
3. #51 Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Pawel Poziomski/Mark Kovacs (PUR) 8-3

Match Notes:
Purdue 13-4; National ranking #63
Ohio State 17-2; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,6,2,1,3)
Official: Vince Solomon  T-3:00  A-115