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