No. 2 Buckeyes Defeat Spartans, 5-2
Redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach improved to 16-3 in 2014
March 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team extended its Big Ten regular-season match win streak to 86-consectuvie matches Sunday afternoon, defeating Michigan State, 5-2, in East Lansing, Mich. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-2 overall and 4-0 in Big Ten play.
Ohio State will now return to Columbus for a big weekend of tennis next week against two Top 25 teams. The squad is one win shy of claiming the NCAA all-time home win streak record of 185-consecutive matches. The Scarlet and Gray host No. 25 Northwestern at 6 p.m. March 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center with a chance to make history. The Buckeyes will then host No. 9 Illinois at Noon Sunday. As always, admission is free.
In doubles, Ralf Steinbach and Hunter Callahan won their second match of the season together, downing Harry Jadun and Gijs Linder, 8-3, on court No. 2. The Spartans then took a doubles match on court No. 3 as Aaron Pfister and Brett Forman won, 8-4, against freshman Herkko Pollanen and Chris Diaz, 8-4. The Buckeye duo falls to 3-2 overall in 2014. The doubles point came down to court No. 1 with senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka battling MSU pair Drew Lied and John Patrick to 15 games. The fourth-ranked Buckeye duo came out on top, winning, 8-7, to win the Buckeyes the doubles point and improve to 12-3 in dual play. Overall, Ohio State is now 52-23 in doubles this season.
In singles, ninth-ranked Kobelt was the first to finish on court No. 1, claiming a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Lied. Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, improves to 13-1 at No.1 singles and now won eight-consecutive matches. No. 88 Callahan followed with his team-best 21st win of the year, defeating Linders, 6-3, 6-1 on court No. 5. He improves to 2-0 at No. 5 singles.
The Spartans tallied back-to-back wins on singles Nos. 3 and 2, respectively. Michigan State earned its first point of the afternoon on court No. 3. No. 120 Pollanen fell to John Patrick Mullane, 6-4, 6-2. Diaz then lost in straight sets to Pfister 7-6, 6-4, after dropping a first set tiebreaker.
Steinbach, native of Halle, Germany, clinched match point with a 7-6, 7-5 over Will Davis on court No. 6. The second-year Buckeye improves to 16-3 overall. Metka was the last to finish on court No. 4 and he won back-to-back set tiebreakers to win 7-6, 7-6 against Forman.
1. #9 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Aaron Pfister (MSU) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. #120 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Brett Forman (MSU) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7)
5. #88 Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Gijs Linders (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Will Davis (MSU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
1. #4 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Drew Lied/John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Ralf Steinbach/Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Harry Jadun/Gijs Linders (MSU) 8-3
3. Aaron Pfister/Brett Forman (MSU) def. Herkko Pollanen/Chris Diaz (OSU) 8-4Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5,3,2,6,4)
Ohio State 19-2; National ranking #2
Michigan State 6-10
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