March 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State men’s tennis team remains perfect in the Big Ten after defeating Iowa, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City.
The Buckeyes improve to 20-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while the Hawkeyes drop to 7-9 overall and 0-4 in the league.
En route to their 14th shutout of the season, the Scarlet and Gray won the doubles point for the 21st time in 2013. The Buckeye pair of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka, ranked 57th in the ITA standings, gave Ohio State the early advantage when they beat Chase Tomlins and Garret Dunn, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles. Rola and Metka remain perfect on the season with a 13-0 record, all coming at the No. 3 spot. Clinching the opening point for Ohio State was No. 13 Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith, who defeated Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estenssoro on court No. 1, 8-3. The Buckeye tandem improve to 14-2 overall, including an 11-1 record at No. 1 doubles. Finishing out doubles play, Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, 27th in the nation, completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory over Michael Swank and Joey White at the second position. McCarthy and Van Engelen now have won a team-best 17 matches vs. one loss.
With a 1-0 lead entering singles play, the Buckeyes soon jumped out to a 2-0 advantage when McCarthy handed Estensorro a 6-1, 6-2 loss at the No. 3 position. McCarthy now has won 10 consecutive matches, which includes a 12-2 ledger on court No. 3. Propelling the Scarlet and Gray to a 3-0 lead, Smith edged Matt Hagan in a first-set tiebreaker to win, 7-6, before winning the second set, 6-4 at four singles. Smith is 25-6 overall, good for second place on the team, behind Kobelt’s 27 overall wins. Earning the starting nod at No. 6 singles, Hunter Callahan was a 6-4, 6-2 victor vs. Andres Estenssoro. A winner of four consecutive matches, Callahan improves to 7-2 at the sixth position.
Playing out the remaining singles matches, Rola, ranked 13 in the nation, won 6-3, 6-4 at the top position over Dierckx. Rola continues his strong spring season with a 16-0 overall record. All of Rola’s wins have come at No. 1 (12-0) and No. 2 singles (4-0). Chris Diaz maintained Ohio State’s momentum with his 7-5, 6-3 win vs. Dominic Patrick at No. 5 singles. His fourth consecutive win, Diaz improves to 22-4 overall, including a 10-1 record at No. 5. Kobelt, ranked fourth, concluded the afternoon with a win after rallying from a set down. Dropping the opening set, 6-4, Kobelt rebounded with a pair of set victories, 6-2, 6-4. Kobelt now is 27-5 on the season.
Ohio State returns to action Wednesday for a match vs. Kentucky in Lexington. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs. Iowa
March 31, 2013 at Iowa City, Iowa
(Tennis and Recreation Complex)
#7 Ohio State 7, Iowa 0
1. #13 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) 6-3, 6-4
2. #4 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. Garret Dunn (IOWA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #83 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Juan Estensorro (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2
4. #43 Connor Smith (OSU) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 7-6, 6-4
5. #59 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) 7-5, 6-3
6. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) 6-4, 6-2
1. #13 Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) def. Juan Estensorro/Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) 8-3
2. #27 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Michael Swank/Joey White (IOWA) 9-8
3. #57 Kevin Metka/Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Garret Dunn/Chase Tomlins (IOWA) 8-6
Ohio State 20-2; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (3, 4, 6, 1, 5, 2)