No. 1 Buckeyes Down Gophers, 5-2
Redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach
April 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Minnesota, 5-2, Friday evening at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. With the conference win, the Buckeyes improve to 22-2 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten play, while the Gophers drop to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in league action.
Redshirt junior Kevin Metka clinched match point for the Scarlet and Gray when he defeated Eric Frueh, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) after earning the second set tiebreaker on court No. 4. No. 109 Metka improves to 11-2 at the No. 4 position this year.
In doubles, Ohio State won back-to-back matches in a span of minutes against the Gophers and earned its 17th doubles victory of the year. Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz worked their way to an 8-5 victory against Mathieu Froment and Ruben Weber on court No. 3. The Buckeye duo improves to 2-0 in dual play. Moments later, court No. 1 was decided on a tiebreaker when senior Peter Kobelt served for the doubles point with redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach and defeated Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh, 8-7 (7-2). The win marked the second victory for the OSU pair this season.
Play was suspended on court No.2 with Metka and freshman Marko Goles-Babic tied with Franz Sydow and Juan Pablo Ramirez, 5-5.
In singles, Ohio State won five of six first sets against Minnesota. Steinbach was the first to finish with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 victory over Lynn when he fired a serve for match point on court No. 5. The native of Halle, Germany, Steinbach extends his win streak to five-consecutive matches. No. 97 Callahan was the next to chalk off a win for the Scarlet and Gray, winning also in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 against Ramirez. Callahan picks up his 50th career win as a Buckeye. After falling in his first set, No. 8 Kobelt battled to force a second set tiebreaker, but was upset by No. 66 Toledo, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), on court No. 1, to make it 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Fresh off his first Top 10 victory last weekend vs. Illinois, freshman Herkko Pollanen continued his momentum vs. the Gophers on court No. 2 after outlasting Weber 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. The first-year Buckeye is now 8-7 overall in 2014. Diaz wrapped up competition vs. Froment and lost in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Ohio State will now travel to Madison, Wis, to face the Badgers at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT) Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
Ohio State vs Minnesota
Apr 4, 2014 at Minneapolis, Minn.
Baseline Tennis Center
#1 Ohio State 5, #51 Minnesota 2
1. #66 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. #8 Peter Kobelt (OSU) 6-1, 7-6
2. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Ruben Weber (MINN) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3. Mathieu Froment (MINN) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
4. #109 Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Eric Frueh (MINN) 6-3, 7-6
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
6. #97 Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) 6-3, 6-1
1. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Leandro Toledo/Eric Frueh (MINN) 8-7 (7-2)
2. Franz Sydow/Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN) vs. Kevin Metka/Marko Goles-Babic (OSU) unfinished
3. Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Mathieu Froment/Ruben Weber (MINN) 8-5
Ohio State 22-2 (7-0 B1G); National ranking #1
Minnesota 9-9 (3-3 B1G); National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,6,1,4,2,3)