Top Seed Ohio State Shuts Out Nebraska to Advance at Big Ten Tournament
April 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top-seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament Friday after netting a 4-0 shutout victory over No. 9 seed Nebraska at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. The No. 3 Buckeyes will meet the winner of No. 4 seed Minnesota and fifth seed Indiana at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday.
Hunter Callahan posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles in the first postseason match of his career to give Ohio State the match-winning fourth point. The redshirt-freshman defeated Nebraska’s Tom Blackwell for his ninth-consecutive dual win to improve to 11-3 overall.
In doubles, Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, ranked 31st nationally, beat Benedikt Lindheim and Robert Schulze 8-4 on court two. The victory was the tandem’s 31st of the season, a team high, for the Buckeye duo.
Garnering the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray was Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, who in addition with teammate Peter Kobelt, were named First Team All-Big Ten Thursday evening. The top-ranked pair in the country easily walked off the court after posting an 8-1 win over No. 72 Andre Stenger and Eric Sock. The triumph was the duo’s 20th dual victory of the year, all of which have been at the top position. Overall for the season, Rola has 36 doubles wins and Buchanan has a team high 37.
Van Engelen extended Ohio State’s lead to 2-0 after handing Stenger a quick 6-4, 6-1 loss at No. 4 singles. The win was Van Engelen’s eighth-consecutive en route to an overall mark of 26-6, including a 15-4 ledger at the fourth position.
At No. 5 singles, McCarthy, ranked 85th, earned his 13th-consecutive and 27th overall victory after downing Stefan Gollner 6-1, 6-4. Callahan would net the team’s fourth point shortly after to clinch the team’s semifinal berth.
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