Buckeyes Advance to Second Round of NCAA Championship
May 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men’s tennis team (32-3, 11-0 B1G) defeated East Tennessee State (14-9) 4-0 in the First Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday at the outdoor Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus.
Devin McCarthy won 6-3, 6-3 on court five vs. Rogerio Ribeiro to seal the shutout for Ohio State. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native improves to 27-6 overall, including a 17-3 mark at the fifth position.
As the fifth-seed, Ohio State is serving as hosts of the First and Second Rounds for the seventh-consecutive season. The Buckeyes will meet Notre Dame at 12 p.m. Sunday in the second round with a berth to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., on the line. The match is scheduled to be played at the outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts, but will be moved to the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center if there is inclement weather.
McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen won the first match of the day, defeating Jeremy Bonnevalle and Juan Ramirez 8-3 on court two. The 32nd-ranked pair in the nation moved to 33-9 on the season with the win.
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with an 8-4 win on court three by Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith over Rogerio Ribeiro and Jesus Bandres. The duo improves to 17-2 at the third position and 26-5 overall.
Rola earned his team high 31st singles win after a 6-3, 6-2 victory vs. Sander Gille on court two. The Ptuj, Slovenia, native is now 14-2 on the season at the No. 2 position.
Kobelt lifted the Buckeyes to within one point of winning the match after a 6-4, 6-2 triumph vs. Ramirez on court three. Kobelt improves to 25-10 overall including a 16-7 mark at the third position.
Ohio State is 5-0 all-time vs. the Bucs and 30-12 overall in the NCAA tournament.
Tennis Match Results
#5 Ohio State 4, #68 ETSU 0