Buchanan, Rola Continue NCAA Championship Run
May 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men's tennis team, advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championship Round of 16 Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The Buckeye duo, which is ranked No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, opened its NCAA doubles run with a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 victory over North Carolina's Joey Burkhardt and Jose Hernandez. The win served as the 32nd victory for the tandem on the season. Buchanan and Rola will play Roy Kalmanovich and Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) in the Round of 16 Friday.
In singles action, Buchanan, ranked 10th, hit the courts early for his match vs. Kevin King of Georgia Tech in the Round of 32. Winning the first set 6-2, the Buckeye from New Albany, Ohio, rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take the second set 6-4 and the match. Buchanan has now garnered 31 singles victories in 2011-12 for a career total of 107 wins. Up next for Buchanan is Bradley Klahn of Stanford, who upset No. 4 seed Jamere Jenkins (Virginia) in the first round.
After winning a first-set tiebreaker (7-6), Rola, the No. 9 player in the country, won the second set (6-3) and match vs. Emilio Gomez of USC. With the victory, the Buckeye from Slovenia has a team-leading 34 singles wins on the season. Rola will play Big Ten opponent Nevolo Friday.
2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championship
Wednesday, May 24
Round of 32
Dan Magill Tennis Complex
2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championship
First Round: No. 1 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Joey Burkhardt/Jose Hernandez (UNC), 7-6, 7-6