Buchanan, Rola Advance to Quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship
May 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The Buckeye duo, which is ranked No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, continued its NCAA doubles run with a 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-1 victory over Illinois’ Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich. The win served as the 33rd victory for the tandem on the season. Buchanan and Rola will play seventh-ranked Panav Jha and Eric Quigley (Kentucky) at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Dropping the first set 7-6, Buchanan and Rola evened the match at 1-set all following a 6-2 win of their own in the second set. The third set also would be lopsided in favor of the nation’s top ranked duo as Buchanan and Rola pulled away with a 6-1 victory.
In singles action, Rola, ranked ninth, defeated Nevolo earlier in the afternoon in straight-set fashion 6-4, 6-3. The sophomore from Ptuj, Slovenia, now has earned a team high 35 singles victories. Rola will face Virginia’s Mitchell Frank, the No. 2 seed, Saturday in the quarterfinals of the singles bracket.
In his final singles match as a Buckeye, Buchanan, a senior from New Albany, Ohio, fell to Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in three sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the Round of 16. The two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year concludes his senior campaign with a final overall singles record of 32-6, having amassed 108 singles wins in his four-year career donning the Scarlet and Gray.
2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championship
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