Buchanan, Rola Advance to Semifinals of NCAA Doubles Championship
May 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship Saturday 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 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kentucky‘s Panav Jha and Eric Quigley. The win served as the 34th victory for the tandem on the season. Buchanan and Rola will play the winner between Stanford’s fourth-ranked pair of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher and Oklahoma’s Costin Paval and Dane Webb with a bid to the championship on the line Sunday.
In singles action, Rola, ranked ninth, upset No. 2 seed Mitchell Frank of Virginia in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-1. The sophomore from Ptuj, Slovenia, has now earned a team high 36 singles victories. After a tough first set, Rola cruised to a quick win in the second set allowing just one point to Frank. Rola will face Kentucky‘s Quigley, the No. 3 seed in singles, Sunday in the semifinals of the singles bracket.
2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championship
First Round: No. 9-16 Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU), 6-0, 6-0
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