MTEN: No. 1 Ohio State Downs No. 41 Tulsa, 4-3
April 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team continued its home dominance with a 4-3 win over the No. 41 Tulsa Golden Hurricane this evening at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes (24-3, 8-0 B1G) won their 187th-consecutive match, improving the NCAA intercollegiate home win streak record they clinched last month. Ohio State took the doubles point and three singles matches to defeat Tulsa (10-12).
Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.), ranked No. 97 in the nation, clinched the match for the Buckeyes, improving his season record to 26-6. With his fifth-consecutive win, Callahan brings his dual match record to 22-3 for the season.
Redshirt junior Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio) and freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) struck first for Ohio State with an 8-4 victory on court No. 3 over Carlos Bautista and Daniel Santos. On court No. 1, senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach (Halle, Germany) fell to No. 24 Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCloskey 8-6. The doubles point came down to court No. 2, where Callahan and redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz (Columbus, Ohio) upset No. 59 Alejandro Espejo and Japie De Klerk, 8-5.
With the Buckeyes leading 1-0 heading into singles play, the Golden Hurricane fought back by taking three first sets. Steinbach shut out Or Ram-Harel 6-3, 6-0 on court No. 5 to build the Ohio State lead to 2-0. No. 9 Kobelt brought the Buckeyes within one point with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 67 De Klerk on court No. 1. No. 74 Pollanen dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to No. 87 Marsland on court No. 2 to give Tulsa their first point. No. 109 Callahan clinched the win for Ohio State, winning 6-4, 6-2 over Bautista on court No. 6. Play finished out with Diaz falling to Espejo 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) on court No. 3 and No. 124 Metka losing 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to McCloskey on court No. 4.
Ohio State hits the road for their next match against the No. 36 Purdue Boilermakers April 13 at 12:00 p.m. The Buckeyes can claim the regular-season B1G title outright with a win in Lafayette. Ohio State leads their all-time series 72-18, including two shutout wins last season. The Buckeyes will then return home for Senior Weekend, hosting Iowa April 18 and No. 62 Nebraska. As always, admission is free.
Tennis Match Results
#1 Ohio State 4, #41 Tulsa 3