Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 4 Ohio State continued its winning ways at home, defeating No. 18 Mississippi 6-1 Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center to move to 6-0 on the year. The Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 116-consecutive matches, which began in 2002-03. With the win, Ohio State improves to 3-2 vs. the Rebels (2-2, 0-0) all-time.
In an ultra-competitive doubles session, Ohio State duo Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt, the 19th-ranked team in the nation, pulled off an upset by defeating the No. 2 nationally-ranked tandem of Chris and Marcel Thiemann, 8-6. Trading points the entire match and feeding off fan support, Allare and Kobelt improved to 9-1 overall in doubles play this season.
Finishing second and earning the doubles point for the Buckeyes were junior Chase Buchanan and freshman Blaz Rola, the sixth-ranked duo in the nation. The Ohio State pair downed the Rebel team of Tucker Vorster and Jonas Lutjen, 8-6. Ohio State also won the third match as Balazs Novak and Devin McCarthy were victorious over Adrian Forberg and Johan Backstrom, 8-5, moving to 5-0 as dual doubles partners this year.
In singles action, Allare was the first Buckeye to finish, beating Chris Thiemann 6-2, 6-4. He is now 92-15 in dual singles matches for his career. McCarthy, the No. 46th-ranked player nationally, quickly finished off Mississippi’s Forberg in straight-sets, 6-1, 6-0, giving the Scarlet and Gray a solid 3-0 lead in the match.
Rola, a Ptuj, Slovenia, native, picked up the match-clinching point for Ohio State by downing Vorster, 6-1, 7-5. Rola rallied in the second set to pick up the point. Rola’s doubles partner, Buchanan also won a hard-fought match, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to defeat No. 32 Marcel Thiemann, 7-6, 6-3, to improve to 6-0 in dual singles play for the year.
Novak also won courtesy of a third-set super-tiebreaker, handing Johan Backstrom a 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 setback. Freshman Ille Van Engelen was handed his first defeat on the year losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Lutjen.