No. 4 Buckeyes remain unbeaten
Victory against No. 14 UNC keeps many streaks alive
Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team captured a 6-1 victory against No. 19 North Carolina on Tuesday in Chapel Hill and improved its record to an unblemished 9-0. The win marks the Buckeyes’ 48th consecutive regular-season road triumph. Additionally, Ohio State (9-0, 0-0) earned its fourth consecutive win against a ranked opponent. The Buckeyes improved to 6-0-1 all-time against the Tar Heels (3-3, 0-0).
Head coach Ty Tucker improved to 22-4 vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in his first match after picking up his 300th career victory (all at Ohio State). The Buckeyes move to 34-30-1 all-time against teams from the ACC.
In doubles action, Buckeyes Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt, the 10th-ranked duo nationally, downed Brennan Boyajian and Jose Hernandez, 8-5, to move to 11-2 on the season. Boyajian and Hernandez entered the match as the No. 20 team in the country.
The sixth-ranked tandem nationally, freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan moved to 12-3 on the season after claiming the doubles point for Ohio State with an 8-4 win over UNC’s Stefan Hardy and Zach Hunter, who were ranked No. 44.
North Carolina’s Cameron Ahari and William Parker concluded doubles play handing Devin McCarthy and Balazs Novak an 8-6 setback.
For the first time this year, Ohio State was tied with an opponent, as freshman Ille Van Engelen lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
However, the tie was short-lived as the Buckeyes went on to win the rest of the singles matches and clinch a victory against UNC for the fourth-consecutive season. Allare, a senior co-captain and the 45th-ranked player nationally, won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 over Ahari at the No. 4 position to give Ohio State the lead and his 14th win of the season.
Novak, a native of Budapest, Hungary, earned the Buckeyes their second singles point with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Kyle Baker at No. 5. It was Novak’s ninth consecutive singles win and he improved to 13-2 on the season.
Rola, the fifth-ranked player in the country, picked up the deciding victory in straight-set fashion 6-2, 7-5, against No. 101 Boyajian. Rola improved to 21-2 on the season and has won eight-consecutive singles matches.
In the last of singles competition, Buchanan, who is No. 21 in the nation, dealt No. 30 Jose Hernandez a 7-5, 6-0 loss for his ninth victory in a row at No. 1. No. 55 McCarthy moved to 12-2 on the season with a comeback 7-6, 6-3, 10-6.