No. 3 Ohio State outlasts Kentucky
Buchanan's victory propels Buckeyes to win
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 3 Ohio State (20-2, 4-0 Big Ten) picked up its 20th win of the season by defeating No. 12 Kentucky (20-7, 5-3 SEC), 4-3, in one of its closest matches of the year. The Buckeyes move to 11-12 vs. the Wildcats following the five-hour affair Wednesday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Junior Chase Buchanan clinched the match for the Buckeyes at No. 2 singles when he downed No. 51 Alex Musialek 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The 2010 Big Ten Athlete of the Year trailed in all three sets, but was able to push through for the win. Buchanan moves to 8-1 at No. 2, 17-2 in dual singles play and 12-5 vs. ranked competition.
Head coach Ty Tucker now has earned at least 20 wins in 12 consecutive seasons, which is an Ohio State record. Tucker is 8-0 against the Wildcats.
Doubles action began slowly for the visiting Buckeyes. Kentucky's Eric Quigley and Brad Cox, the nation's 64th ranked duo, quickly downed Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt, the 13th-best team in the country, 8-4, to give the Wildcats the advantage.
After trailing, 3-2, Buckeyes Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa took the next six points from Alberto Gonzalez and Tom Jomby, the 51st ranked tandem in the nation, to win by a score of 8-3 to even up the doubles count at one win apiece. Buchanan and Uzawa improve to 4-1 when paired together on the year.
However, the Buckeyes dropped the doubles point as Blaz Rola and Balazs Novak let a 7-5 lead slip away before falling to Anthony Rossi and Musialek in a super-competitive bout, 9-8 (5). It was the Ohio State duo's first loss since being teamed up for the last six contests.
Uzawa, a senior co-captain, ended Kentucky's momentum by capturing the first singles point of the afternoon for the Buckeyes at No. 6 as he defeated Jomby 6-4, 6-1. It was only the third time this season Uzawa has competed in the singles portion of the competition . The native of Chiba, Japan, has come away with victories in two of the matches.
Allare gave Ohio State a 2-1 advantage, winning in straight sets. Although both sets went into tie-breakers, Allare was able to edge Cox 7-6(3), 7-6(10-8) for his 24th singles win on the year and 12th in a row, all at the No. 4 position.
Novak would put the Scarlet and Gray up by two after coming back to win the last two sets of his match vs. Rossi 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. With the win, Novak moves to 10-0 at the No. 4 position and 17-2 during dual singles.
The Buckeyes would drop the next two points as the Wildcats evened the score at 3-all. Rola lost a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 decision to No. 7 Quigley at No. 1 in a rare loss for the third-ranked player in the country. Redshirt-sophomore Devin McCarthy also was dealt a rare singles loss, losing to Gonzalez 7-6, 6-3.