MINNEAPOLIS – In a battle of top-25 teams, second-ranked Ohio State (25-2, 8-0) blanked No. 24 Minnesota (15-4, 6-2), 7-0, on Sunday. The victory pushes the Buckeyes’ Big Ten win streak to 74.
Blaz Rola increased his team-high win total to 31 with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win at No. 2 versus Rok Bonin to clinch the win for Ohio State. The freshman now has an 11-1 record at No. 2.
At doubles, Ohio State got off to a quick start winning the first two matches. Senior co-captain Balazs Novak and Rola won at No. 3 against Juan Pablo Ramirez and Tobias Wernet, 8-2. The Buckeye duo moves to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten when paired together, all at the No. 3 position.
Matt Allare, a senior co-captain and redshirt-freshman Peter Kobelt claimed the doubles point for the visiting Buckeyes for the second time during the weekend. The nation’s 12th ranked team won 8-3 at No. 1 vs. Phillip Arndt and Brendan Ruddock to move to 22-7 overall and 13-4 at the No. 1 spot.
At No. 2 doubles, Chase Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa saw their six-match win streak come to an end, falling 8-4 to Bonin and Julian Dehn. The Ohio State tandem dropped to 8-2 on the season.
So far, the Scarlet and Gray are 86-26 in doubles play on the season.
In singles competition, No. 12 Buchanan improved to 27-5 overall and 22-2 in dual singles with a 6-0, 6-3 decision against Wernet on court one. Buchanan, the Big Ten Athlete of the Week, is undefeated at 8-0 in league play and 13-1 when competing at the No. 1 position.
Allare, the nation’s 43rd-ranked player, moved to 14-0 at the No. 4 spot, beating Ruddock 6-1, 6-4 to give the visiting Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage. Allare’s record on the year is now 29-3 overall and 20-1 in dual singles. The win was the 17th in a row for the Mason, Ohio, native.
Rounding out singles action, Ohio State would win the final three contests to preserve its second-consecutive Big Ten shutout.
Devin McCarthy, a Cincinnati native, earned his fourth consecutive win by beating Michael Sicora on court six, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The redshirt-sophomore is now 26-4 overall, including a 21-2 mark in dual play.
Novak defeated Dehn at No. 5 6-2, 6-4 to improve his overall record to 25-5, while Ille Van Engelen came back from a first set loss to down Arndt, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0, for his 15th win.