STANFORD, Calif. – Fourth-ranked Ohio State downed No. 36 Tulsa 4-0 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship at the Taube Tennis Center.
Qualifying for its sixth consecutive NCAA quarterfinal, Ohio State (33-2) and head coach Ty Tucker improve to 28-11 in the NCAA tournament.
“It was a very good win for us,” Tucker said. “It was a high-level match and Tulsa is a good team. They beat Oklahoma, who made it to the quarterfinals last year and Texas, who seems to make it to the quarterfinals every year.”
Senior Balazs Novak downed Tulsa’s Tristan Jackson on court six 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the win. Novak improves to 28-6 overall, including marks of 24-4 in the spring and 6-1 at the No. 6 position.
In one of the hardest doubles points to come by on the season, the Buckeyes pulled away from Tulsa (21-8) to earn the point heading into singles play.
Freshman Blaz Rola and Novak kept their winning streak alive by defeating Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson, 8-3, on court three for the pair’s 10th-consecutive victory. The Buckeye duo improves to 15-1 in doubles play on the season.
Tulsa’s Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling countered with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles vs. Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt.
Junior Chase Buchanan and senior Shuhei Uzawa sealed the doubles point for the Buckeyes following their 8-5 win vs. Marcelo Arevalo and Japie De Klerk. It was the duo’s fifth-consecutive win as they moved to 13-2 on the season.
“We we’re pretty sure the doubles point was going to shake out at No. 2 and that’s what happened,” Tucker said. “Shuhei came up with some clutch volleys and Chase gave us some big serves.”
Overall, the Buckeyes improve to 78-19 in spring doubles competition.
Buchanan quickly put Ohio State up, 2-0, with his 16th-consecutive win. He beat De Klerk in straight-sets 6-1, 6-1 to improve to 33-5 overall, including marks of 28-2 in spring play and 12-1 at the No. 2 position.
Allare, who has participated in four consecutive NCAA quarterfinals, handed Tulsa’s Ive a 6-3, 7-5 loss to extend his win streak to 24 matches. The senior was down 5-2 in the second set before coming back to win 7-5. Allare is 36-3 overall, 27-1 in the spring and 20 at the No. 4 spot.