COLUMBUS, Ohio – Third-ranked Ohio State (4-0) defeated Cornell 7-0 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The meeting with Cornell was the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Big Red.
Ille Van Engelen beat Danny Riggs 6-1, 6-0 at the fourth position to earn the match-clinching point for Ohio State. Van Engelen improves to 4-0 on the young season.
In doubles, Devin McCarthy and Van Engelen, the 15th-ranked tandem nationally, defeated Venkat Iyer and Riggs 8-1 on court one to give the Buckeyes the first win of the match. Seconds later, Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith downed Cornell’s Sam Fleck and Jason Luu 8-2 to claim the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray.
Chase Buchanan and Hunter Callahan were leading 7-1 against Quoc-Daniel Nguyen and Alex Sidney at the time the second match ended.
Buchanan was the first Buckeye netter to finish singles, handing Iyer a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 1. The two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year is ranked 28th nationally, while Iyer is 98th. Kobelt gave the Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Nguyen. Van Engelen shortly followed with the winning fourth point.
Smith earned the Buckeyes’ fifth and final point with a 6-3, 7-6 win on court six vs. Luu. McCarthy was leading Sidney 6-3, 4-3 but had to withdraw, allowing Cornell to win its only point by default. The match between Nelson Vick and Fleck went unfinished because of tournament time rules.
The Buckeyes have now won 132 consecutive matches in Columbus, dating back to the 2002-03 season. The team also boasts an impressive 202-13 record since the 2005-06 season.