No. 2 Ohio St. sweeps No. 7 Kentucky
McCarthy wins at No. 4 singles to earn match-clinching point
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Second-ranked Ohio State picked up its 13th victory of the season (13-1) after defeating No. 7 Kentucky (10-3) 4-0 Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes have now been responsible for two of the Wildcats’ three losses after a hard fought 4-3 triumph during the quarterfinals of the 2012 ITA Men’s National Team Indoors Championship Feb. 18 in Charlottesville, Va.
Devin McCarthy earned the match-winning fourth point on court four with a 6-2, 6-4 win against No. 57 Alejandro Gomez. McCarthy moves to 13-5 overall on the year while earning a victory in only his second match at No. 4 singles this season.
Ohio State moves to 13-11 all-time vs. the Wildcats. Including both wins this season, the Buckeyes have been victorious in 10 consecutive matches vs. Kentucky dating back to the 2000-01 season.
In doubles, Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith remained undefeated in the spring after an 8-6 victory on court three against Tom Jomby and Anthony Rossi. Smith and Kobelt are 11-0 in the spring when teamed up in doubles, including a 7-0 mark on court three.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the top-ranked pair in the nation, won 8-5 on court one against Eric Quigley and Panav Jha. The Buckeye tandem moved to 17-2, including marks of 8-2 in the spring and 7-1 vs. nationally-ranked opponents. It was the second time in the last week Rola and Buchanan defeated Quigley and Jha. The Ohio State duo downed the Wildcat pair 8-5 Feb. 18 to win the first doubles match of the National Indoors quarterfinals.
Smith gave Ohio State a 2-0 lead after a 6-4, 6-0 victory on court six against Grant Roberts. Smith moved to 11-0 in dual singles action with the straight-set victory.
Rola, the nation’s 12th-ranked player, extended the Scarlet and Gray’s lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Alex Musialek, the 20th-ranked singles player in the country. The win avenged a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Musialek during the National Indoors quarterfinals. The Big Ten Athlete of the Week now stands at 17-3 overall, including an 8-1 mark at the No. 2 position. He moves to 8-2 against nationally-ranked opponents.
Moments later, McCarthy followed Rola’s victory with his ninth dual win of the season on court four for the win.