No. 2 Ohio State holds off Notre Dame
Van Engelen secures match point to clinch win for Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 2 Ohio State won its third-consecutive match after battling Notre Dame to a 5-2 win Saturday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The victory was the Buckeyes’ seventh-consecutive against the Fighting Irish.
Ille Van Engelen captured the fourth singles point for Ohio State to clinch the victory against the Irish with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles against Niall Fitzgerald. Van Engelen improved to 15-4 overall and 11-2 in the spring with the win.
Ohio State (15-1) improved to 28-26 all-time vs. Notre Dame (11-6). Under head coach Ty Tucker, the team is 9-4 vs. the Irish. The Buckeyes are now 9-1 this season vs. teams ranked in the ITA Top 30.
For the first time this season the Buckeyes did not win the doubles point. Notre Dame’s Casey Watt and Fitzgerald defeated Devin McCarthy and Van Engelen on court two, the nation’s 28th-ranked duo nationally, 8-5 to give the home team a slight advantage.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, the top-ranked tandem in the country, evened the doubles wins with an 8-3 victory on court one against Greg Andrews and Spencer Talmadge. The win improved the Buckeye pair’s record to 19-2 this season.
Connor Smith suffered his first loss of the spring after he and Peter Kobelt fell to Sam Keeton and Billy Pecor 8-6 at the No. 3 position to secure the doubles point for the Irish.