COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fourth-ranked Ohio State opened the 2013 spring season with a 7-0 win against Butler on Wednesday at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes won each of their singles matches in consecutive sets after Ohio State’s Nos. 1 and 2 doubles tandems won the opening point.
Peter Kobelt, the No. 1-ranked singles player in the nation, clinched the match for Ohio State following his 6-3, 6-2 victory against Austin Woldmoe. He improved to 15-3 overall after compiling a 14-3 record during the fall.
In doubles action, the Ohio State pair of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen was first off the courts when they beat Woldmoe and Billy Weldon 8-2. Kobelt and teammate Connor Smith, who is ranked 13th in the singles standings, followed with an 8-4 victory against Brandon Woods and Sam O’Neill.
Although the Scarlet and Gray clinched the doubles point, Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan continued with their match against Tommy Marx and Pulok Bhattacharya and won 8-3.
Moving on to singles play, Van Engelen shut out Bhattacharya 6-0, 6-0 to lift the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead. Playing at No. 4 singles, Smith gave up only three games to Woods, winning 6-1, 6-2.
Following Kobelt’s match-clinching victory, Callahan secured a 6-0, 6-4 win against O’Neill. Seeing his first action as a Buckeye, freshman Constantin Christ played No. 6 singles and was successful in his debut after beating Weldon 6-3, 6-2. Finally, after being forced into a first-set tiebreaker, McCarthy was triumphant against Marx, 7-6 (6), 6-2.