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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a highly anticipated matchup, fourth-ranked Ohio State came away with a 5-2 victory against No. 6 Georgia on Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. In front of a season high crowd of 505, the Buckeyes extended their home win streak to 156 consecutive matches. In their first match of the season against a top-25 program, the Scarlet and Gray improved to 8-0 overall in 2013.

Ohio State earned the first point of the match by winning in doubles action. The duo of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka defeated Eric Diaz and Garrett Brasseaux 8-3, while the tandem of Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith upset the fifth-ranked team of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wangland 8-3.

The Buckeyes defeated two of the three Bulldogs ranked in the top 20 of the ITA singles poll. No. 13 Smith clinched the match for Ohio State with his victory against No. 16 Pieters 6-4, 6-1. Devin McCarthy was the first Buckeye to claim a singles victory with his defeat of Wangland 6-3, 6-3, while No. 30 Chris Diaz followed suit with his victory against Austin Smith 6-1, 6-4.

Rounding out singles play, Rola upset No. 19 Nathan Pasha 6-3, 7-5, Kobelt, ranked No. 1, was dealt his first loss of the spring season by No. 8 KU Singh 7-5, 7-6 (10-8). In the final singles match of the day, Hunter Callahan went to a super tie-breaker before falling to Nick Wood 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-3).

The victory against Georgia improved Ohio State’s record versus top 25 competition since 2000 to 104-47 (.688). The Buckeyes also boast a 6-3 record against opponents that are ranked sixth in the country.