Ohio State wins 12th doubles point of season, sweeps Notre Dame 7-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fourth-ranked Ohio State beat No. 25 Notre Dame 7-0 on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 11-2, while Notre Dame dropped to 6-5.
Devin McCarthy clinched the win for the Scarlet and Gray at No. 3 singles. Playing Blas Moros, McCarthy relinquished only four points en route to a 6-2, 6-2 win. McCarthy, a senior, improved to 6-2 at the No. 3 position.
No. 30 Connor Smith lifted Ohio State to a 2-0 lead after beating Wyatt McCoy, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 5 singles. Smith earned his 10th dual victory of the season to bring his win total to 18 (four losses). Playing at the top position, junior Blaz Rola, No. 62, improved his win streak to eight and remains undefeated on the season at 8-0. Rola handed Greg Andrews, ranked 71st, a 6-4, 6-1 loss and propelled the Scarlet and Gray to a 3-0 lead before McCarthy’s victory.
For the 12th time this season, Ohio State won the doubles point. Paced by wins on courts Nos. 2 and 3, the Buckeyes entered the singles competition with a 1-0 lead. The pair of McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen won their third-consecutive match and gave the Scarlet and Gray an early advantage when they beat No. 55 Billy Pecor and Alex Lawson 8-3.
Soon after, Rola and Kevin Metka finished at No. 3 doubles with an 8-4 victory versus Matt Dooley and Quentin Monaghan. Rola and Metka have now won six consecutive matches, all on court No. 3. Buckeyes Peter Kobelt and Smith, ranked 55th in the nation, completed their match at the No. 1 position with an 8-3 win versus Andrews and Spencer Talmadge.
A trio of Buckeyes finished out their matches with a victory. Redshirt freshman Chris Diaz was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against Billy Pecor at No. 4 singles, while Hunter Callahan rallied from a deficit to beat Michael Moore 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. Finally, Kobelt concluded the day with a 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (14-12) victory versus Monaghan.