Ohio State rolls into NCAA Round of 16 with 4-0 victory against Washington
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 5 Ohio State shut out Washington 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis tournament on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Courts. The Buckeyes (33-2) will be making their eighth consecutive appearance in the Round of 16.
In one of their more dramatic doubles wins of the season, the Buckeyes were aided by a break leading 8-7 at No. 1 doubles to capture their 33rd doubles point of the season. The Ohio State tandem of Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith, ranked 12th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, were up 8-7 with Washington duo Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke serving to remain in the match. However, the Buckeye pair took a 40-0 lead en route to lifting the Scarlet and Gray to the doubles point win. Ohio State’s Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen gave the Buckeyes the early advantage at the second position when they beat Viktor Farkas and Max Manthou 8-4.
Playing as a Buckeye for the final time in Columbus, McCarthy completed his singles match in impressive fashion, relinquishing just three games en route to a 6-1, 6-2 victory vs. Farkas at the fourth position. A winner of 20 consecutive matches, McCarthy has a 26-2 overall record, including a 6-0 mark at No. 4 singles. With Ohio State owning a 2-0 lead, Smith was the next Buckeye off the courts following his 6-2, 6-2 win vs. Egger at No. 3 singles. Also playing his last home match as a Buckeye, Smith has a team-best 34 victories (9-0 at No. 3 singles). Kobelt wrapped up the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Manthou. Kobelt improves to 32-7 this year, including an 18-4 dual record.