Fifth-ranked Ohio State and No. 2 UCLA post shutouts to open 2014 season
No. 5 Ohio State 7, Xavier 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Buckeyes claimed their second 7-0 shutout on Wednesday with a win against Xavier on Wednesday evening at the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State improved to 2-0 for the 2014 season by claiming both doubles matches and six singles matches. With their win, the Buckeyes continued their home win streak, now at 174 consecutive matches.
In doubles action, redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach struck first with a 6-2 victory against Matt Bishop and Zach Mueck. Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen then clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win against Adam Krull and Michael Moe. The No. 7 duo of redshirt senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka led Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebker 5-1 when play was called.
Rolling into singles play, the duo of Steinbach and Callahan continued to cruise of courts 5 and 6, respectively. Callahan was first to win his singles match with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Freddy Abunku. Steinbach followed with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Moe. Metka clinched the match with an ace to defeat Mueck 6-3, 6-4. At No. 1 singles, No. 31 Kobelt defeated Roebker 7-6(7-3),6-3. Kobelt and Roebker held twelve consecutive times en route to a tiebreaker. A pair of aces and a service winner gave Kobelt the match. Diaz followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Krull and Pollanen followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Mei to finish out play for the day.
Ohio State 7, Butler 0
The Buckeyes did quick work in its opening match of the season, posting a 7-0 shutout in just an hour and 41 minutes. Ohio State is now 15-0 all-time vs. the Bulldogs. Ohio State started the match by claiming the first two wins in doubles and claiming all singles victories in consecutive sets.
Freshman Herkko Pollanen a clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-0 win on court No. 2. He made his debut for the Buckeyes.
In doubles action, Kevin Metka and Ralf Steinbach stormed to a 6-0 win against Brandon Woods and Sam O'Neill at No. 1 doubles. Peter Kobelt and Marco Goles-Babic cinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win against Alex and Austin Woldmoe on court 2. Hunter Callahan and Pollanen had game point at 4-3 against Tommy Marx and Andres Maynez when play was called.
In singles play, Steinbach, a native of Halle, Germany, was the first off of the court with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Marx on court No. 5. The win marked the first of his collegiate career as a Buckeye. Callahan, a native of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., was next to win with a 6-0, 6-1 against Alex Woldmoe at No. 5 singles. Pollanen made his Ohio State singles debut on court No. 2 and won his match, downing his opponent 6-2, 6-0, and seconds later, Metka claimed his match against Brandon Woods 6-1, 6-1.
Kobelt, who is ranked No. 31 in the country to begin his senior campaign, was the next victor for the Buckeyes with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Pulok Bhattacharya. Finishing out play for the Buckeyes was Chris Diaz, who defeated Austin Woldmoe 6-2,6-0 on court No. 3.
No. 2 UCLA 7, UC Irvine 0
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA kicked off the 2014 season in dominating fashion on Wednesday afternoon, cruising to a 7-0 victory against UC Irvine at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
UCLA, which won five of six singles matches in consecutive sets, was paced on the afternoon by junior Dennis Mkrtchian, who posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Caryl Hernandez at court No. 5.
Playing in their first dual match for the Bruins, freshmen Mackenzie McDonald, Gage Brymer and Joseph Di Giulio each posted consecutive set singles wins. McDonald was especially impressive at court No. 2, downing Rafael Davidian 6-1, 6-0.
UCLA (1-0) was without the services of 11th-ranked Marcos Giron, who is playing a Challenger event in Maui this week. He won his opening match on Monday, defeating qualifier Jared Donaldson 7-6, 6-3. He next faces former Stanford standout Bradley Klahn in the second round.