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    `Cats Threaten Second-Ranked Ohio State in 4-3 Loss

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Strong Kirchheimer defeated No. 97 Hunter Callahan 6-3, 6-3.
    Freshman Strong Kirchheimer defeated No. 97 Hunter Callahan 6-3, 6-3.


    Mar. 28, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- No. 28 Northwestern gave No. 2 Ohio State an impressive fight in Columbus, but the Buckeyes ultimately prevailed 4-3. The ‘Cats fall to 12-8 on the season and 1-3 in Big Ten play.

    NU went toe-to-toe with the Buckeyes in doubles competition, but OSU claimed narrow wins at No. 1 and 2 to jump ahead 1-0. At No. 1, senior Raleigh Smith and freshman Sam Shropshire took the sixth-ranked OSU team to a tiebreaker, but ultimately fell 8-7 (7-2).

    Ohio State extended its lead with victories at No. 4 and 6 in singles matches, all of which wrapped in two sets. Junior Alex Pasareanu was on the brink of forcing a third set at No. 6, but dropped the second frame tiebreaker 7-3.

    Northwestern would not go down easily, however, and secured back-to-back triumphs with Kirchheimer at No. 5 and Shropshire at No. 2, pulling within one of Ohio State. Kirchheimer claimed a marquee 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 97 Hunter Callahan, his first career win over a ranked opponent.

    In the end, No. 8 Peter Kobelt decided the match at No. 1, besting No. 37 Smith 6-1, 7-5. To finish play, freshman Konrad Zieba clinched a narrow 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 3 to round out the final score of 4-3.

    The ‘Cats travel to Pennsylvania this Sunday to take on No. 23 Penn State at 11 a.m.

    #2 Ohio State 4, #28 Northwestern 3
    Doubles Results
    1. #6 Peter Kobelt / Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Sam Shropshire / Raleigh Smith (NU) 8-7 (7-2)
    2. Hunter Callahan / Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Mihir Kumar / Konrad Zieba (NU) 8-6
    3. Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Chris Diaz / Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-7 (unfinished)
    Order of finish: 2, 1*



    Singles Results
    1. #8 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #37 Raleigh Smith (NU) 6-1, 7-5
    2. #113 Sam Shropshire (NU) def. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
    3. Konrad Zieba (NU) def. Chris Diaz (OSU) 7-5, 7-5
    4. #109 Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-3, 6-3
    5. Strong Kirchheimer (NU) def. #97 Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
    6. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. Alex Pasareanu (NU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
    Order of finish: 4, 6, 5, 2, 1*, 3


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