April 2, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill.
Score: No. 3 Ohio State 7, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (9-8, 0-3 Big Ten), Ohio State (19-2, 4-0 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 3 vs. Penn State Evanston 10 a.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern was unable to earn a team point against third-ranked and five-time defending Big Ten champion Ohio State, but the 'Cats would not go down without a fight in front of the large home crowd in the Combe Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Wildcats pounced out of the gates in all three of their doubles matches and attempted to use that energy to knock the Buckeyes out of rhythm. NU's No. 1 tandem, Joshua Graves and Spencer Wolf, looked strong early on but were held in check down the stretch by the No. 13 doubles team in the nation, Peter Kobelt and Matt Allare, who posted an 8-4 victory.
The duo of Andrew McCarthy and Tobias Reitz took an early one game lead and looked poised to win the second game against Ohio State's No. 2 team of Chase Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa. But Buchanan and Uzawa thwarted the NU momentum and gained some of their own, never looking back to a 8-5 victory.
Northwestern's No. 3 doubles team, Chris Jackman and Raleigh Smith lost the first game, but roared back to win the next three over Blaz Rola and Balazs Novak. Rola and Novak responded by claiming seven of the next nine games against the Wildcat twosome, pulling out an 8-5 victory to deal Jackman and Smith only their fourth doubles loss of the season.
The Wildcats hung tough in singles, as NU senior Andrew McCarthy took Ohio State's Ille Van Engelen down to the wire in the opening set before ultimately falling in their No. 3 singles match, 7-5, 6-1.
At No. 1 for Northwestern, Joshua Graves
had a tough test in controlling Blaz Rola, the No. 3 player in the nation, as he fell first, 6-1, 6-2. Tobias Reitz
went down next after an attempted comeback over No. 41 in the country, Matt Allare, fell short. Allare prevailed, 6-1, 6-3.
Chris Jackman struggled against Nelson Vick of Ohio State and lost, 6-1, 6-2, to the Buckeye freshman, giving Ohio State the winning fourth point. No. 2 NU singles, Spencer Wolf, dropped next in an exciting, 6-3, 6-4, match that saw yet another attempted comeback come up short.
Raleigh Smith held his own against No. 53 Devin McCarthy -- younger brother of Andrew McCarthy -- forcing multiple deuces that involved some fancy shot-making from the freshman. Smith eventually ran out of steam and lost 6-4, 6-4, giving Ohio State its seventh point and a sweep of Northwestern.
Northwestern returns to Big Ten action Sunday when it hosts Penn State at 10 a.m. The match is expected to be played indoors in NU's Combe Tennis Center facility.
No. 3 Ohio State 7, Northwestern 0
1: #3 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #119 Joshua Graves (NU), 6-2, 6-1
2: #14 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. Spencer Wolf (NU), 6-3, 6-4
3: Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU), 7-5, 6-1
4: #41 Matt Allare (OSU) def. Tobias Reitz (NU), 6-1, 6-3
5: #53 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Raleigh Smith (NU), 6-4, 6-4
6: #102 Nelson Vick (OSU) def. Chris Jackman (NU), 6-1, 6-2
1: #13 Kobelt/Allare (OSU) def. Graves/Wolf (UT), 8-4
2: Buchanon/Uzawa (OSU) def. McCarthy/Reitz (NU), 8-5
3: Rola/Novak (OSU) def. Jackman/Smith (NU), 8-5
Order of Finish:
Singles (1, 4, 6*, 3, 2, 5)
Doubles (1, 2*, 3)
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