April 14, 2013
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Score: No. 5 Ohio State 6, No. 34 Northwestern 1
Records: NU (18-8, 4-5 Big Ten), Ohio State (26-2, 9-0 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Friday, April 19 - vs. Purdue (Vandy Christie Tennis Center), 1:30 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior Raleigh Smith defeated the nation's sixth-ranked player, but No. 34 Northwestern fell to No. 5 Ohio State 6-1 Sunday afternoon at Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
Smith dominated the first set against Peter Kobelt, winning 6-2, before the Buckeye rallied back to take the second set 6-3. However, Smith broke Kobelt's serve early in the decisive third set as he jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to the 6-4 win to close out the match.
Ohio State was able to remain undefeated in Big Ten play thanks to a deep lineup that features five ranked singles players and all three doubles team that are currently ranked by the ITA.
NU battled hard in doubles play, but was unable to post a victory against any of the Buckeyes' talented duos. An 8-4 win at No. 1 and an 8-5 win at No. 2 put the visitors in front early.
Northwestern couldn't get much going in singles play, though freshman Mihir Kumar battled hard against 84th-ranked Devin McCarthy at No. 4 before eventually falling 6-3, 6-4. However, Smith did give the Wildcats a highlight on the day with his hard-fought win.
The Wildcats close out the home portion of the season at 1:30 p.m. Friday as it hosts Purdue at Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
#5 Ohio State 6, #34 Northwestern 1
1. #32 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. #68 Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 8-5
2. #16 Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) def. Raleigh Smith/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-5
3. #33 Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Sidarth Balaji/Chris Jackman (NU) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3
1. #9 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. Spencer Wolf
(NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Raleigh Smith
(NU) def. #6 Peter Kobelt (OSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3. #63 Connor Smith (OSU) def. Sidarth Balaji
(NU) 6-1, 6-1
4. #84 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Mihir Kumar
(NU) 6-3, 6-4
5. #61 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Alex Pasareanu
(NU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Constantin Christ (OSU) def. Chris Jackman
(NU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish:
3, 1, 6*, 5, 4, 2
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