CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 37 North Carolina suffered a 4-1 defeat to seventh-ranked Ohio State at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Wednesday in men's tennis action. With the loss, the Tar Heels drop to 7-3 on the season while Ohio State improves to 13-2.
The Tar Heels played the Top 10 Buckeyes tough, winning four first sets in singles but eventually Ohio State's deep lineup proved too strong for the Heels who will host VCU next Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Cone-Kenfield.
Ohio State claimed the doubles point behind strong play at the bottom of their lineup.
At the No. 3 seed, Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka picked up an 8-3 win against North Carolina's Oystein Steiro and Andrew Gores. The nationally-ranked No. 12 pairing of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen clinched the point for the Buckeyes with an 8-2 win over Nelson Vick and Maik Ulrich at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, the Tar Heels were not able to recover to gain the four points necessary for the win against a Ohio State singles lineup that features four players ranked in the Top 40 of the country.
No. 2 Peter Kobelt defeated No. 124 Brett Clark at the No. 2 seed to earn the Buckeyes their first singles victory. Ohio State's Devin McCarthy then edged William Parker by a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 count at the No. 3 seed, but Oystein Steiro countered for North Carolina with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory over No. 2-ranked Connor Smith at No. 4 singles.
At No. 5 singles, Ohio State's No. 40 Chris Diaz responded with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Taylor Meyer to clinch the match for the Buckeyes. The matches at No. 1 and No. 6 singles were not finished as a result. In each case the Tar Heels had split sets with Ohio State opponents and the matches were in the third set. Nelson Vick had taken the first set from #17 Blaz Rola at No. 1 and freshman Stuart DePaolo had won the first set at No. 6.
The Tar Heels will take to the courts again when they host Virginia Commonwealth on March 6th at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m.
#7 Ohio State 4, #37 North Carolina 1
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (2, 3, 4, 5, DNF)
1. #17 Blaz Rola (OSU) vs. #110 Nelson Vick (UNC), 4-6, 6-4, 2-1 (DNF)
2. #2 Peter Kobelt (OSU) d. #124 Brett Clark (UNC), 6-3, 6-2
3. Devin McCarthy (OSU) d. William Parker (UNC), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) d. #28 Connor Smith (OSU), 7-6 (8-6), 6-45. #40 Chris Diaz (OSU) d. Taylor Meyer (UNC), 6-4, 6-2
6. Constantin Christ (OSU) vs. Stuart DePaolo (UNC), 4-6, 6-3, 2-0
Records: North Carolina (7-3), Ohio State (13-2)