Buckeye tandem earns No. 1 seed in doubles championship.
Buchanan, Rola Selected to Compete in NCAA Championships Singles, Doubles Fields
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, members of the No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team, were selected to compete in the field of 64 singles players and field of 32 doubles teams for the 2012 NCAA Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee announced Wednesday.
Buchanan and Rola earned the No. 1 seed in the doubles championship, while individually they were at-large selections in the singles tournament.
Peter Kobelt is an alternate in the singles championship, while Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, ranked 31st in the nation, are alternates in doubles.
Earning the ninth seed, Buchanan currently is on a 12-match win streak. With a 27-6 overall record, including a 20-3 mark in dual action at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, Buchanan was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection for the third consecutive year in 2012. Also for the third consecutive season, Buchanan recorded a 10-0 record in league play.
Also a First Team All-Big Ten selection, Rola has won a team-best 30 matches this season. With a 22-4 dual record, Rola posted an 8-2 mark in the league. At Nos. 1 and 2 singles, Rola is 9-2 and 13-2, respectively, and boasts a 13-5 ledger vs. nationally ranked opponents.
In doubles, Buchanan and Rola are 29-3 overall and post an impressive 20-3 ledger in dual action. With all their doubles wins taking place at the No. 1 position, the pair is 14-1 vs. nationally ranked opponents. During fall tournament play, the tandem won the D’Novo/ITA All-American Doubles championships and the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles title.
Ohio State will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA championships in Columbus May 12-13. The Buckeyes, the No. 5 seed, will welcome Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State.
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