No. 3 Buckeyes Down Deacons in NCAA Championship
May 10, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Wake Forest's season came to an end Saturday in a 4-0 loss to No. 3 Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Championship in Columbus.
Rain forced the Demon Deacons (15-14) to face the reigning National Indoor Champion Buckeyes (32-3) on their indoor courts, and after winning a close doubles point, Ohio State carried the momentum into singles to extend its NCAA record home winning streak to 187 matches and earn a spot in the Round of 16.
Saturday's match was the last for lone senior Adam Lee who leaves Wake Forest as one of the most accomplished players in program history. A two-time All-ACC selection, Lee ranks ninth in program history with 89 career singles wins. His 38 singles wins as a junior last season set a Wake Forest single-season record.
Ohio State took a hotly contested doubles point to go in front 1-0.
Big serves dominated in the No. 1 match which featured Wake Forest's Pedro Dumont and Jon Ho against Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Ralf Steinbach. Both teams were holding with little trouble until an inopportune double fault by Dumont at 5-6 gave the Buckeyes the opening that they needed to break. Kobelt and his previously untouchable serve stepped up to the line to close things out and saved a break point to do so, giving Ohio State an 8-5 win.
Ohio State's team of Hunter Callahan and Chris Diaz raced to a 6-0 lead at No. 3, but Anthony Delcore and Adam Lee found their footing to cut the lead to 6-3. The early proved to be too much to overcome though as the Buckeyes finished off an 8-4 win that gave them the doubles point.
In singles, Ohio State broke early at the bottom four positions to take a stranglehold on the match and the Buckeyes would go on to win all six first sets. Kevin Metka finished first at the No. 6 position, topping Dumont 6-1, 6-3. Callahan made the score 3-0 in the Buckeyes' favor with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Aws Laaribi at No. 5.
The clinching point came at No. 3 singles where Steinbach topped Kan 6-4, 6-1.
The season will continue for Romain Bogaerts, who will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga. Bogaerts, who is ranked 29th nationally in singles, will open play in the tournament on May 21.
#3 Ohio State 4, #32 Wake Forest 0