U-M Falls to No. 5 Ohio State at Home in Regular-Season Finale
Barrett Franks

April 21, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Score: #5 Ohio State 4, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (14-8, 9-2 Big Ten), Ohio State (28-2, 11-0)
Attendance: 534
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sun., April 25-28 -- at Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team closed out its home schedule with a 4-0 loss to No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday (April 21) at the Varsity Tennis Center. The loss halted the Wolverines' seven-match win streak in conference action.

Ohio State jumped out to the early lead, winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. The Buckeyes' 38th-ranked tandem of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka downed the U-M sophomore pairing of Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National), 8-3, in the first match off the court. Minutes later, OSU's 16th-ranked duo of Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith secured the initial point with a 9-7 victory over senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) and junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) at the top of the doubles lineup.

The Buckeyes won the first three singles matches off the court, posting straight-set decisions in each, to seal the victory. OSU went up 2-0 after Chris Diaz downed Zhu, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 4 position in the first singles match off the court. Moments later, Rola defeated Petrone at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-2, to put Ohio State ahead, 3-0.

OSU clinched the match soon after at No. 3, as Smith defeated junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') to give the Buckeyes their fourth point of the dual.

Michigan will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday (April 25-28). With the No. 3 seed, U-M will open play on Friday (April 26) at Ohio State's Varsity Tennis Courts.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 10 Evan King (U-M) vs. No. 6 Peter Kobelt (OSU), 6-4, 5-5 DNF
No. 2 -- No. 9 Blaz Rola (OSU) d. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 -- Connor Smith (OSU) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 -- No. 108 Vlad Stefan (U-M) vs. Devin McCarthy (OSU), 4-6, 6-1, 2-5 DNF
No. 5 -- Chris Diaz (OSU) d. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) vs. Hunter Callahan (OSU), 6-3, 3-6, 2-1 DNF

No. 1 -- No. 16 Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) d. No. 29 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 9-7
No. 2 -- Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) vs. No. 45 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU), 6-7 DNF
No. 3 -- No. 38 Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka (OSU) d. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 8-3

Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1, Singles 4-2-3

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