Men's tennis: Buckeyes advance with victory over Aggies
Ohio State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tennis championships for the ninth time in school history with a 4-0 victory over No. 12 Texas A&M yesterday at the Khan Tennis Complex at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
The fifth-ranked Buckeyes will meet four-time defending champion Southern California on Saturday. The two have met twice in the previous five NCAA Tournaments, with the Trojans winning 4-1 in the 2009 final and 4-0 in a quarterfinal in 2010.
Ohio State was in control against Texas A&M after Blaz Rola and Hunter Callahan clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 decision over Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo.
In singles, Peter Kobelt and Chris Diaz secured straight-set victories for the Buckeyes, while teammate Connor Smith defeated Harrison Adams 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Smith improved to a team-best 35-6 and clinched the match for a ninth time this season.
With the victory, Ohio State avenged one of its two losses in the regular season.
“As soon as we saw the draw, we saw we might have another chance at A&M,” Smith said. “We were all just hungry for that.”
Fourth-ranked USC advanced with a 4-1 win over No. 13 Baylor.