Hoosiers Fall to No. 3 OSU in Big Ten Semis
April 28, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Indiana men's tennis (23-9, 7-4 Big Ten, No. 27) fell in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday, losing to third-ranked Ohio State by a 4-1 score. The Hoosiers took the doubles point with wins at two and three doubles, cut Ohio State was able to regain momentum and win the match.
In doubles, Alastair Barnes and Josh MacTaggart beat the 31st-ranked tandem of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, 8-5. Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall beat Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith at three, also 8-5, clinching the doubles point.
Ohio State with ranked players at all six singles spots, was able to power through singles play, taking wins at one, two, three and six for the win. No. 11 Chase Buchanan defeated Isade Juneau 6-1, 6-2 at number one. No. 6 Blaz Rola beat MacTaggart 6-4, 6-2 at number two, and Jeremy Langer fell to No. 67 Peter Kobelt at three, 6-1, 6-4. No. 105 Connor Smith clinched the win with a 6-1, 7-6 win at six over Dimitrije Tasic.
The Hoosiers now await word from the NCAA on whether they will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament, with the NCAA.com Selection Show airing at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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