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Ohio State tennis’s Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan win doubles tournament

Sophomore Blaz Rola and senior Chase Buchanan of the Ohio State men’s tennis team won the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in Flushing, N.Y. on Sunday.

The No. 2-seeded duo defeated the third-seeded Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling from Tulsa, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

For the second consecutive match, the pair had to come from behind to earn the victory.

“It was a great win,” Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker said. “Chase and Blaz played well and won their second national event of the season. I think only four or five teams have won both events in the history of college tennis. We are looking forward to getting better and starting the [dual] season in January.”

Rola and Buchanan are the first Buckeye team to reach the National Indoors Doubles Championship since Scott Green and Ross Wilson won the event in 2005.

USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships is the last event for the tennis team until their season resumes Jan. 8, for the USTA Futures event in Plantation, Fla.

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