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Ohio-raised tennis players putting stamp on Ohio State men’s tennis

April 17, 2014
The game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest. In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings. With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area. Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis earns hard-fought wins against Purdue, Tulsa

April 14, 2014
The nation’s top-ranked men’s collegiate tennis team keeps on rolling. No. 1 Ohio State won two more matches over the weekend to push its record to 25-3 overall and perfect in Big Ten play, beating Tulsa Friday at home and Purdue Sunday at home, each by a score of 4-3. In doubles play against the Boilermakers (15-4, 7-2), the Buckeyes came out on fire. Senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach of OSU crushed Purdue senior Szymon Tatarczyk and freshman Ricky Medinilla, 8-1, while redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen whipped senior Mark Kovacs and sophomore Mateus Silva, 8-2. The point the Buckeyes gained from the doubles victories proved… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis win 2 weekend matches, beats Minnesota and Wisconsin

April 6, 2014
The Ohio State men’s tennis team has come out of the month of March looking like a lion. After identifying themselves as kings of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are now ranked number one in the nation for the second time this season. Playing on the road Friday and Sunday against Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively, the Buckeyes (23-2, 8-0) solidified their spot atop the ITA rankings. Against the Badgers (9-11, 1-6) Sunday, the second and third doubles teams got off to fast starts to earn the point for the Buckeyes. Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated junior Michael Sinha and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov, 8-4, while redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan… Read more

Opinion: Record-breaking men’s tennis unstoppable on Columbus courts

March 31, 2014
With cameras raised and the volume so low you could hear a pin drop, Ohio State senior Peter Kobelt stepped up to the line to serve for match point against Northwestern’s senior Raleigh Smith. It seemed routine, as Kobelt has sealed so many matches for the OSU men’s tennis team this season. But this meant so much more than any other match. He lofted the ball up and, with one powerful swing, rocketed his serve at Smith, who could barely get a racket on it. Smith’s return barely made it over the net and Kobelt knew exactly what to do with it. He fired into the corner of the court… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis rise as ‘top dogs’ of Big Ten, defeat Illinois, 5-2

March 30, 2014
After breaking the NCAA record for most consecutive home wins, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team didn’t have much time to catch its breath before a tussle with Big Ten rival No. 10 Illinois. Over the past decade, the Fighting Illini (14-6, 4-1) have played second fiddle to the Buckeyes (21-2, 6-0) in the Big Ten, losing to OSU in the Big Ten Tournament in seven of the last eight seasons, and that tune held true Sunday as the Buckeyes won, 5-2, at the Varsity Tennis Center. Coach Ty Tucker toyed with the Buckeyes’ doubles lineup and split up his No. 6 ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis ties NCAA record with 184th consecutive home victory, beats Michigan, 6-1

March 23, 2014
A share of history has been captured by the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team. With a 6-1 defeat of Michigan Friday, the Buckeyes tied the NCAA all-time home win streak with their 184th consecutive victory. “It’s been a nerve-wracking experience going through this thing,” coach Ty Tucker said. “Every match has been counted … it’s nice that the guys go down in history.” The Stanford women’s tennis team originally set the record by going undefeated at home from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes (19-2, 4-0) began their streak during the 2003 season and didn’t let the Wolverines (9-7, 1-1) get in their way of the record book. The Buckeyes took… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis remains unbeaten, defeats Penn State and North Carolina

March 2, 2014
The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team (17-0, 2-0) finally solved the riddle that is Penn State athletics, defeating the No. 34 Nittany Lions (10-1, 0-1) Sunday afternoon after topping No. 12 North Carolina (11-2) Friday night. For the third time in four matches, the Buckeyes lost the doubles point Sunday against the Nittany Lions. Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach rolled to an 8-1 victory over Penn State freshman Christian Lutschaunig and sophomore David Kohan, but the Nittany Lions were not deterred. Senior Russell Bader and sophomore Leonard Stakhovsky upset the Buckeyes’ No. 3 ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka, 8-6. Fellow Nittany… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis wins 7th straight against a ranked opponent, beats Notre Dame, 4-2

February 23, 2014
After a whirlwind week that saw it defeat four top 15-ranked opponents in four days and rise to No. 1 in the ITA team rankings, the Ohio State men’s tennis team returned to action this weekend in another highly anticipated match at No. 10 Notre Dame. Playing in their first match after winning the ITA Indoor National Championship Feb. 17, the top ranked Buckeyes (14-0, 0-0) traveled to South Bend, Ind., Saturday to take on the Fighting Irish (10-3, 0-1). There might have been a bit of a hangover from the previous week’s success as the Buckeyes started out flat in doubles play. Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis indoor team national champions for 1st time in program history

February 17, 2014
After coming close each of the previous three seasons, the members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team can finally call themselves indoor champions. Playing in their fourth match against a ranked opponent in as many days, the No. 5 Buckeyes defeated No. 3 USC 4-1 Monday afternoon to claim the ITA Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Houston. Starting the match off strong for the Buckeyes, the No. 2-ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka defeated senior Ray Sarmiento and junior Yannick Hanfmann, 6-4. Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach then defeated junior Eric Johnson and sophomore Max de Vroome 6-4 to capture the doubles point… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis tops No. 1 Virginia, keeps unbeaten record intact

February 16, 2014
After falling in the NCAA Championships semifinals last season, some might have thought the Ohio State men’s tennis team would be in a rebuilding phase. Just more than a month into the season, the Buckeyes are showing that is clearly not the case. No. 5 OSU (12-0, 0-0) took down No. 1 Virginia (6-1, 1-0), 4-3, Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA National Men’s Indoor Championship in Houston. The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 3-ranked University of Southern California Monday at 1 p.m. The Trojans took down No. 2 UCLA, 4-3, Sunday. Last season, the Buckeyes ended USC’s run of four straight NCAA Championships by defeating… Read more