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Opinion: Ohio State men’s tennis streak deserves place among historic records

March 9, 2015
There’s Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and Byron Nelson’s 11-straight PGA Tour victories. Then there’s the Ohio State men’s tennis team’s 200 home victories in a row. While none of those records are likely to be broken, the first two will go down in history with much more fanfare than the third. But it could be argued that the Buckeyes’ streak, which ended Friday with a 4-3 loss to Oklahoma, is the most impressive of the bunch. In his prime, Chamberlain was the single most dominant player in basketball history. The same could be said for Nelson when it comes to golf, but neither of them would have been likely to… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis 200-match home win streak snapped by No. 1 Oklahoma

March 6, 2015
The Ohio State men’s tennis team’s record-breaking home-winning streak has ended at 200. The No. 8 Buckeyes (12-4) fell, 4-3, to top-ranked Oklahoma (13-1) on Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center, ending a streak that had lasted nearly 12 years. After the match, OSU coach Ty Tucker said there weren’t “too many dry eyes” in the Buckeyes’ locker room, but commended his team for its effort overall. “That was a great college tennis match as you can see with the environment and everything,” Tucker said. “The only thing that went wrong is it didn’t go our way.” Tucker, who was the head man in Columbus for the duration of… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis extends home win streak to 199 with 4-0 win over Kentucky

January 29, 2015
The Ohio State’s men’s tennis team extended its consecutive home game win streak to 199 when it beat the University of Kentucky, 4-0, Thursday night. The victory over the Wildcats also continued OSU’s season streak: The Buckeyes are now 8-0 for the year. Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan was perfect, winning his singles match in two 6-0 sets. Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka and sophomore Herkko Pollanen both picked up wins in two sets of their own to lift up the Buckeyes. Over on the doubles court, Metka and redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach came through with a 6-3 win. Freshman Mikael Torpegaard and Pollanen cut it close, but also came out on top with a… Read more

Ohio State women’s tennis set for spring season opener against West Virginia, Cleveland State

January 29, 2015
After nearly three months off, the Ohio State women’s tennis team is set to take a step toward a bigger stage with two matches on its first day back. The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their spring season at the Varsity Tennis Center with a doubleheader against West Virginia and Cleveland State on Thursday. The team most recently played at the Tennessee Fall Invitational, where coach Melissa Schaub said it was helpful to see how the girls compete in a dual-match setting. “Our two freshmen, Olivia Sneed and Anna Sanford, did really well, they played higher in the lineup the last day against Kentucky so that’s something good to see,”… Read more

Kobelt, Metka to compete for NCAA title in Men’s Doubles Championship

May 25, 2014
An impressive home winning streak isn’t the only success Ohio State’s men’s tennis has seen in the past few seasons. Senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka are set to play in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Championship final on Monday, making it the second time in the last three years a Buckeye doubles team made it to the title round, according to a press release. Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola took the university’s first doubles tandem national crown in 2012, and Rola also went on to win the men’s NCAA Singles Championship in 2013. The match, which was earned through a 6-3 win versus freshman Arjun… Read more

Ohio State men’s tennis claims 9th straight Big Ten regular season crown

April 21, 2014
For the ninth consecutive season, the No. 1-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team took home the Big Ten’s outright regular season title and finished the conference season unbeaten. Playing at home in their final two regular season matches, the Buckeyes (27-3, 11-0) defeated Iowa 7-0 Friday to clinch the title, then defeated Nebraska, 6-1, Sunday to finish the conference season unscathed and give redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt a win on Senior Day. “It was tough (at first) being the only senior on a team full of freshmen, essentially,” Kobelt said Sunday after the match, holding the Big Ten Championship trophy tightly. “To be able to go out of here with a… Read more

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