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Oct. 12, 2011


2011 USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships
Hosted by The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 13-17, 2011
Varsity Tennis Center & Jesse Owens West

**Schedule of Play
Thursday, Oct. 13 – First and Second Rounds of Qualifying Singles
Friday, Oct. 14 – Final Round of Qualifying Singles; First Round of Main Draw Singles and Doubles
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Second and Third Rounds of Main Draw Singles; Singles Consolation; Second Round of Doubles
Sunday, Oct. 16 – Quarterfinals of Main Draw Singles; Third Round and Quarterfinals of Doubles
Monday, Oct. 17 – Semifinals and Finals of Main Draw Singles and Doubles
** Schedule subject to change

Participating Teams:
Cleveland State, DePaul, Detroit, Illinois State, Illinois Chicago, IUPUI, Marquette, Michigan State, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Youngstown State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team will continue its 2011 fall schedule Thursday as it returns to Columbus to host the 2011 USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships. Qualifying singles will begin Thursday at the Varsity Tennis Center and Jesse Owens West Recreation Center. Main draw singles and doubles competition will commence Friday.

The Buckeyes have the most players in both the singles and doubles main draws. Eight players will represent Ohio State in the singles main draw, while 10 Buckeyes will participate in the doubles bracket.

STAY UPDATED
Updated brackets of the Midwest regional will be available at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ot/tennis-2011-ita-midwest.html

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A SCARLET AND GRAY MAIN DRAW
The singles main draw for the USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championship at Ohio State is filled with Buckeyes. In fact, six of the Top 8 seeds are Buckeyes. Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan earned the Top 2 seeds, respectively, in the singles draw. Devin McCarthy, Peter Kobelt, Nelson Vick and Ille Van Engelen fill out seeds 5-8. Connor Smith, a transfer from Florida State, will represent Ohio State with the 16th seed.

Two other Buckeyes were awarded spots in the qualifying draw, including the Top 2 seeds. Senior Steven Williams is the No. 2 seed in the field of 64, while Wyatt Lippert is the ninth-ranked player in the draw.

DOUBLES DELIGHT
Ohio State also earned the Top 2 seeds in the doubles main draw of the regional. Chase Buchanan and Peter Kobelt, as well as Blaz Rola and Connor Smith will team up for the first time as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. Both duos earned a first-round bye.

Ille Van Engelen and Devin McCarthy are the sixth-seeded team, with Kevin Metka and Steven Williams are seeded No. 12. Nelson Vick and Hunter Callahan round out the ranked teams for the Buckeyes, coming in at No. 14.

A LOOK BACK
During the 2010 ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Notre Dame, Ind., Ohio State swept both the singles and doubles titles.

In the second all Buckeye final in three years, freshman Blaz Rola beat teammate Matt Allare 7-5, 6-4 to win the 2010 Midwest Regional singles title. The win by Rola marked the fourth time in five seasons a Buckeye had won the singles crown. Despite not winning the singles championship, Allare rebounded with teammate Peter Kobelt to capture the doubles title for the Buckeye sweep.

Rola advanced to the final courtesy of a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Michigan’s Evan King in the semifinals. In his senior season, Allare had a busy, yet memorable tournament as he also played his way to the doubles final with Kobelt. In the semifinals of the singles draw, Allare downed Casey Watt of host school Notre Dame 6-3, 6-4 prior to his matchup against Rola.

After already playing a pair of singles matches and one doubles contest, Allare was back out on the courts for his doubles match with Kobelt vs. Illinois’ Dennis Nevolo and Abe Souza. The Buckeye tandem won by a 9-8 (8) score. In the semifinals, Allare and Kobelt handed Timon Reichelt and Alexander Pelaez of Illinois State a 9-8 (5) loss.

Prior to 2010, the last Buckeye tandem to win the doubles title at regionals was Justin Kronauge and Drew Eberly (2005-08) in 2007.

Devin McCarthy and Balazs Novak also advanced to the semifinals, but dropped an 8-5 decision to Nevolo and Souza (Illinois).

2010 USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional
Oct. 21-25, 2010
Eck Tennis Pavilion
Notre Dame, Ind.

Main Draw Singles
Semifinals
Matt Allare (Ohio State) def. Casey Watt (Notre Dame) – 6-3, 6-4
Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Evan King (Michigan) – 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Final
Blaz Rola (Ohio State) def. Matt Allare (Ohio State) -7-5, 6-4

Main Draw Doubles
Semifinals

Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza (Illinois) def. Balazs Novak/Devin McCarthy (Ohio State) – 8-5
Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) def. Timon Reichelt/Alexander Pelaez (Illinois State) – 9-8 (5)

Final
Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) def. Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza (Illinois) – 9-8 (8)

REGIONAL SUCCESS
Ohio State has seen its share of success in recent years during the Midwest Regionals under head coach Ty Tucker. The Buckeyes will look to have an all-Buckeye final in singles for the third time in four years this season.

Tucker has coached five Buckeyes to the regional singles title. The 2006-07 campaign started a streak of three-consecutive Ohio State men’s tennis players winning the singles championship. Steven Moneke (2006-09) won in 2006, followed by current assistant coach Justin Kronauge (2007-10) in 2007. Bryan Koniecko, a 2006-09 letterwinner, faced Kronauge in the 2008 final and pulled out the victory to earn the title. Former Buckeye assistant Jeremy Wurtzman (2002-04) was the first Buckeye to win the regional title in 2003.

All-time Ohio State Midwest Regional Singles Winners
2003 – Jeremy Wurtzman
2006 – Steven Moneke
2007 – Justin Kronauge
2008 – Bryan Koniecko
2010 – Blaz Rola

ROLA, BUCHANAN EARN ITA ALL-AMERICAN DOUBLES TITLE
Senior Chase Buchanan and sophomore Blaz Rola captured the D’Novo/ITA All-American doubles title Oct. 9 in Tulsa, Okla. With the crown, the tandem became the second Buckeye team to claim a national tournament title in program history. Scott Green and Ross Wilson also won the title in 2004.

Buchanan and Rola went 5-0 in the draw after earning the third seed. The duo upset top-seed Kevin King and Juan Spir of Georgia Tech 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the final to improve to 12-3 in tournament play and 21-7 overall in their career. The Buckeye tandem also advanced to the doubles final last season but fell to Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz. It was the third time in ITA championship history a team participated in back-to-back doubles finals.

Additionally, Ohio State became the first Big Ten program to have multiple teams win the doubles crown. Illinois is the only other conference school to have won an ITA doubles championship (2002).

RANKED BUCKEYES
Ohio State has a total of eight players ranked in the ITA Preseason Poll released Sept. 9. Sophomore Blaz Rola leads all Buckeyes with the distinction of being ranked as the second-best singles player in the nation. Senior Chase Buchanan is not too far behind, coming in at No. 5 in the poll. Other Buckeyes ranked in the singles poll include Devin McCarthy (32), Peter Kobelt (33), Nelson Vick (60) and Ille Van Engelen (61). The six ranked singles players are the most of any team in the country.

Head coach Ty Tucker also has three doubles teams ranked in the preseason standings. Buchanan and Rola enter the rankings as the No. 2 team in the nation. In an unusual occurrence, Kobelt finds himself ranked twice in the doubles poll. The New Albany, Ohio, native pairs with Florida State transfer Connor Smith to form the No. 16 tandem and is ranked No. 59 with redshirt freshman Kevin Metka.

CAMPUS STOPS
The Midwest region is one of 12 regions in NCAA Division I men’s tennis. In addition to the Midwest region, other areas hosting a regional tournament this fall are the Northwest, Southwest, Mountain, Texas, Central, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Atlantic, Carolina, Southern and Southeast regions.

The singles and doubles champions from each of the NCAA Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the 2011 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which will take place Nov. 4-7 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Chicago, Ill.

ITA’S PREMIER EVENT – SECOND STOP
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which will take place Nov. 4-7 in Chicago, Ill., is the second of three national championship events for collegiate tennis.

The D’Novo/ITA Men’s All-American Championships was the first event in October. The season-ending NCAA championships in May conclude the ITA trifecta.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will continue fall tournament action in split-squad fashion. Some members of the team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships, while others will make the trip to Charlottesville, Va., for a USTA Challenger. Both tournaments will be held Oct. 28-31.