May 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Peter Kobelt was named ITA Midwest Senior Player of the Year, while associate head coach Justin Kronauge was named ITA Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday.
Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, has led the Buckeyes (32-3) to the NCAA Round of 16 this week after the team defeated Bryant and Wake Forest by scores of 4-0 last weekend in Columbus. The lone senior on the 2014 Buckeyes, No. 11 Kobelt is 28-9 overall in singles and 21-5 at No. 1 singles, collecting 13 wins against nationally-ranked opponents. In doubles, Kobelt is ranked in the Top 25 on two OSU duos, posting a 27-6 record with Kevin Metka for the No. 3 ranking in the country and an 11-1 mark with Ralf Steinbach for the No. 24 doubles team in the nation. Following the team championships, Kobelt will be competing in both the singles and doubles championships in Athens, Ga. Kobelt becomes the sixth different Buckeye to earn the regional senior player of the year honor in program history.
“Peter Kobelt has been a tremendous leader for a young team,” director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker said. “I have seen Peter start his college career as a project and end it as a four-time All-American. Our indoor facility is six miles off campus and he makes sure every young guy has a ride to and from practice. I am not sure there is anybody in college tennis that has meant more for his team than Peter Kobelt in 2014. When it comes to being a teammate he is all in.”
Kronauge collects his second regional assistant coach of the year honor in the last two years, winning the award for the first time in 2012. Kronauge, who holds the Ohio State program record for career singles victories (147) and combined career wins (280), has been a part of the Buckeye coaching staff for the past four years, being promoted to associate head coach this past offseason. He has helped guide the Buckeyes to their ninth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and their ninth-straight NCAA Round of 16 appearance.
“Justin Kronauge has been the ultimate assistant coach,” Tucker said. “He is truly a professional and will work 30 days a month to help this team succeed. Justin is in this business for life and he should be because college tennis is his life. The team would not succeed to the level on or off the court without Justin Kronauge in the picture. He is a recruiter, talent developer, and a very good match day coach.”
The No. 3 seed Buckeyes take on Florida in the NCAA Round of 16 at 7 p.m. Friday in Athens, Ga. For tournament central info, click here.