COLUMBUS, Ohio There is no sign of slowing down from the Ohio State men’s tennis team. Under Ty Tucker, 10th-year Ohio State head coach, the Buckeyes have risen from the cellar of the Big Ten Conference to a nationally dominant program, earning the ITA preseason No. 1 ranking in 2009.
The future continues to look bright for the Scarlet and Gray as Tucker’s incoming freshman class was voted the second-best in the nation by a panel of junior tennis experts in a media poll conducted by TennisRecruiting.net.
The class, consisting of all Ohio natives, includes Blue Chip star and New Albany, Ohio, native Chase Buchanan. In addition, Tucker has two five-star recruits in Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) and Wyatt Lippert (Cincinnati, Ohio) joining the team and a four-star recruit in Devin McCarthy, who enrolled at Ohio State in January.
The Buckeye recruiting class is tied for second with Yale, each receiving 335 points in the poll. Stanford earned the top nod, receiving 375 points while welcoming in three Blue Chip athletes and a three-star prospect.
Meeting The Recruits
Buchanan, who attended New Albany High School, is the winner of seven singles and doubles USTA national championships. This past fall, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the juniors tournament of the 2008 U.S. Open in New York. He also was crowned the 2008 Easter Bowl Champion in Palm Desert, Calif. Early in his junior career, Buchanan became the youngest winner ever at the Vero Beach Futures Event when he won at the age of 16. Competing in the Les Petit the premier world championship for competitors 14 and under Buchanan won the coveted title at 13 years old.
Kobelt, a high school classmate of Buchanan, is ranked in the Top 70 in the U.S. Seniors standings. He won the national title in the 18s Advanced Junior Team Tennis championship. Additionally in 2008, Kobelt reached the finals of the Boys 18 Midwest championship and partnered with McCarthy to claim the event’s doubles title. In the spring of 2008, Kobelt was the Division I Ohio High School Athletics Association state tournament singles finalist.
Lippert, ranked 30th in the U.S. for Seniors, was the 2008 Division I OHSAA Champion at Lakota West. He was the 2008 Huntington Bank Ohio High School Magazine Boys Tennis Player of the Year and in 2007 was ranked No. 22 in the USTA national rankings for 16s.
McCarthy won the 2008 Division II OHSAA title for Indian Hills High School and has helped Indian Hills win two Ohio High School team state championships. Partnering with Kobelt, he won the 2008 Boys 18 Midwest doubles championship. As a freshman, he also claimed the Ohio High School doubles state championship and placed fourth in 2007 at the National Clay Court Boy’s 16s.
The youngest of four boys in the McCarthy family, all three of McCarthy’s brothers have Big Ten tennis experience. Andrew McCarthy is a sophomore at Northwestern while Ryan and Michael lettered at Indiana from 2004-05 and 2005-08, respectively.