May 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a packed house at the Varsity Tennis Center Saturday afternoon, the Buckeyes were the first team in the field of 64 to punch its ticket to Athens next week.
The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Wake Forest, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team Championships and will play the winner between Florida (16-9) and South Florida (19-6) at 7 p.m. May 16 in the round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. For the complete schedule and ticket prices to the NCAA championships, please visit the NCAA championships Tournament Central.
Under director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes (32-3) have now advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 nine-consecutive years and 11 times overall.
“The guys were pumped up today and I thought the coaching staff did a great job to prepare for our match vs. Wake Forest,” Tucker said. “Chris Diaz did a great job of crashing the net today and Ralf Steinbach followed his game plan well. It was nice to be at home and play in front of a good crowd. We’re hoping we are a team that will make an impact in Athens this year and we will be ready to go next Friday.”
Senior Peter Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, played in his final match in front of his hometown crowd and finished his five years at home with an astonishing 100-0 team record since joining the squad during the 2010 campaign. With the victory of the Demon Deacons today, the team’s NCAA-record home win streak extends to 191-consecutive matches. The Buckeyes went 19-0 on its home courts in 2014.
“It’s such a sigh of relief to leave Ohio State with the record still going,” Kobelt said. “We didn’t know what to expect coming into this year and we couldn’t have done it without the great coaching of Ty, Justin and coach Schilling and the confidence they give us in each practice and on match days.”
Kobelt, a two-time All-American, will be competing in both the singles and doubles championships following the team tournament.
“We played really well one through six today, but we know it’s going to be a different environment next week under the lights,” Kobelt said. “It’s going to be tough, but we just need to focus on our game. We are excited to go and compete with the best teams in the country in Georgia.”
Play was moved indoors for the second-consecutive day due to rain in the Columbus area. The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the 26th time this year. No. 24 Kobelt and Ralf Steinbach were the first to finish with an 8-5 victory over No. 50 Pedro Dumont and Jon Ho on court No. 1. The Buckeye duo has won eight-consecutive matches heading into the round of 16. Hunter Callahan and Chris Diaz clinched the opening point following an 8-4 win over Anthony Declore and Adam Lee on court No. 3. Callahan and Diaz improve to 11-4 overall in 2014.
In singles, the Buckeyes won first sets on all six courts against Wake Forest. Once again, Metka cruised in his singles match on court No. 6, winning 6-1, 6-3 over Dumont, while Callahan won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 vs. Aws Laaribi on court No. 5 to put the Buckeyes within one point of the win.
For the second-consecutive day, No. 101 Steinbach clinched match point for the Buckeyes with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Maksim Kan on court No. 4 to improve to 26-4 overall this year.
Play was suspended on the remaining courts. No. 11 Kobelt led 7-6 (7-4), 3-3 vs. No. 29 Romain Bogaerts on No. 1 singles. No. 109 Herkko Pollanen led 6-2, 3-4 vs. No. 94 Lee on court No. 2, while Diaz was up 6-4, 3-2 on No. 4 against Jon Ho.
Tennis Match Results
Wake Forest vs Ohio State
May 10, 2014 at Columbus, Ohio
Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
No. 3 Ohio State 4, No. 32 Wake Forest 0
1. #11 Peter Kobelt (OSU) vs. #29 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 7-6 (7-4), 3-3, unfinished
2. #109 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. #94 Adam Lee (WF) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
3. #101 Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #110 Maksim Kan (WF) 6-4, 6-1
4. Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. Jon Ho (WF) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
5. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. Aws Laaribi (WF) 6-1, 6-1
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Pedro Dumont (WF) 6-1, 6-3
1. #24 Ralf Steinbach/Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #50 Pedro Dumont/Jon Ho (WF) 8-5
2. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Romain Bogaerts/Maksim Kan (WF) 6-5, unfinished
3. Hunter Callahan/Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Anthony Delcore/Adam Lee (WF) 8-4
Wake Forest 15-14; National ranking #32
Ohio State 32-3; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,3)
NCAA Championship Second Round Match
Match start postponed and played indoors