Oct. 17, 2012
2012 USTA/ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships
Hosted by Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Oct. 18-22, 2012
Michigan State University’s Indoor Tennis Facility
Schedule of Play
8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 – First and Second Rounds of Qualifying Singles
8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 – Final Round of Qualifying Singles
11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 – First Round of Main Draw Singles and Doubles
11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 – Second and Third Rounds of Main Draw Singles; Singles Consolation; Second Round of Doubles
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 – Quarterfinals of Main Draw Singles; Third Round and Quarterfinals of Doubles
TBA Monday, Oct. 22 – Semifinals and Finals of Main Draw Singles and Doubles
** Schedule subject to change
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 look to replicate its past successes in the ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships in 2012. The Buckeyes continue their fall schedule Thursday as they travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the tournament. Qualifying singles will start Thursday at the Michigan State University Indoor Tennis Facility and main draw singles and doubles competition will begin Friday.
Five Buckeyes Seeded in the Singles Main Draw
Peter Kobelt, a redshirt junior from New Albany, Ohio, who finished as the runner up in the singles competition at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 7 in Tulsa, Okla., is seeded No. 2 in the singles main draw at the ITA Division I Men’s Midwest Regional Championships. Kobelt is the highest seeded Buckeye, but is not alone in the Top 8. Chris Diaz, a freshman from Columbus, and Connor Smith, the lone senior in play for the Scarlet and Gray, are seeded fifth and sixth, respectively. In addition Constantin Christ is the No. 15 seed. Unseeded players competing in the main draw for Ohio State include a pair of redshirt sophomores in Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan, as well as redshirt junior Wyatt Lippert.
First Round Matchups for Ohio State Oct. 19
No. 2 Peter Kobelt vs. Kyle Johnson of DePaul
No. 5 Chris Diaz vs. Mihir Kumar of Northwestern
No. 6 Connor Smith vs. Ross Vanderploeg of Western Michigan
No. 15 Constantin Christ vs. Axel Lagerlof of Northern Illinois
Hunter Callahan vs. qualifying opponent
Kevin Metka vs. Filip Dzanko of DePaul
Wyatt Lippert vs. Vukasin Teofunovic of Marquette
Main Draw Doubles
Ohio State boasts the most seeded doubles teams in the tournament with three pairs seeded in the Top 16 of the main draw. Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka are seeded second overall. In addition, Connor Smith and Hunter Callahan are seeded seventh, while Chris Diaz and Constantin Christ are the No. 14 seed.
First Round Doubles Oct. 19
No. 7 Smith/Callahan vs. Lagerlof/Formont of Northern Illinois
No. 14 Diaz/Christ vs. Petrone/Zhu of Michigan
No. 2 Kobelt/Metka vs. Packowitz/Stark of Marquette
Recent Success at ITA Midwest Regionals
The Buckeyes have won the singles portion of the Midwest Regional championships five of the last six years. Ohio State also has won the doubles title the last three years. Peter Kobelt has been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ success, having won the doubles title with a different teammate each of the last two years with Matt Allare (2010) and Chase Buchanan (2011).
Under head coach Ty Tucker’s tutelage, Ohio State has claimed five of the previous six regional singles championships. 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, the Ohio State women’s tennis assistant coach and 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.
About the Regional Championships
The USTA/ITA Regional championships feature some of the top men’s and women’s players across the country. More than 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete at one of the 87 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country.
Last Time Out
Peter Kobelt finished as the runner up in the singles portion of the 2012 ITA All American Championships. The New Albany, Ohio, native fell to No. 6 Alex Domijan of Virginia 7-5, 6-1. Connor Smith finished second in consolation singles after losing to Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi 6-3, 6-4. In main draw doubles, the tandem of Kobelt and Smith lost in the second round to Shaun Bernstein and Evan King of Michigan. 8-4. The other noteworthy Buckeye in the tournament was Chris Diaz, who made one of the more impressive runs at the championships. Diaz won eight consecutive matches before falling to No. 1 seed Henrique Cunha of Duke in the second round of the main draw.
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Up Next for the Buckeyes
Ohio State is slated to compete in the B1G Indoor championships in Madison, Wis., Nov. 1.