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May 21, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Senior Peter Kobelt  on the Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday evening in Athens, Ga. The native of New Albany, Ohio, Kobelt defeated alternate Daniel Cochrane of Auburn 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, on court No. 4 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.

Nine of the 14 seeds fell on day one in the men’s draw, including the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th seeds. No. 11 Kobelt was originally scheduled to play Roberto Quiroz of team-champion USC, but Quiroz withdrew and Cochrane, ranked No. 62, filled in for the first-round matchup.

The first set was all Cochrane, who went up 5-0 before Kobelt won his lone game of the set. The second set was on serve until 4-3, where Kobelt, the ITA National Most Improved Senior, slammed a forehand winner to break Cochrane. A big serve by Kobelt gave the Buckeye the second set, but Cochrane still fought by going up 0-30 on the first two Kobelt service games of the final set. Three big serves and an aggressive rally leveled the match at 1-1 and back-to-back aces evened things at 2-2. The set stayed on serve until 4-4, where a huge forehand return down the line, followed up with a mix of play gave Kobelt the break. Kobelt served out the match and ended it with an ace out wide, securing his place in the second round.

Thursday at 12:30 p.m., Kobelt plays No. 41 Dane Webb of national team runner-up Oklahoma, who downed Texas A&M’s No. 19 Harrison Adams 6-0, 7-5. Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio), who pair up to make the No. 4 doubles duo, will face No. 23 Webb and Andrew Harris of Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. Kobelt and Metka earned a tiebreaker win when Ohio State played Oklahoma March 7 in Norman, Okla. 

Metka also was named to the 2014 NCAA All-Tournament Team with freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) at No. 2 doubles announced Tuesday evening at the championships.