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Dec. 3, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Peter Kobelt on the Ohio State men’s tennis team was in Europe last week, helping Team USA capture its third-consecutive championship at the Master’U BNP Paribas, held from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at the League Center in Aix-en-Provence, France.

“There is no higher honor than to represent your country and being able to bring home a gold medal makes it even more special,” Kobelt said. “I’d like to thank the USTA for inviting me as well as coach Patton and coach Augustus for making this a trip of a lifetime.” 

Team USA opened up the eight-team event with a 6-1 victory over Ireland in the quarterfinals. Kobelt defeated Julian Bradley in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. He paired with Mitchell Frank of Virginia in doubles, winning the match 6-1, 6-2.  The Americans then defeated France, 6-1, Nov. 30, in the semifinals. The native of New Albany, Ohio, Kobelt downed Gregorie Jacq, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. In the finals, Team USA notched a 6-0 shutout vs. Russia. Kobelt helped the squad clinch the title after he won his doubles match with Frank, 8-7.

Team USA’s complete results from the event are below. For more information about the Master’U BNP Paribas, visit the Official Tournament Website.

USA 6, Ireland 1 (Quarterfinals / Nov. 29)
GS1: LOHAN, Sinead (IRL) def. SANTAMARIA, Sabrina (USA) – 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
GS2: ANDERSON, Robin (USA) def. BEJENARU, Karola (IRL) – 6-1, 6-1
BS1: Kobelt, Peter (USA) def. BRADLEY, Julian (IRL) – 6-2, 6-3
BS2: GIRON, Marcos (USA) def. O’CONNELL, Fergus (IRL) – 6-2, 6-0
GD: ANDERSON/HERRING (USA) def. BEJENARU/LOHAN (IRL) – 6-4, 6-1
BD: KOBELT/FRANK (USA) def. BRADLEY/CARPENTER (IRL) – 6-1, 6-2
MD: FRANK/SANTAMARIA (USA) def. CARPENTER/KENNEDY (IRL) – 6-2, 6-4

USA 6, France 1 (Semifinals / Nov. 30)
GS1: SANTAMARIA, Sabrina (USA) def. VAN CAUTER, Anais (FRA) – 6-2, 6-1
GS2: ANDERSON, Robin (USA) def. PIQUION, Nathalie (FRA) – 6-3, 6-1
BS1: Kobelt, Peter (USA) def. JACQ, Gregoire (FRA) – 7-5, 6-3
BS2: FRANK, Mitchell (USA) def. SZEWCZYK, Lucas (FRA) – 6-2, 6-4
GD: ANDERSON/HERRING (USA) def. LOLLIA/VAN CAUTER (FRA) – 6-1, 7-5
BD: HOANG/JACQ (FRA) def. GIRON/KOBELT (USA) – 7-6(4), 5-7, (10-6)
MD: GIRON/HERRING (USA) def. HOANG/LOLLIA (FRA) – 8-1

USA 6, Russia 0 (Final / Dec. 1)
GS1: SANTAMARIA, Sabrina (USA) def. DANILINA, Anna (RUS) – 6-1, 6-4
GS2: ANDERSON, Robin (USA) def. VALETOVA, Gulia (RUS) – 6-3, 6-2
BS1: GIRON, Marcos (USA) def. GALKIN, Anton (RUS) – 6-2, 6-0
BS2: FRANK, Mitchell (USA) def. ELISTRATOV, Evgeny (RUS) – 6-4, 6-1
GD: HERRING/SANTAMARIA (USA) def. DANILINA/SAMUSEVA (RUS) – 8-6
BD: FRANK/KOBELT (USA) def. ELISTRATOV/KOZIN (RUS) – 8-7 
MD: Not Played