April 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka, members of the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team, were selected to compete in the field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles tandems at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships the NCAA selection committee announced Wednesday. Kobelt was an at-large selection, while Kobelt and Meta were the Big Ten Conference’s automatic doubles qualifier. The two Buckeyes will begin competition May 21, following the NCAA team championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga, on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Ohio State will serve as one of 16 hosts of the first and second rounds of the team portion of the NCAA tennis championships starting May 9. Louisville and Wake Forest will open the Columbus regional at 10 a.m. before the third-seed Buckeyes and Bryant play at 1 p.m. The winners of the opening-round matches will meet in the second round at noon May 10. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with a valid student ID and children. All matches are scheduled to take place at Ohio State’s outdoor facility, the Varsity Tennis Courts located on Olentangy River Road. In the case of inclement weather, matches will be moved indoors at the Varsity Tennis Center on 880 W. Henderson Road.
The No. 12 seed, Kobelt is the 11th Buckeye under head coach Ty Tucker to earn a bid into the NCAA singles championship. The lone senior on the nine-time defending Big Ten champions, Kobelt is making his second appearance in the singles tournament after posting a 28-9 overall record, including a 21-5 record in dual play. In the Big Ten, Kobelt, a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection, was 9-2, compiling an 21-5 mark at No. 1 singles. Kobelt was named the 2014 Most Outstanding Player at the ITA Team Indoor Championships this past February.
Under Tucker, Kobelt and Metka are the 12th Buckeye tandem to qualify for the NCAA doubles championship. For Kobelt, this is his fourth-consecutive season for qualifying for the doubles championship with his third different doubles partner in his career. Kobelt and Metka own a 27-6 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in dual play. The duo went 9-3 vs. nationally-ranked teams in 2014. The Buckeye tandem won the doubles crown at the 2013 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional last fall in Columbus.
In addition, Kobelt and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach are alternates in the doubles competition.