September 27, 2018

ITA Men’s All-American Championships Update



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TULSA, Okla. – For the first time in school history, Ohio State has won the ITA All-American Singles Championship after JJ Wolf’s dominating week and emphatic victory in the final.

Wolf entered the tournament ranked No. 17 in the ITA’s Preseason National rankings. That soon will change after the junior took home the title on Monday after defeating Nuno Borges of Mississippi State 6-0, 7-6(3).

Wolf found rhythm and gained momentum early on, winning the first set with ease. Borges took control of the second seat early and saw himself in a decent position. But Wolf battled back, catching up and eventually the two began to trade sets from 3-3 to 6-6. In the tiebreaker Wolf put the finishing touches on his tournament with some excellently placed shots.

Wolf never lost a set at the ITA All-American Championships and became the first Ohio State Buckeye to ever take the singles title in the competition. Ohio State previously had winners in doubles in 2004 and 2011.

Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig also competed for a title on Monday in the doubles final. The pair also held momentum going into their match but fell short to the pairing of Bendeck/Lah of Baylor 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 8-10. It was the first time all tournament that the Buckeye tandem had lost a set. In the end the pair showed what they were capable of for the 2018-19 campaign.

John McNally was also defeated on Monday in the consolation bracket singles final. McNally matched up against Christian Sigsgaard of Texas but fell 1-6, 2-6.

Ohio State had a solid run in Tulsa over the last ten days. Ohio State had a representative in each of the four finals at the championships and will look to build off their performances for the events to come.


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TULSA, Okla. – A perfect day for Ohio State in Tulsa on Sunday as JJ Wolf advances to the singles final, John McNally advances to the singles consolation final, while the doubles pair of Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig are in the final of the doubles competition.

Junior JJ Wolf will play for the ITA All-American Singles Championship on Monday after defeating Emil Reinberg of Georgia 6-0, 7-6(4). Wolf started the match emphatically with a dominating first set. Reinberg put Wolf to work in the second set but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Buckeye.

Wolf will compete for the singles title on Monday at 10 am EST against Nuno Borges of Mississippi State.

Sophomore John McNally was also victorious on Sunday with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Johannes Ingildsen of Florida. McNally will compete for the consolation bracket title on Monday with a match up against Christian Sigsgaard of Texas at 10 am EST.

The red-shirt junior tandem partnership of Kyle Seelig and Alex Kobelt have caught fire this week and have not looked back. The pair advanced to the ITA All-American Doubles title with a Sunday win over the duo of Andrade/Crawford of Florida. The Buckeyes defeated the Gators 7-5, 6-4.

In the final, Kobelt and Seelig will face the pairing of Bendeck/Lah of Baylor. The match will take place at 11 am EST on Monday.



TULSA, Okla. – JJ Wolf is on to the semifinals in the singles main draw while Kyle Seelig and Alex Kobelt’s success in the doubles competition continues.

Junior JJ Wolf secured back-to-back victories on Saturday to place himself in the semifinals. Wolf started the day with a commanding 6-2, 6-2 victory over Paul Jubb of South Carolina and followed it up in the quarterfinals win over Alex Lebedev of Notre Dame 6-4, 7-6(2).

In the semi finals, Wolf matches up against Emil Reinberg of Georgia on Sunday at 11 am EST.

On the other side of the singles bracket, Kyle Seelig started Saturday off with a win over Will Little of Baylor. The first set was back and forth, but Seelig held the upper hand and won 7-6(2). Seelig followed it up with a domination second set 6-0 to finish the match victorious. In his second match of the day, in the quarterfinals, Seelig came up short against Alex Brown of Illinois 6-2, 6-3.

Seelig’s tournament continues on Sunday in the doubles competition. The tandem of Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig have advanced the semifinals in the doubles main draw after defeating Brumm and Kikuchi of California 6-2, 6-3. Kobelt and Seelig are catching fire and next face Andrade/Crawford of Florida on Sunday at 3 pm EST.

In addition to the Buckeye’s success, their placements so far at the ITA All-American Championships have qualified them for the ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Arizona in November.

John McNally has advanced to the semifinals of the singles consolation bracket. McNally faces Johannes Ingildsen of Florida at 11 am EST on Sunday. McNally’s first opportunity to qualify for the Fall Championships are Sunday and Monday in Tulsa. A consolation bracket title qualifies McNally for the tournament in November.



TULSA, Okla. – JJ Wolf and Kyle Seelig are catching fire at the ITA All-American Championships as the two advance to the round of 16 in singles, with Seelig advancing in doubles as well. In addition, the doubles pair of Hunter Tubert and Martin Joyce were defeated on Friday.

The doubles tandem of Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig are on to the quarterfinals in the doubles main draw after they defeated Cukierman/Smith of USC on Friday 7-6(3), 6-4. Up next for Seelig and Kobelt on Saturday are Brumm and Kikuchi of California.

In addition to success in doubles, Kyle Seelig displayed tremendous fight in a comeback victory over Lucas Poullain of Flordia State. Seelig started the match slow, losing the first set 0-6. It was the second set that set the tone for the remainder of the match as Seelig responded with a 7-5 win and followed it up with a dominant 6-2 third set. Seelig grew into the match and looks to continue his hot streak against Will Little of Baylor.

Junior JJ Wolf followed Seelig’s lead with a commanding victory over Kody Pearson of Tulsa 6-1, 6-2. Wolf held his own on the court and was able to place his shots the entirety of the match. Wolf has a late-morning match up on Saturday with Paul Jubb of South Carolina in the quarterfinals.

The senior tandem of Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert were defeated on Friday in the doubles round of 16 6-3, 6-4.



TULSA, Okla. – An overall decent day for the Buckeyes on Thursday as the doubles tandems of Kobelt/Seelig and Joyce/Tubert advanced while JJ Wolf and Kyle Seelig moved onto the next round of the singles main draw.

Junior JJ Wolf advanced to the second round of the singles main draw with ease on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Strahinja Rakic of Mississippi State. On Friday at 11:30 am EST, Wolf will face Kody Pearson of Tulsa.

Red-shirt junior Kyle Seelig also moved on to the second round in singles by making an impressive comeback over Rodrigo Banzer of Texas. Seelig started the match slow, dropping the first set 4-6. But a dominant 6-0 second shifted momentum and helped him edge Banzer 7-6(5) in the final set. Seelig will match up with Lucas Poullain of Flordia State on Friday at 10 am EST.

The doubles pairing of Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert took down Harrison Scott and Christian Sigsgaard 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday. The duo are gaining momentum at the moment grabbing their fourth doubles win of the week. Up next for the pair will be Bendeck/Lah of Baylor. They will compete at 2 pm EST on Friday.

Joining the two seniors in doubles are Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig. The tandem of red-shirt juniors are also riding a four-match win streak after their victory on Thursday over Jarod Hing and Daniel Siddall of Tulsa. The Buckeyes won comfortably 6-1, 6-4. In the second round Kobelt and Seelig take on Cukierman/Smith of USC at 2 pm EST on Friday.

In addition, sophomore John McNally was defeated on Thursday in the singles main draw 6-3, 6-4 by No. 1 seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State.



TULSA, Okla. – Doubles tandems of Joyce/Tubert and Kobelt/Seelig have advanced to the round of 16 while Kyle Seelig advanced to the singles round of 32 in the qualifying bracket on Monday.

Seniors Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert advanced to the round of 16 in the doubles qualifying bracket on Monday after defeating Boyden/Kodali of North Carolina 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round. The pair followed up their opening win by taking down the duo of Evrard/Nesterenko of Nevada 6-4, 6-4. in the round of 32.

Tubert and Joyce will next match up with Alastair Gray and Reese Stalder of TCU in the round of 16.

Red-shirt juniors Alex Kobelt and Kyle Seelig have also advanced to the final 16 with a 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 victory over the pairing of Nittolo/Shengkoay of the university at Buffalo.The Buckeyes started slow but responded with a second set win before a hard-fought third set to capture the victory.  In the round of 32, the Buckeyes defeated the tandem of Del Rio/Delgado of UT Arlington 6-3, 6-3.

Meeting the Buckeyes in the next round will be Fabian Fallert and Finn Reynolds of Ole Miss.

In addition to advancing in doubles, Kyle Seelig has found himself in the second round of the singles qualifying bracket with a 6-1, 6-3 win over North Carolina’s Bo Boyden on Monday.



TULSA, Okla. – Ohio State’s final two competitors in the pre-qualfiying singles bracket fell on Sunday afternoon as senior Hunter Tubert and red-shirt junior Alex Kobelt were defeated in the round of 64.

Tubert went up against Eddie Stoica of Wichita State and battled for the first set but lost 6-7(9) and would lose the second set 4-6.

Kobelt had an afternoon matchup with Lucas Taylor of Northern Arizona and also played two hard-fought matches but fell short in each, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Martin Joyce, Kyle Seelig and Tim Seibert will make their tournament debut on Monday in the single’s qualifiers.

Doubles play begins this week with Wolf/McNally, Joyce/Tubert and Kobelt/Seelig all competing starting Monday.



TULSA, Okla. – A decent start to the tournament for the Buckeyes on Saturday as Hunter Tubert and Alex Kobelt advanced to the round of 64 in the pre-qualifiers, freshman James Trotter picked up his first win while Jacob Wareti was defeated in a hard-fought match.

To start the day, Wareti matched up against Tad Maclean of Auburn. Wareti started the match well, winning the first set 7-5, but would fall short in consecutive sets 1-6, 4-6. Wareti will take on Jan Kirchhoff of San Diego State on Sunday in the consolation singles bracket.

Freshman James Trotter won his first match for the Buckeyes defeating Lucas Grief of Florida in two sets 6-3, 6-2. Trotter would then take on Axel Nefve of Notre Dame in the round of 128 but would be defeated 6-3, 6-2.

Senior Hunter Tubert started the weekend with a bye, but no warmup was needed as he defeated Brandon Lancaster of Louisville 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the round of 64. Tubert takes on Eddie Stoica of Wichita State on Sunday.

Alex Kobelt also saw success on Saturday as he defeated Diego Giraldo of UMKC 6-3, 7-6(5) and then advanced to the round of 64 with a win over Chris Edge of MTSU in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.  Kobelt next faces Lucas Taylor of Northern Arizona on Sunday.




TULSA, Okla. – Four Ohio State players will compete in pre-qualifying singles matches at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa this weekend.

Red-shirt sophomore Jacob Wareti will face Tad Maclean of Auburn at 9 a.m. EST.

Red-shirt junior Alex Kobelt will start the tournament with a match against Diego Giraldo of UMKC at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Starting around  1 p.m. EST will be freshman James Trotter. Trotter will be matching up against Lucas Grief of Florida. This is Trotter’s first event representing Ohio State.

Senior Hunter Tubert begins the weekend with a first round bye. Tubert will face the winner of Brandon Freestone of Gerogria Tech and Brandon Lancaster of Louisville on Saturday at 5 p.m. EST.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will begin the season as a team at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. this weekend. The tournament commences Saturday September 29 with the pre-qualifiers, followed by the qualifiers from October 1-2, with the main draw taking place from October 4-8.

Competing in Tulsa next week are the following:

Main draw singles: John McNally, JJ Wolf and Kyle Seelig (alternate)

Qualifying singles: Kyle Seelig, Martin Joyce and Tim Seibert

Pre-Qualifying singles: Hunter Tubert, James Trotter, Alex Kobelt and Jacob Wareti

Main draw doubles alternates: Martin Joyce/Hunter Tubert

Qualifying doubles: John McNally/JJ Wolf, Martin Joyce/Hunter Tubert, Alex Kobelt/Kyle Seelig