COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s tennis senior Matej Vocel was honored this week by being named the ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year. He is the 10th Buckeye to earn the award and the first since Martin Joyce in 2019.
Vocel enjoyed the best season of his career. He was 31-8 in singles play and 39-7 in doubles matches for a combined record of 70-15. His dominance throughout the season was rewarded as he earned All-American status via a Top 16 seed in singles and the No. 2 seed in doubles at the NCAA Championship. He and partner Robert Cash were just the fifth team to ever win the ITA All-American Championship and the ITA Fall National Championship in the same fall and nearly became the second team to follow those with an NCAA Doubles title in the spring. He was ranked in the Top 21 all season in singles and finished with 17 wins over ranked opponents. In doubles, he and Cash had 18 wins over ranked foes, and they finished the year ranked as the No. 1 doubles team in the country. In addition to his singles and doubles All-American honors this season, he also earned the same two honors in 2020.