Niehaus and Kobelt to receive performance and sportsmanship awards
Ohio State Career Honors -Two-time ITA All American (2013 singles and doubles) ... runner-up at 2012 ITA All-American Championships ... 2012 USTA/ITA Midwest Region Singles Champion ... two-time USTA/ITA Midwest Region Doubles Champion in 2010 and 2011 ... 2012 and 2013 First Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Athlete of the Week (Feb. 27, 2013) ... 2012 and 2013 Academic All-Big Ten ... four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete (2010-13).
2012-13 (Redshirt Junior Season) -Two-time ITA All-American ... runner-up at 2012 ITA All-American Championships (Sept. 29), losing to Virginia's Alex Domijan after defeating then-No. 12 Anthony Rossi and then-No. 10 Ku Singh of Georgia ... USTA/ITA Midwest Region Singles Champion (Oct. 18), defeating then-No. 53 Vlad Stefan of Michigan in the final ... began 2013 ranked No. 1 in ITA singles poll ... remained in Top 10 all season ... victories over nine ranked opponents en route to 34-7 overall singles record ... paired with Connor Smith at No. 1 doubles for 22-2 record and 10-1 mark in Big Ten play ... duo defeated eight ranked opponents and went on a 10-match win streak ... 92 career singles wins and 98 career doubles wins ... No. 11 on Ohio State career doubles wins list ... 11th on combined career wins list with 190 victories ... 7-6(3), 7-6(3) win over No. 16 Ray Sarmiento at No. 2 singles clinched a victory over No. 4 USC in 2013 NCAA Team Championship Quarterfinal (May 18) ... Big Ten Athlete of the Week (Feb. 27, 2013) ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten recipient ... Big Ten Conference automatic singles and doubles qualifier for NCAA Individual Championships.
2011-12 (Redshirt Sophomore Season) - 2012 First Team All-Big Ten selection ... finished season with 25-11 overall record in singles play (22-8 in dual action and 9-1 in Big Ten Conference play) ... highlight win of the season was downing No. 1 Mitchell Frank of No. 2 Virginia 7-5, 7-6 in semifinals of 2012 National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va.; the win helped lift Ohio State to a 4-1 victory over the Cavaliers (Feb. 19) and an appearance in the event's final ... recorded 5-1 ledger in NCAA championships (May 12-20), including 4-0 record in doubles with junior Connor Smith; beat ETSU's Jesus Bandres and Roger Ordeig 8-4, Notre Dame's Billy Pecor and Sam Keeton 8-4, Florida's Michael Alford and Florent Diep, 8-3 and UCLA's Marcos Giron and Warren Hardie, 8-4; also downed Juan Ramirez of ETSU 6-4, 6-2 in singles play ... posted 2-0 record in singles play at Big Ten Tournament (April 27-30) ... paired with Smith majority of the season, the duo compiled a 29-5 overall record, including 10-0 ledger in the Big Ten ... playing mostly at No. 3 doubles, the pair was 20-2 at that position ... partnered with senior Chase Buchanan and the duo won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Doubles Championship (Oct. 13-17) ... overall concluded the season 36-5 in doubles play ... Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
2010-11 (Redshirt Freshman Season) - Participated in first-career national collegiate tournament at 2010 D'Novo All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. (Oct. 10); compiled impressive 4-1 record in singles ... competed in first Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championship in Notre Dame, Ind. (Oct. 25); partnered with Matt Allare; duo went 6-0, including 9-8 victory vs. No. 21 Abe Souza and Dennis Nevolo of Illinois en route to claiming the doubles championship ... won five consecutive singles matches at first Big Ten Indoor Singles Championship in East Lansing, Mich. (Nov. 1) before falling to then teammate Nelson Vick in tournament final ... with Allare, duo advanced to National Indoor Championships quarterfinals in Flushing, N.Y. (Nov. 7) ... competed in four singles matches during spring season, going 3-0 with one match unfinished ... ranked as high as 68th in ITA singles rankings ... when teamed with Allare, went 25-11 including 18-9 dual mark ... tandem went 8-1 in Big Ten play and 7-9 vs. ranked opponents ... competed at No. 1 spot in doubles most of season finishing 16-7 at the position ... key doubles wins came against No. 4 Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann of Mississippi, 8-6 (Feb. 4), No. 23 Ignacio Taboada and Sadio Doumbia of Georgia, 8-6 (Feb. 6), No. 20 Brennan Boyajian and Jose Hernandez of North Carolina, 8-5 (Feb. 15) and No. 19 Evan King and Jason Jung of Michigan (April 10) ... with Allare, one of two Buckeye doubles teams competing in 2011 NCAA tournament.
2009-10 (Freshman Season) - Did not see action for the Buckeyes.
Prior to Ohio State - 2009 Division I Ohio High School Athletics Association state champion in singles at New Albany ... 2009 All-American ... four consecutive First Team All-State honors ... ranked in Top 60 in U.S. Seniors standings ... as a sophomore won 2007 Division II Ohio High School Athletics Association state championship in doubles at New Albany ... as a junior, was 2008 state runner-up in singles ... won national title in boys' 18 advanced Junior Team Tennis championship ... in basketball at New Albany, was team MVP and two-time captain ... was named to Second Team all-Ohio Capital Conference.