Men's Tennis

No. 5 Ohio State Downs No. 17 Kentucky, 4-0

Senior Peter Kobelt claimed match point for the Buckeyes on an ace at singles No. 1
Senior Peter Kobelt claimed match point for the Buckeyes on an ace at singles No. 1

Feb. 7, 2014



COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 5 Ohio State men's tennis team continued its home dominance with its seventh shutout of the season, defeating the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0 tonight at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes (8-0) now improve their home win streak to 180-consecutive matches.  

Ohio State had to dig deep in doubles, but rallied to take three singles matches. In doubles, redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz (Columbus, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach (Halle, Germany) dropped their set to Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka 6-4 on court No. 3. Redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan (Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania) and freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) were first to get on the board for the Buckeyes with a 6-5 (7-5) win on court No. 2 over Alejandro Gomez and Beck Pennington. The doubles point came down to court No. 1 and the No. 7 duo of senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) and redshirt junior Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio) saved a set point against Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai en route to winning their set 6-5 (8-6).

In singles play, the Buckeyes won the first set on five of the six courts and Steinbach was first to finish, downing No. 97 Kevin Lai 6-1, 6-2 on court No. 5. It was the first win over a ranked opponent for Steinbach this year. Metka was next to finish, defeating Jerry Lopez 6-1, 6-3 on court No. 4 to put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-0. No. 31 Kobelt sealed the victory for Ohio State with an ace, defeating No. 68 Jomby 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and play was suspended on the remaining courts. Pollanen was up 3-2 in the final set against Gomez, while Callahan was tied 3-3 in his third set against Grant Robers. Diaz went down a set and a break before winning eight of the next ten games, leading No. 55 Pennington 3-2 in the third was play was called.
The Buckeyes now turn to a big match on Sunday, facing No. 8 Texas A&M at Noon. Ohio State and the Aggies are tied in their head-to-head 4-4, with Texas A&M taking last years encounter in a tight 4-3 battle. Ohio State will then hit the road for the first time in 2014, traveling to compete in the ITA National Indoor Championships Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University. As always, admission is free.
Singles Competition
1. #31 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #68 Tom Jomby (UK) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
2. Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. Alejandro Gomez (UK) 6-4, 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #55 Beck Pennington (UK) 4-6, 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
4. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Jerry Lopez (UK) 6-1, 6-3
5. Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #97 Kevin Lai (UK) 6-1, 6-2
6. Hunter Callahan (OSU) vs. Grant Roberts (UK) 6-4, 4-6, 3-3, unfinished



Doubles Competition
1. #7 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai (UK) 6-5 (8-6)
2. Hunter Callahan/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Alejandro Gomez/Beck Pennington (UK) 6-5 (7-5)
3. Nils Ellefsen/Ryuji Hirooka (UK) def. Chris Diaz/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Kentucky 5-3; National ranking #17
Ohio State 8-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,1)
Official: Vince Solomon T-2:38 A-258


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