Junior Blaz Rola returns to the Buckeye lineup this spring after not competing during the fall.
Jan. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team opens the spring season Wednesday with a home doubleheader vs. Butler and Xavier at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will face the Bulldogs at noon, followed by the Musketeers at 6 p.m.
Ohio State is a perfect 24-0 against Butler and Xavier combined. Individually, the all-time series against the Bulldogs has Ohio State up, 13-0. When matched up against the Musketeers, the Scarlet and Gray enjoy an 11-0 record.
Strength of Schedule
Eight of Ohio State’s 2013 opponents are ranked in the Top 20 – (in order of schedule) No. 6 Georgia, No. 24 LSU, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 22 Indiana, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 16 Illinois and No. 20 Michigan.
Tough at Home
Ohio State has won 150 consecutive matches in Columbus. The streak is the longest active among Division I sports. Last season, the Buckeyes were 19-0 in Columbus, including two wins in the first round of the NCAA championships.
Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker was named director of tennis, Chris Schneider, associate athletics director for sports administration, announced in August. Tucker, the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year, has maintained his position as head coach of the men’s team, while also providing oversight and assistance to the women’s program.
Leading the way for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes is redshirt junior Peter Kobelt, the top-ranked singles player in the Campbell’s ITA College Tennis Rankings. Kobelt started the fall season ranked No. 35, but after amassing a 14-3 record at the conclusion of the fall campaign, including a 3-1 mark against nationally ranked opponents, the New Albany, Ohio, native jumped 34 spots to claim the coveted No. 1 ranking. However, Kobelt is not the only ranked Buckeye as Conner Smith and Chris Diaz are polled in the Top 30 of the ITA singles standings. No. 13 Smith and No. 30 Diaz each had impressive fall campaigns as well, amassing records of 8-3 and 8-1, respectively.
• For the seventh-consecutive season, Ohio State was crowned the Big Ten regular-season champions in 2012.
• The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 200 consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
• Since 1999, Ohio State is 314-42 (.882) when ranked in the ITA Top 25.
• Ohio State is 32-13 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
• Ohio State reached 30 wins for the seventh-consecutive season in 2012. Head coach Ty Tucker amassed at least 20 wins for the 12th-consecutive season.
• The Buckeyes won 34 of 38 doubles points in 2012.
• The Scarlet and Gray finished the 2012 season 12-4 vs. teams ranked in the ITA Top 25.
• The Buckeyes shut out 17 of their opponents in 2012.
• Blaz Rola led the team with 37 singles wins, while Chase Buchanan finished the season the doubles wins leader with 44.
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