No. 7 Ohio State on the Road Again

Go Buckeyes! Connor Smith is second on the team in singles victories with record of 24-5
Go Buckeyes!
Connor Smith is second on the team in singles victories with record of 24-5
Go Buckeyes!

March 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will compete in two of three consecutive road matches Friday and Sunday. The Buckeyes face two Big Ten opponents in Nebraska at 4 p.m. Friday and Iowa at noon Sunday.

The Buckeyes hit the road again after three wins in five days at the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State defeated Louisville 6-1 March 19. No. 63 Purdue fell to the Buckeyes by a score of 7-0 March 22 and Indiana lost by the same 7-0 margin just two days later March 24.
In a Nutshell

  • Ohio State is 18-2 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten Conference play. The Buckeyes are 13-0 at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus. 
  • The Buckeyes improved to 332-44 (.883) since 2001 as a Top 25 team. Ohio State is 109-49 (.690) since 2000 vs. Top 25 programs.
  • In 2013, Ohio State is 6-2 vs. Top 25 programs. The Buckeyes’ only losses were at No. 15 Texas A&M, Feb. 10 and vs. No. 1 Virginia in the semifinal of the ITA Team Indoor Championship Feb. 17.
  • Following their win vs. Indiana, the Scarlet and Gray extended their home win streak to 163 matches. The Buckeyes’ last loss at home was a 5-2 setback vs. Illinois April 5, 2003. 
  • In the early portion of the Big Ten season, Ohio State is in a tie for first place with a 3-0 conference record and overall mark of 18-2. Illinois also is 3-0 and has an overall record of 8-6.
  • Redshirt junior Peter Kobelt leads the Buckeyes in singles wins with 25. With a 25-5 overall record that includes a 11-2 mark in dual play, Kobelt is 5-1 and 6-1 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. 
  • Junior Blaz Rola is 14-0 overall with a 10-0 record at No. 1 singles and 4-0 mark at the No. 2 position. 
  • The Buckeyes are earning impressive victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles from Hunter Callahan and Constantin Christ. Callahan, a redshirt sophomore, is 5-0 at No. 5 singles. Freshman Christ is 9-0 on court No. 6.
  • In doubles action, the duo of Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen are a team-best 15-1 overall. The tandem has posted a 10-1 record at No. 2 doubles and a 5-0 mark at the top position. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka has posted an Ohio State best 18-2 overall record in doubles, which includes a 17-1 ledger in dual play. Metka is 14-0 at No. 3 doubles.



Cornhuskers Comparison
The Nebraska men’s tennis team is currently ranked No. 50 in the ITA polls, and is 10th in the Big Ten standings. The Cornhuskers are 0-2 in B1G play and 8-7 overall. Playing ranked competition is nothing unusual for Nebraska. Five of the Cornhuskers seven losses and four of their eight victories have come against ranked opponents. The all-time series between Ohio State and Nebraska, consisting of just three matches, has the Buckeyes undefeated at 3-0.

Hawkeye History
Iowa and Ohio State have competed in 66 matches all-time. The Buckeyes lead the series by a record of 34-22. Additionally, Ohio State teams are a perfect 13-0 vs. Iowa since Ty Tucker became head coach in 1999. On the year, the Hawkeyes are 0-2 in the Big Ten and an even 7-7 overall. Iowa has been strong at home thus far, with six of its eight wins coming in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Last time Ohio State visited Iowa City was 2011, and the Buckeyes came away from the match 5-2 victors.

ITA Rankings
A quintet of Buckeyes is ranked in the Top 100 of the ITA individual standings released March 26. Peter Kobelt paces the Buckeyes with a No. 4 ranking, while Blaz Rola is No. 13. Connor Smith is polled 43rd and Chris Diaz is ranked 59th. Devin McCarthy rounds out the ranked group at the No. 84 spot.

In doubles, Kobelt and Smith moved up to the No. 13th spot. The pair of McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen is No. 27 and Rola and Kevin Metka are ranked 57th.

B1G Tournament Action
Ohio State will host the 2013 Big Ten Tournament April 25-28 at the Varsity Tennis Courts. The Buckeyes have won the conference tournament eight times – 1991, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Third Straight Road Test
The Scarlet and Gray will travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the Wildcats at 2 p.m. April 3. The match against Kentucky will be the Buckeyes third-consecutive match away from Columbus.