Four Buckeyes Named First Team All-Big Ten
April 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Peter Kobelt, Devin McCarthy, Blaz Rola and Connor Smith, members of the No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team, were named First Team All-Big Ten at the annual Big Ten tournament banquet Thursday night. Chris Diaz earned second-team laurels. Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker was recognized as Big Ten Coach of the Year for the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall.
Ohio State, which is serving as hosts of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, earned a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed and will play No. 9 seed Purdue at 9 a.m. Friday at the Varsity Tennis Courts. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 28-2 overall, including a perfect 11-0 league record.
A redshirt junior from New Albany, Ohio, Kobelt amassed 31 victories during the regular season. Splitting time at Nos. 1 and 2 singles with Rola, Kobelt, who was placed on his second first team squad, went 7-1 at No. 1 singles and 10-3 on second singles.
The only Buckeye to collect 10 Big Ten wins, McCarthy, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, has won 23 matches overall. Mostly playing at three singles, McCarthy owns a 15-2 record at that position. McCarthy also is 5-0 at No. 2 singles and 3-0 on court No. 4. The first-team honor is the first of McCarthy’s career and third overall.
Earning his third First Team All-Big Ten accolade, Rola, a junior from Ptuj, Slovenia, boasts a 21-1 overall mark, including a 15-1 ledger at No. 1 singles. Rola is 6-0 at the No. 2 position. In the conference, Rola went 9-1.
Leading the team in singles wins with 32, Smith was recognized on the league all-conference list for the first time in his career. The senior from Tampa, Fla., finished the Big Ten season 9-1. Overall, Smith has a 12-2 record at No. 4 singles, while also playing at No. 3 singles (7-0) and No. 5 singles (5-1).
In his first full season playing for the Buckeyes, Diaz, a redshirt freshman from Columbus, Ohio, has won 11 consecutive matches en route to a 29-4 overall record. Diaz posted a 9-0 record in Big Ten play. Seeing play mostly at No. 5 singles, Diaz has recorded a 15-1 mark. Diaz also is 5-2 at No. 4 singles and 1-0 on court No. 6.
In doubles, Kobelt and Smith have paired up at No.1 doubles and the tandem has compiled a 19-3 overall record, including a 10-1 ledger in the conference.
In his 14th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Tucker has led the squad to seven Big Ten tournament titles, including his first in 2001 and six consecutive from 2006-11. In all, Tucker has coached Ohio State to a 131-11 (.923) Big Ten record, while also boasting a 110-49 (.692) record vs. Top 25 teams since 2000.
In addition to his first-team honors, Rola was Ohio State’s representative as the Sportsmanship Award recipient.
2013 Men’s Tennis All-Big Ten Teams
First-Team All-Big Ten
Second-Team All-Big Ten
Unanimous selections in CAPS
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES