Trio of Buckeyes Set to Compete in NCAA Singles, Doubles Championships
May 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Peter Kobelt, Blaz Rola and Connor Smith, members of the Ohio State men's tennis team, will begin play at the 2013 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships Wednesday in Urbana, Ill. Taking place at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center, singles action will commence Wednesday and doubles play will start Thursday.
Live scoring and video, as well as updated brackets with start times will be available at the official NCAA Tournament Central page.
Kobelt, the seventh seed, was the Big Ten Conference's automatic singles qualifier, while Rola was an at-large selection among the field of 64. Kobelt and Smith will pair up in the 32-team doubles bracket as the league's automatic qualifier.
In the opening round of singles, Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, will face Duke's Fred Saba. Rola, who hails from Ptuj, Slovenia, will match up against California's Ben McLachlan. Earlier this season, McLachlan was forced to retire his match vs. Rola in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. In the Feb. 15 matchup, Rola was leading McLachlan, 6-3, 4-2. Kobelt and Smith, a Tampa, Fla., native, will open doubles play vs. No. 2 seed Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke.
Kobelt, currently ranked No. 8 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls, enters his match vs. Saba with a 34-8 overall record, including a 14-3 mark in tournament play. Rola, ranked No. 12, has 26 wins to his credit overall vs. just one loss. The 12th-ranked tandem of Kobelt and Smith boast a 26-4 ledger as a doubles tandem.