Sept. 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis will begin the fall season at the 2013 ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Beginning Saturday, the annual event will take place through Oct. 6.
For the second-consecutive year, Peter Kobelt is the Buckeyes’ lone entry in the main singles draw portion of the tournament. The top-ranked Buckeye is No. 3 in the ITA preseason poll. Kobelt looks for continued success in the ITA Men’s All-American championships after advancing to the 2012 final before falling 7-5, 6-1 to Virginia’s Alex Domijan, who begins the 2013 season ranked No. 2. En route to the championship match, Kobelt defeated two opponents, preseason No. 6 Marcus Giron and No. 20 Mac Styslinger, who will compete in the 2013 main draw as well.
Tentative Schedule of Play
Saturday, Sept. 28 - First & Second Round
Sunday, Sept. 29 - Third Round
Monday, Sept. 30 - First Round Singles (Note: First round qualifying singles losers will play one consolation match Tuesday morning at an off-site location)
Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Second Round Singles and First & Second Round Doubles
Wednesday, Oct. 2 - Final Qualifying Round Singles and Doubles
Thursday, Oct. 3 - First & Second Round Singles, First Round Doubles
Friday, Oct. 4 - Third Round Singles, Second Round & Quarterfinal Doubles
Saturday, Oct. 5 - Quarterfinal & Semifinal Singles, Semifinal Doubles
Sunday, Oct. 6 - Championship Matches, Singles and Doubles
Second year Buckeye and No. 69 Chris Diaz will begin competition in the qualifying singles of the ITA all-American championships. In 2012, Diaz started in the pre-qualifying stages and made one of the more impressive runs by winning eight consecutive matches before falling to then-No. 1 seed Henrique Cunha of Duke in the second round of the main draw.
Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan also begins play in the 2013 ITA Men’s All-American Championships in the qualifying singles. In the 2012, the Lower Gwynedd, Pa., native withdrew in the second round of pre-qualifying before losing to Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M in the first round of qualifying, 6-1, 7-6.
The Buckeyes will boast the duo of Kobelt and Kevin Metka in qualifying doubles. Although the tandem did not compete together often in 2012, they managed a 6-1 record, including going 3-1 in tournament play. The doubles team of Kobelt and Metka also will serve as fifth alternate for main draw doubles play.
Buckeyes in Prequalifying Singles
Kevin Metka, a redshirt junior from Worthington, Ohio, and Constantin Christ, a sophomore from Eppstein, Germany, make their second-consecutive appearances in the prequalifying singles stage of the ITA Men’s All-American championships. Christ went 3-1 last year, suffering a defeat at the hands of Wake Forest’s Adam Lee 6-4, 6-4. Metka won two matches before a loss to James McKie of Drake 6-4, 6-2.
2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Preseason Rankings
Senior Peter Kobelt earned a No. 3 ranking in the ITA men’s singles preseason standings. Kobelt is joined in the singles poll by fellow Buckeyes Chris Diaz (No. 69) and Hunter Callahan (No. 107). In doubles, Kobelt and Kevin Metka are tied for 32nd.
The Buckeyes play host for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Oct. 17 to Oct. 22. A total of 20 teams from the Midwest region, both conference and non-conference opponents, will be competing in the tournament.
Ohio State’s 2014 season begins Jan. 22 when the Buckeyes take on Butler at noon and Xavier at 6 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Varsity Tennis Center, located at 880 W. Henderson Road in Columbus, Ohio.