Buckeyes Prep for Midwest Regionals

Oct. 16, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– For the third time in five years, the Ohio State men’s tennis team will serve as hosts of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional championships Thursday-Monday. The event will take place at the Varsity Tennis Center and Racquet Club of Columbus. For directions to both facilities and the complete schedule, please visit the Tournament Central page.

What Happens Next
The Midwest Regionals serve as a precursor to the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. “National Indoors” features the nation’s top men’s and women’s collegiate tennis players in a 32-player singles field and 20-team doubles field.

For more information on all the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships and the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, visit www.itatennis.com. Fans can also follow the ITA on Facebook and on Twitter.

The Important Stuff
Six Buckeyes will compete in the singles main draw of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals. Peter Kobelt paces the Buckeye field with the No. 1 seed. Earning the fourth seed is Chris Diaz, while Hunter Callahan rounds out seeded Buckeyes with the ninth seed. Kevin Metka, Marko Goles-Babic and Constantin Christ also will begin the 2013 edition of regionals in the main draw.

Three pairs of Buckeye doubles tandems will see action as well. Metka and Kobelt earned the No. 2 seed, followed by Callahan and Diaz, the seventh seed. Additionally, Goles-Babic and Christ will pair up in the main draw.

Ohio State will welcome the following schools to the 2013 edition of the Midwest Regionals played at the Varsity Tennis Center and Racquet Club of Columbus – Chicago State, Cleveland State, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Illinois, Illinois State, Illinois Chicago, IPFW, Marquette, Michigan State, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Toledo, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.

Midwest Champs
The Buckeyes have won the singles portion of the Midwest Regional championships six of the last seven years. Ohio State also has won the doubles title three times. Peter Kobelt has been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ success, having won the doubles title with a different teammate in Matt Allare (2010) and Chase Buchanan (2011). Kobelt also claimed the singles title last season.

Under head coach Ty Tucker’s tutelage, Ohio State has claimed six of the previous seven regional singles championships. The 2006-07 campaign started a streak of three consecutive Ohio State men’s tennis players winning the singles championship. Steven Moneke (2006-09) won in 2006, followed by current assistant coach Justin Kronauge (2007-10) in 2007. Bryan Koniecko, the Ohio State women’s tennis assistant coach and a 2006-09 letterwinner, faced Kronauge in the 2008 final and pulled out the victory to earn the title, while Blaz Rola was the singles champion in 2010 and 2011. Former Buckeye assistant Jeremy Wurtzman (2002-04) was the first Buckeye to win the regional title in 2003.

All-time Ohio State Midwest Regional Singles/Doubles Winners
2003 – Jeremy Wurtzman
2006 – Steven Moneke
2007 – Justin Kronauge
2008 – Bryan Koniecko
2010 – Blaz Rola
2011 – Blaz Rola
2012 – Peter Kobelt

2007 – Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge
2010 – Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt
2011 – Chase Buchanan/Peter Kobelt

Preseason Rankings
Senior Peter Kobelt earned a No. 3 ranking in the ITA men’s singles preseason standings released Sept. 6. 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.

Justin Kronauge was promoted to associate head coach Ty Tucker announced in August. In his three seasons as the Buckeye men’s assistant coach, Kronauge has helped guide Ohio State to a combined 103-10 record. In 2011, the Scarlet and Gray posted a 34-3 overall mark en route to their sixth consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The next year, Kronauge and the Buckeyes amassed a 34-4 ledger and concluded the conference regular season in first place. This past season, Ohio State posted a 35-3 record, won the league regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA championship.

On Deck
Buckeye head coach Ty Tucker announced Ohio State’s 2013-14 schedule in August. The Scarlet and Gray finished the 2012-13 season ranked No. 4 in the final Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for the second-consecutive year and faces nine teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships. Overall 15 of the programs Ohio State is scheduled to play in 2014 finished the 2013 season ranked by the ITA, including three teams in the Top 15.

“The best thing about this group is they are hungry to improve and represent the Buckeyes on the court,” Tucker, who enters his 15th season as head coach and second as director of tennis, said. “We will need this hunger because we have a very challenging schedule, but we will get some good looks at some Top 10 teams in Columbus.”