Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The Buckeye duo, which is ranked No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll, began its NCAA doubles run with a 6-1, 6-2 win over alternate doubles pair Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina. The match marked the first time Metka and Kobelt have been paired together since March 28 and improve to 28-6 on the season. Metka and Kobelt will play 26th-ranked Russell Bader and Leonard Stakhovsky of Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the round of 16.
In his final singles match as a Buckeye, Kobelt, from New Albany, Ohio, fell to Oklahoma’s Dane Webb in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, in the NCAA singles second round. Both the first and second sets stayed on serve until 5-5 when Webb was able to break Kobelt en route to the second-round win. At 5-5 in the first, Webb sent a cross-court shot from the baseline to break Kobelt and went on to hold for a 7-5 win. In the second set at 5-5, Kobelt went down 15-40 vs. Webb and could not recover and was broken once again during the 11th game.
The 2014 ITA National Most Improved Senior, Kobelt concludes his senior campaign with a final overall singles record of 31-10, having amassed 123 singles wins (sixth-best all-time) in his five-year career donning the Scarlet and Gray.