and Kevin Metka
, members of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The eighth day of the tournament turned out to be the hottest so far with temperatures in the low 90’s, but that didn’t slow down the fourth-seeded Buckeye duo, who defeated No. 26 Leonard Stakhovsky and Russell Bader of Penn State, 6-1, 7-6(3) in the round of 16 match.
The No. 3 Buckeyes will now face the winner of No. 67 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (Denver) and No. 16 Lloyd Glasspool/Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) Saturday (time TBD). With the victory, Kobelt and Metka become the third doubles pair in Ohio State history to reach the quarterfinals and improve to 29-6 overall in 2014. The two also garner All-American status with the round of 16 win with Kobelt earning his third honor, while Metka picks up his first career All-America laurel.
The Scarlet and Gray jumped out to early 5-0 lead after claiming two breaks vs. the Nittany Lions to win the first set, 6-1. The Penn State duo fought its way back in a back-and-fourth battle to force a second set tiebreaker after both sides were able to hold on to serve. In the tiebreaker, a mixture of big serves by Kobelt and solid volleys at the net by Metka guided them to a 7-3 winning finish. Kobelt smashed a served that couldn’t be returned successfully to clinch match point.
Earlier this year, the Buckeye pair defeated Glasspool/Hess-Olesen at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships by a score of 6-2. Check back at OhioStateBuckeyes.com
for an update on the Buckeyes’ quarterfinal match.