Thursday, May 29, 2014

Boys State Tournament

The OHSAA State Tournament is this Friday and Saturday at the Ohio State Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts. Play begins Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Congratulations to all of the Central Ohio Qualifiers including:
Division I Doubles: C.J. Cash / Alex Kobelt (New Albany)
Division I Doubles: Anthony Yang / Tyler Holsopple (Upper Arlington)
Division I Singles: Jeffrey Melvin (Upper Arlington)
Division II Singles: Jacob Wareti (Columbus Academy)

More info including draws can be found at Ohsaa

Division I Singles Draw
Division I Doubles Draw
Division II Singles Draw
Division II Doubles Draw

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Finals For the Ages

Ohio States's Doubles Team of Kevin Metka and Peter Kobelt competed in as close of a NCAA finals match as possible.  They played the Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese and fell just short 6-7 (4) 7-6 (3) 6-7 (8).  It was the closest Men's Doubles Finals match in modern NCAA (since 1977) history, marking the first time that 3 tiebreak sets were played.  There were no breaks of serve in the entire match.  Ohio State fought off some break points, including match points at 5-6 in the 2nd, whereas Tennessee never faced a break point the entire match.  
Metka and Kobelt were 2 points away from a wild card birth into the US Open.  Peter finished his career playing one of the most memorable matches of all time, posting 142 career doubles wins, first all time at Ohio State.  Kevin returns next year, after posting 43 doubles wins this year, 3rd all time for a single season at OSU.
The commentators on numerous occasions commented on the ATP level quality of the match, and said they would put Metka and Kobelt against anyone in the world besides the Bryan Brothers on a grass court.  Congratulations to the Tennessee team as they continued to hit excellent volleys on huge points. Congratulations to both Metka and Kobelt on an incredible run, and the team on an amazing season.
In addition to 42 doubles wins, Kevin's season included:
ITA Midwest Indoor Doubles Champions
ITA National Indoor Doubles Consolation Champions
ITA Team Indoor Champions (Clinching win over Texas in qtr and Virginia in semis)
ITA National Indoor All Tournament Team at #1 Doubles and #5 Singles
Big 10 Champions
NCAA Team Championships Quarterfinalist (Saved Match Points in Clinching Match vs Florida)
NCAA All Tournament Team in Doubles with Herko Pollanen
NCAA Doubles Finalist

The match is being replayed on here

Tennesse Article
Ohio State Article
Zootennis Article
Dispatch Article

Friday, May 23, 2014

High School Districts

The High School Central Division Districts are today and tomorrow.  Division I will be held at Hilliard Davidson and Division II will be held at Columbus Academy.  Congratulations to all of the District Qualifiers including

Division I Singles:
Jeffrey Melvin (Upper Arlington)
Rohan Gupta (Worthington Kilbourne)
Jonathan Zhuravel (Olentangy Orange)

Division I Doubles:
C.J. Cash / Alex Kobelt (New Albany)
David Kim (Hilliard Darby)
Sean Ferguson / Rohith Koneru (Dublin Scioto)
Jason Liu / Michael Lin (Dublin Jerome)
Anthony Yang / Tyler Holsopple (Upper Arlington)

Division II Singles:
Austin Lawrence (Columbus Academy)
Temidayo Dairo (Wellington)
Evan Rodgers (Wellington)
Jacob Wareti (Columbus Academy)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NCAA Tennis Championships

The individual singles and doubles NCAA championships started yesterday.  Kevin Metka and Peter Kobelt are seeded 4th and take on Andrew Harris and Dane Webb from Oklahoma today at 5:30 P.M.  The match can be streamed online.
Peter Kobelt is also in the 2nd round of the singles playing Dane Webb right now.

The team lost to a great UCLA team in the Quarterfinals, concluding an amazing season which included their 1st ITA National Indoor Championship.  The following is from the zootennis article about Metka clinching the win against Florida.
"Metka, who seems incapable of any negative emotion on the court, kept serving and volleying, or chipping and charging, regardless of the importance of the point, and he cracked an ace to make it 5-5."
Ohio State coach Ty Tucker was happy it came down to Metka.

"It was tough, and I'm not sure if we deserved to win, but we had the right horse. For the last match on, we had who we wanted out there," said Tucker. "He misses a first serve, he says 'Go Bucks', he makes an error he says 'Go Bucks', he wins a point, it's 'Go Bucks'. It's Groundhog Day for sure, but we had the right guy out there. He wasn't thought about, he wasn't recruited at the Division I level. And all the guy ever wanted to do was be relevant in Division I tennis, and he's put his heart and soul into it." 

GCTA Girls 16s Qualifier

The Girls 16s Qualifier finished last week, with 3 of the top 6 finishers being from RCC.  
Congratulations to Olivia Kompa for reaching the Finals, Ashley Tan for finishing 3rd, and Alex Cash for finishing 6th.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Otterbein Women's Tennis

Congratulations to the Otterbein women's tennis team for making the NCAA Division III Championships.  Otterbein set a school record for wins in a season with 20, and qualified for their 1st NCAA championships.  They lost to Trinity 5-2 1st round.
Sophomore Adrien Leatherwood earned honorable mention All-OAC.

Orange Ball Champion

Congratulations to Bryce Page for winning the 10 and Under Orange Ball Earned Advancement Tournament last weekend at Scarborough.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ncaa tournament starts today

The Ohio State Men's Tennis team enters the Ncaa Tournament as the 3 seed. They are hosting Bryant today at 1:00 P.M.  At 10:00 A.M. Louisville takes on Wake Forest.   The winners will play tomorrow at 12:00 P.M.  
The winner will advance to the round of 16 next weekend at the University of Georgia. 
Kevin Metka and Peter Kobelt will also be the 4 seeds in the Doubles championships. 

Qualifier Champion

Congratulations to Maddie Atway for winning the Girls 10s Area Qualifier last weekend.