2013-14 Men's Tennis Season in Review
Buckeye Tandem Reaches Final: Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka reached the championship match of the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. In a contest that featured tiebreakers to decide all three sets, the Buckeye duo fell to No. 2 seed Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) on Monday, May 26. For more on Big Ten student-athletes in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, click here and here.
Teams in the Tournament: Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Championship, marking the eighth consecutive season that the conference boasted six teams in the tournament field. The Nittany Lions won their first-round contest while the Illini reached the Round of 16 and the Buckeyes advanced to the national quarterfinals. Click here and here for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Seven Standouts Named All-Americans: Seven Big Ten standouts earned All-America status, the ITA announced on June 5. Illinois led all men's programs with four honorees as both Jared Hiltzik and Farris Gosea earned singles laurels while Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon garnered accolades in doubles. Minnesota's Leandro Toledo was named a singles All-American after reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. Ohio State added a pair of honorees as the national runner-up tandem of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka earned All-America status in doubles. Kobelt also was named a singles All-American, making him one of just seven men's tennis players to be named an All-American in both singles and doubles this season. He is now a four-time All-American, having achieved the same feat last season. Click here for more information.
National Team Indoor Champs: Ohio State captured its first ITA National Team Indoor Championship title with an impressive performance on Monday, Feb. 17, posting a 4-1 win over eventual 2014 NCAA Champion USC. The Buckeyes defeated four top-25 teams, including two top-five programs, en route to the national indoor title. Senior Peter Kobelt was named the Most Outstanding Player of the event, becoming the first Buckeye to receive the honor. Click here and here for more information.
Tournament Titans: Top-seeded Ohio State won the 2014 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament title on Sunday, April 27, after earning a 4-2 win over second-seeded Illinois to clinch the tournament crown and earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes won the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead with victories at the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions. The match was tied, 2-2, following the first three singles matches as Illinois was victorious at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions and Ohio State won at No. 3 singles. The decisive points for the Buckeyes came at the No. 5 and 6 singles positions. Click here for more on the Big Ten Tournament.
And the Awards Go To: The Big Ten men’s tennis All-Conference teams and individual awards were announced on Thursday, April 24, at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Illinois’ Farris Gosea was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire earned Freshman of the Year honors and Ohio State’s Ty Tucker picked up Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the Big Ten's honorees, click here.
Nine is Fine: Ohio State clinched the outright Big Ten Championship on Friday, April 18, after earning a 7-0 victory over Iowa. The conference title marks the ninth consecutive and 13th overall in program history. The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a record of 11-0 in Big Ten play and 27-3 overall. Click here to read more about Ohio State's Big Ten title.
In the Polls: Nine Big Ten teams, 14 singles players and 10 doubles pairs were included in the final ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on May 27 (team) and June 4 (singles and doubles). Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checked in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65. Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt led all conference singles players at No. 8, with Ilini teammates Jared Hiltzik (No. 12) and Farris Gosea (No. 20) joining him in the top 20. Kobelt and doubles partner Kevin Metka checked in at No. 2 in the doubles rankings, with Illinois’ Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon following at No. 6. Full rankings are available here.