Ohio State Men's Tennis Captures Program's First Indoor National Title

By 11W Staff on February 17, 2014 at 5:00p

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The No. 5 Ohio State men's tennis team throttled No. 3 USC 4-1 today at the ITA National Indoor Championships to claim the program's first indoor national title.

Redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach clinched the championship for the Buckeyes, defeating USC's Connor Farren 6-5(7-4), 6-4. No. 23 Peter Kobelt defeated No. 7 Ray Sarmiento 6-3,6-4 to put the Buckeyes up 3-1. It was the second-consecutive top-10 win for Kobelt.

“When you beat two teams back-to-back that have been dominating college tennis the last five years, it’s a great accomplishment.”– Coach Ty Tucker

Ohio State captured the doubles point and three of the four completed singles matches to defeat the Trojans, whose last loss was to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships last May.

“We were able to set the tone early on and Steinbach and Diaz fought back with five straight points in doubles to get it started,” head coach Ty Tucker said. “We rode Metka and Kobelt hard at No. 1 all weekend and they were able to win all of their matches for us. When you beat two teams back-to-back that have been dominating college tennis the last five years, it’s a great accomplishment. Everyone is playing for the team and the only thing that matters to these guys is that Ohio State wins.”

Kobelt, a senior, said the win was for more than just the current roster. “This trophy we are bringing back is for all the former members that have played at Ohio State. This is a great accomplishment.”

Here's a little celebration video to warm your heart on this cold February day.

Tucker's squad earned a berth in the championship by defeating No. 1 Virginia in the semifinals yesterday, snapping a 36-match winning streak by the Cavaliers. Something tells us there will be a new No. 1 team in the land when the next set of team rankings are released.


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buckeyeEddie27's picture

And Gene gets a bonus!         

Most importantly though....Congrats Guys! 



I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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Royball's picture

Has to feel extra sweet for these guys, considering that we've had our National Title runs foiled year after year by USC for about 5-6 years now.

4-6 seconds of relentless effort

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TMac's picture

Congratulations Tennis Bucks!!

ONE Not Done!

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bukyze's picture

Congratulations guys!  'Bout time we finally broke through!

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wilkins0802's picture

Congrats boys!

Truth & Courage, 1-17IN, 5/2 SBCT


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BuckeyeNewc's picture

Congratulations Coach Tucker!!!!!!!

Ohio by birth, Buckeye by choice.


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OH_IO's picture

Nice to see the serve and volley is coming back to men's tennis.

Go Bucks!

Oh yeah... Is it reasonable?

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Hockey Buck's picture

Finally a Team Championship!  Great way to lay claim to the outdoor championship 3 months from now. Congrats fellas and thanks.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Awesome achievement, the buckeye tennis team has been one of the top ranked programs in the country for a few years now.  Love tennis, played for about 30 years until injuries forced me off the court.  The closest I could ever come to the feeling of dunking a basketball was smashing an overhead into the open court.  A couple of times I bounced the overhead over the fence, which feels pretty good when you're 5'8" tall LOL.  These guys are phenomenal, in my prime I doubt I could have won a point against any of them.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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IGotAWoody's picture

Tennis Bucks have just put the icing on an incredible run of dominant tennis over the past decade. Ty Tucker is the MAN!!

Remember, Blaz Rola won the singles championship this past season. Also, the Bucks currently have a 180 match home winning streak going. They haven't lost a home match since like, 2002 or 2003!!


“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

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Seattle Linga's picture

I love me some Buckeye Tennis - congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bucknut94's picture

Great job Buckeyes!! Another national champ trophy.

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Menexenus's picture

Well done, gents!  We Buckeye fans love us a championship team!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

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gravey's picture

OH!  That's awesome!  Many congratulations! Very proud of the boys!


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Seattle Linga's picture

I was so excited last year when I watched Blaz win the singles championship but this takes it to another level

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Suck on that ESPN


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OhioT's picture

Awesome!!!!!! Congrats boys!!!

Dad, what's a "Loss"?
I don't know son, we're Buckeye fans.

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Poison nuts's picture

While I'm a big football fan, I actually play tennis a lot & love it! Go Bucks.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Barnsey69's picture

Fantastic accomplishment! Tennis is a very competitive sport, and against USC just makes it awesome times infinity!

Go Bucks! That's how you do it football!!!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

ibuck's picture

Fabulous news. I've also played a lot of tennis, and have seen the US Open in NYC a couple times.  But I wish I could have seen this.

Congrats to Buckeyes for persevering and getting it done, and to coach Tucker for building a great program.  Redshirting in tennis? Whoa!

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

Hopefully they bring home the NCAA National Title in May. 

I like the bux.

SaudiBuckeye's picture

Fantastic news to start the day!