Ohio State Men's Tennis Sets NCAA Record for Home Win Streak

By Jason Priestas on March 29, 2014 at 7:30a

While you were busy watching the college basketball tournament, the No. 2 Ohio State men's tennis team set an incredible NCAA record Friday night.

With a 4-3 win over No. 28 Northwestern, the Buckeyes won their 185th-consecutive home match, breaking the intercollegiate record set by the Stanford women's tennis team from 1999-2011. 185 matches in a row. Let that sink in for a minute.

It was also win 415 for head coach Ty Tucker, who's built a juggernaut during his time with the Buckeyes.

“To be able to win 185 matches in-a-row at home says a lot about the quality of the mindset of the 11 years of student-athletes that we’ve had at Ohio State,” Tucker said. “They don’t take anything for granted. They got up this morning, they put in the practice and they want to win in a bad way. They’re well coached as far as knowing that everybody is coming in here to give it their best shot.  Nobody wants to lay down for the Buckeyes.”

Senior Peter Kobalt, the nation's No. 8 player, clinched the match for Ohio State and won his ninth consecutive match to improve to 21-5.

“There was a moment where I thought to myself that the match was going to come down to me,” Kobelt said. “I definitely had some moments in the set where I was playing pretty tight, but I knew I had to keep my composure.  It’s a great feeling to be a part of something so special.”

Ohio State will get a test when they try to extend the record with a home match against No. 10 Illinois on Sunday in Columbus.


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PalmettoNut's picture

Congrats to this team and the teams before it for setting the new record!

Very impressive.

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Menexenus's picture

Great job, guys!  Keep the streak going, Tennis-bucks. #BuckeyePride


Real fans stay for Carmen.

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Normal Buck's picture

Wow!  Any word whether Gene Smith will receive a bonus for this?

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buckeyeradar's picture

LOL!  No bonus but he would have picked up a trophy for participating if he had been there.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Talk about achieving consistent excellence, wow!  If Meyer hasn't already facilitated this, he should have Ty Tucker talk to our football team.  Ditto for Thad, have Coach Tucker give our basketball team a pep talk.

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

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IGotAWoody's picture

I read Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open, and he talked a great deal about his time at the Bollettierii Tennis Academy, especially about one of his primary rivals while there, Ty Tucker. Dude was a gutsy, tenacious player and has evolved into one of the dominant coaches in college tennis. Congrats, for all you've done, and for your continued success, Coach!!

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

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great job guys!  185 in a row is insane.  Best of luck keeping that streak going!

Go Bucks!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

I absolutely love what Ty has done with this team.................

Excellent accomplishment and one to be very proud of as a fan.

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gravey's picture

GO BUCKEYES!  This should have more than a half dozen comments.  I love football and hoops, but I'm also pretty jacked with the Bucks win championships in other sports....but because the other sports are hardly ever on TV, it's hard to really be a fan.

Still - this is crazy impressive.

BeijingBucks's picture

Fantastic achievement. I can't imagine the pressure that kid must have been feeling knowing the entire record was sitting on his individual shoulders. Cajones grandes!

high fives all around

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