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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