Men's Tennis: Kevin Metka's Heroics Carry Buckeyes Past Gators, into NCAA Elite Eight

By 11W Staff on May 17, 2014 at 6:00a
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Despite entering the NCAA tournament as the three seed, the Ohio State men's tennis team was staring down an early exit at the hands of No. 14 Florida late Friday night at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

With the score tied 3-3 and Kevin Metka down 4-1 in the third set, the redshirt junior rallied for a 10-8 tiebreaker victory over Florida's Mike Alford to clinch a 4-3 win for the Buckeyes and extend the school's streak of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals to nine years.

“He [Metka] misses a first serve, he says ‘Go Bucks’, he makes an error, he says ‘Go Bucks’, he wins a point he says, ‘Go Bucks,” head coach Ty Tucker said. “The guy loves to play tennis. He puts his heart and soul into it and never gets down on himself and keeps fighting.”

Metka, a second team All-Big Ten selection this season, was pumped after the thrilling 6-3, 5-7, 5-6(8) win, which ended after midnight, saying, “It's the best match I've ever won.”

While Metka got the winner, Ohio State also needed ace Peter Kobelt – roommate of Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman – to deliver after falling in a 3-2 hole against the Gators. As he's done all season, Kobelt delivered, topping No. 51 Florent Diep 6-4, 7-6(3), setting up Metka for the heroics.

Ohio State will face No. 6 seed UCLA at 4 p.m. Sunday


Singles
1. #11 Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #51 Florent Diep (UF), 6-4, 7-6(3)
2. #108 Gordon Watson (UF) def. #109 Herkko Pollanen (OSU), 7-5, 6-2
3. Maxx Lipman (UF) def. #101 Ralf Steinbach (OSU), 6-4, 7-6(5)
4. Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Chris Diaz (OSU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Hunter Callahan (OSU) def. #98 Elliott Orkin (UF), 6-2, 7-5
6. Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Mike Alford (UF), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(8)

Doubles
1. #24 Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) def. #20 Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) – 8-3
2. Kevin Metka/Herkko Pollanen (OSU) def. Maxx Lipmann/Elliot Orkin (UF) – 8-4
3. Chris Diaz/Hunter Callahan (OSU) vs. Diego Hidalgo/Mike Alford UF – 7-6, unfinished

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BoFuquel's picture

GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

+3 HS
PoKeY21's picture

With 6 matches and each team winning 3 whats the deciding factor as to who won the match? Sorry I'm a noob at tennis.

When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass

Whoa Nellie's picture

The team that wins 2 of 3 doubles matches (played as 1 "pro set", i.e. to 8 games by 2) gets 1 point.  Once that point is clinched, the remaining doubles match was suspended (with the Buckeye leading).  They then move on to the 6 singles matches, best of 3 sets, each worth 1 point.  So, 7 points total; 4 to win the match.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

+6 HS
Poison nuts's picture

Go ahead tennis Bucks! 

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

+1 HS
MrChengsaw's picture

Best of 3 doubles matches for 1 point.

Buckeye5000's picture

Great! (Eight)

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
Horvath22's picture

Love tennis Bucks!

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Awesome...and a win over Florida to boot.

Go Buckeyes.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

+5 HS
Whoa Nellie's picture

Second win over FL this season.  Little tougher this time.

BTW, you can watch the matches on live stream here:

http://www.ncaa.com/division-i-tennis-championships

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

+4 HS
BHT's picture

Great win Mr. Metka, and great win for the tennis team. On to the quarterfinals!

+1 HS
IGotAWoody's picture

The GOLDEN ERA of BUCKEYE SPORTS people! Enjoy it!

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

I watched this live on line and about had a heart attack when Metka went down 4-1 in the third set. 

Great job Bucks! Go get those Bruins tomorrow.

Byaaaahhh's picture

I heard he didn't even start playing tennis until high school and wasn't very good when he started. Seriously unbelievable how good he got after starting so late.