Buckeyes Fall to UCLA in NCAA Championship Quarterfinals

By John Brandon on May 19, 2014 at 10:00a

via OhioStateBuckeyes.com

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Ty Tucker's men's tennis team lost their first match in over a month last night, falling to UCLA again in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals. After the Buckeyes won two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, Peter Kobelt came through with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Clay Thompson - the nation's top-ranked singles player. Ohio State then dropped the next four singles matches on the way to a 4-2 loss to No. 6 UCLA.

“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Tucker said. “We had a couple of opportunities to have a shot to win this match. We have talked the last couple of days about only having one or two opportunities at the most, and we have to take advantage of them. We had some chances. UCLA has a lot of talent. They are a good, well-coached team, and they are good enough to win this tournament. Hats off to UCLA.”

 - Ty Tucker via OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Ohio State concludes the season with a 33-4 record, including an ITA Indoor National Championship, Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championships, and another undefeated Big Ten season. Not too shabby, especially considering the Buckeyes had to replace five of their seven starters from last year's team that reached the NCAA Championship Semifinals.

Tucker's squad graduates only one senior, and figure to once again be one of the top teams in the country next year. Still, that one senior will be tough to replace. It's been a magical run for senior Peter Kobelt over the past couple of years, but it's not quite over. Kobelt will be competing in the individual singles and doubles NCAA Tournaments along with Kevin Metka beginning later this week.

It was a historic season for the Ohio State tennis team, and while the season didn't end the way they hoped it is still one that will forever be remembered by Buckeye fans. And oh by the way, these guys aren't going away any time soon - six of Ohio State's 10 players are freshmen.

Kudos to another great season, gentlemen.

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bigDbuck's picture

Really proud of the OSU tennis team, not just this year but the past decade. Grew up playing tennis in Athens, and the season is max 7 mths long. And indoor courts aren't cheap. So what they have been able to do with homegrown talent against southern and western teams is extremely impressive. Go Bucks!

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MrChengsaw's picture

Not to mention they have a signed LOI from Hugo Di Feo, a top 20 junior player in the world.

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IGotAWoody's picture

Sucks to lose to UCLA again, but they're consistently one of the top programs year in and year out. Kobelt added to his lore by beating the top ranked player in the country, good luck to Peter in the singles and doubles tourney!

The success that a midwestern school like OSU is having in tennis is pretty unprecedented. We should all be very proud of their accomplishments.

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Seattle Linga's picture

So happy they almost beat the Bruins, it's tough beating teams that can play outdoors year round.

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gbdawg's picture

Congrats on a great season tennis Bucks

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Major bummer, but overall a really great year!  It also looks like the team is well stocked for future runs as well. 

Go Bucks!!

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Zimmy07's picture

Congrats to them on a great year.  33-4 is pretty impressive.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Great season for the Bucks.  Re-load for next year.

Props to UCLA.  38 consecutive trips to the NCAA Sweet 16's, and 20 of the last 21 seasons in the quarterfinals.

Semi-final results:  USC beat Virginia; Oklahoma beat UCLA 

Finals tonight at 5 p.m.  No. 1 seeded USC v. No. 2 Oklahoma
 

“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.”

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IGotAWoody's picture

Thanks for the update, NELLIE!!

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Whoa Nellie's picture

No problem IGAW.

For those interested, USC beat OK, 4-2, coming back from an 0-2 deficit to win its 21st NCAA tennis title, and USC's 100th NCAA title over all sports.

Next up:  NCAA Individual and Doubles Championships.  Buckeyes in action:  Peter Kobelt (12) v Roberto Quiroz of USC, tonight at 5:30.  Kobelt/Metka (4) v Harris/Webb of OK, tomorrow.

Good luck Pete and Kevin!

“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.”