Ohio State roundup: Rola, Kobelt advance in singles at NCAA tennis tourney
Ohio State men’s tennis players Blaz Rola and Peter Kobelt won their second-round singles matches yesterday to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA championships in Urbana, Ill.
Rola, ranked 12th, defeated Malte Stropp of Mississippi State 6-1, 6-4 in a match forced indoors because of rain. Rola will play No. 31 Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina today. Rola, a junior from Slovenia, improved to 28-1 this season.
Kobelt, a redshirt junior from New Albany, rallied to defeat UCLA’s Dennis Novikov 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 yesterday. Novikov is the Bruins’ No. 1 singles player. Rola defeated Novikov in three sets in UCLA’s 4-3 semifinal victory over the Buckeyes in the team tournament on Monday.
Kobelt, ranked eighth and seeded seventh, will play No. 11 Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine today.
Kobelt and Connor Smith lost their first-round doubles match to second-seeded Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
• Ohio State seniors Michael Hartfield and Korbin Smith finished in the top 12 overall in the long jump at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., to advance to next month’s NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.