The fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team upset top-ranked Virginia 4-3 in the semifinals of the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship yesterday in Houston.
With the score tied at 3 and the match on the line, junior Kevin Metka of Worthington Kilbourne saved two match points in the final set tiebreaker before prevailing over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 6-5 (7-5), 5-6 (5-7), 6-5 (12-10) at No. 5 singles. It was the second straight clinching victory for Metka at the tournament and his team-best 11th victory of the season.
“It was an incredible match,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “Both teams had chances to win it, and our guys kept fighting no matter what the circumstances were at the moment. They wanted to win the match. It’s nice to beat the defending (NCAA) champs, and it will take a huge effort by our guys (today) to bring home the trophy.”
Also getting singles victories for Ohio State were Peter Kobelt of New Albany, Ralf Steinbach and Hunter Callahan. Kobelt and Metka also teamed to win a doubles match.
The Buckeyes will play Southern California for the title today.