If one were to author the ideal high school tennis career, Peter Kobelt’s recent run may make the director’s cut. A senior at New Albany High School, Kobelt wrapped his final season
in dramatic fashion by winning the Division I singles state championship at his future home – Ohio
State’s Stickney Tennis Center. Kobelt is
the 2009 Huntington Bank/Ohio High Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
If one were to author the ideal high school tennis career, Peter Kobelt’s recent run may make the director’s cut.
A senior at New Albany High School, Kobelt wrapped his final season in dramatic fashion by beating defending state champion Wyatt Lippert in three sets for the Division I singles state championship at Ohio State’s Stickney Tennis Center on May 30. The meeting was a rematch of last year’s state final that Lippert, also a senior, won in three sets. Both players are headed to Ohio State.
Kobelt, who choose the Buckeyes over Kentucky and Michigan State, is the 2009 Huntington Bank/Ohio High Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
No stranger to tennis or state success, Kobelt is a four-time state qualifier and placer – he’s never finished worse than second.
As a freshman, Kobelt teamed with senior Ryan Dodd to finish runner-up in the D-II doubles. As a sophomore Kobelt and junior Skyler Engel captured the D-II doubles title.
Moving up to D-I last year, Kobelt made it all the way to the finals before falling to Lippert. He actually opened the match with a 6-4 win in the first set before dropping the next two 3-6, 3-6.
This year Koblet beat Lippert 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, to improve his two-year singles record to 48-4.
At 6-6, 190 pounds, Kobelt is intimidating.
“Pete is a physical presence,” New Albany coach Andrew Sinclair told the Columbus Dispatch. “He’s big and strong and his serve and his forehand are world class.”
Kobelt, whose father Paul was a high school tennis state champion in Wisconsin and currently teaches tennis at the New Albany Country Club, owns a serve that’s been clocked at 130 mph.
That force and his desire to get better have led to a successful run on the national level.
After a third place finish in singles at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Midwest Closed Finals in 2007, Kobelt finished runner-up there last year. He’s a two-time defending doubles champion in the event.
Nationally, Kobelt’s rank has gone from No. 151 as a freshman to No. 55.
Said Sinclair. “He plays the game the way most weekend hackers dream of playing it.”