New Albany’s Kobelt gets revenge, state title and POY honors

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New Albany’s Peter Kobelt is the 2009 Ohio High Magazine 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 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.”

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