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Feb. 4, 2016

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Setting The Scene

  • Ohio State welcomes ACC-foe Virginia Tech to the Varsity Tennis Center this Sunday for a Top-20 Showdown.
  • The match is set to begin at Noon.
  • The Buckeyes have started the season a perfect 7-0 and have yet to surrender a point.
  • Virginia Tech started the week with a record of 2-1 and hosted Richmond and St. Bonaventure on Friday, Feb. 5 before heading to Columbus.
  • Live scoring and video for the match are available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes are a perfect 7-0 on the season with seven 4-0 sweeps.
  • Ohio State is the only program from a Power 5 conference that has yet to surrender a point in 2016.
  • This is the 11th-straight season the Buckeyes have won the first seven matches of the year.
  • This is the Buckeyes’ longest run to start a season without giving up a point.
  • Ohio State is ranked 8th in the latest ITA Poll and four players are ranked in the Top-25 of the singles rankings.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is ranked No. 7 and Hugo Di Feo is ranked No. 10, making Ohio State the only program in the country with two players in the top-10.
  • Chris Diaz is ranked No. 19 and Herkko Pollanen checks in at No. 25.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the Top-25 as Steinbach/Joyce are No. 22 and Torpegaard and Pollanen are No. 24.
  • Individually, Di Feo and Torpegaard lead the team with matching 11-2 marks in singles play. Torpegaard is 5-0 at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots while Di Feo is 4-0 in those spots. Di Feo is also 7-1 in doubles this year.
  • Steinbach is 9-2 in singles and 8-2 in doubles and has yet to drop a set this spring.
  • The Buckeyes also had a solid fall. Four Buckeyes earned their way to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
  • Di Feo advanced to the quarterfinals of the All-American Championships and Mikael Torpegaard went on to win the consolation draw at the same event.
  • Pollanen defeated teammate Chris Diaz in the finals of the Midwest Regional Championships, giving the Buckeyes a singles winner at the event in each of the last four years.

Virginia Tech SnapShot

  • Virginia Tech opened the year with a solid 5-2 win at No. 65 Alabama on Jan. 16.
  • The Hokies then fell 4-0 to No. 18 Stanford in the opening round of the ITA Kick-off Weekend at Columbia. The consolation match with Minnesota was then canceled due to weather.
  • VT downed Boise State 7-0 last Saturday before hosting a pair of matches on Friday, Feb. 5.
  • The Hokies have two nationally ranked singles competitors in Joao Monteiro at 14th and Edoardo Tessaro at 46th.
  • Monteiro had a solid fall season in which he won the ITA Atlantic Regional title and advanced to the semifinals of the National Indoor Championships. He has a singles record of 20-6.
  • Tessaro is 15-7 in singles matches this year. He defeated Buckeye Ralf Steinbach in the ITA All-American qualifier before losing to Buckeye Chris Diaz in the main draw. in the
  • The doubles team of Andreas Bjerrehus and Monteiro are also ranked at 21st. The pair own a solid 13-4 record this season.

History vs. Virginia Tech

  • Sunday’s match will be the ninth meeting all-time between Virginia Tech and Ohio State.
  • The Buckeyes hold a 7-1 edge in the series and a 5-0 mark in Columbus.
  • Head coach Ty Tucker is a perfect 6-0 against the Hokies.
  • The first meeting was in 1988 and the most recent meeting was in 2009 in Columbus during the ITA Kick-off Weekend.
  • The lone VT victory was in Blacksburg in 1999.

Last Meeting vs. Virginia Tech

  • The No. 1 Buckeyes punched their ticket to the ITA National Indoor Championship with a 5-2 win over No. 30 Virginia Tech on Feb. 9, 2009.
  • Ohio State won the doubles point behind victories from Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke at No. 1 and Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge at No. 2.
  • In singles, top-ranked Koniecko and Moneke each won in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, with Moneke’s point being the deciding point.
  • Allare and Balazs Novak also claimed singles wins