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Jan. 29, 2016

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SETTING THE SCENE

  • Ohio State will look to keep rolling this Sunday when it hosts No. 26 Texas at Noon at the Varsity Tennis Center.
  • The Buckeyes opened the year with three wins on Jan. 20 and then cruised through three more wins last weekend to enter today’s match at a perfect 6-0.
  • Like the Buckeyes, Texas started the year with three wins but has since dropped its last three matches and entering Thursday’s tilt at home with visiting SMU.
  • Live scoring and video for the match are available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes opened the 2016 season with six-straight 4-0 sweeps.
  • This is the 11th-straight season the Buckeyes have won the first six matches of the year.
  • 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 leads the team with an 11-2 mark in singles. He is 4-0 this spring in singles and 6-0 in doubles.
  • Torpegaard is right behind him at 10-2 in singles and 8-2 in doubles.
  • 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.

Texas SnapShot

  • Texas started the season with wins over Abilene Christian, Lamar and UC Santa Barbara.
  • The Longhorns then fell at Washington before dropping both matches at the ITA Kick-off Weekend to Florida and Ole Miss.
  • Prior to Sunday’s match, the Longhorns hosted SMU on Thursday, Jan. 28.
  • Harrison Scott is the highest ranked Longhorn at No. 94. He has started the season 13-5 in singles and 5-4 in doubles action.
  • No. 114 Michael Riechmann tops the team with 15 singles wins to go along with six doubles wins.
  • Scott and John Mee are the only ranked doubles pair for Texas at No. 46. They are 3-2 on the young season.
  • Last season, Texas advanced to the round of 16 before losing to No. 8 Georgia in Waco.

History vs. Texas

  • Sunday’s match will be the 11th all-time meeting between Texas and Ohio State.
  • It will also be the two teams’ first meeting in Columbus.
  • The Longhorns lead the all-time series 6-4.
  • The first meeting was during the 1983-84 season.
  • The teams have met three times in the NCAA Tournament as well as four times in the ITA Indoor Championships.

Last Year vs. Texas

  • Last season, the Longhorns and Buckeyes met two times with each team claiming a victory.
  • The first meeting came in Chicago in the opening round of the ITA Indoor Team Championships.
  • Ohio State would win the doubles point and then got victories from Ralf Steinbach, Hunter Callahan and Kevin Metka at sports 4, 5 and 6 to claim the 4-3 victory.
  • The Buckeyes then went on to drop matches to USC and Illinois while Texas downed by Penn State and Columbia in the consolations rounds.
  • The second meeting came on March 17 in Austin where the Longhorns returned the favor with a 4-1 victory.
  • Texas won the doubles point this go-around and then won 1, 3 and 6 singles to take the match.
  • The lone Buckeye victory came from Steinbach over Nick Naumann 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at No. 5 singles.