April 5, 2018

Buckeyes Back Home to Host Iowa and Nebraska This Weekend

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SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Buckeyes jump back into Big Ten play for the final three weeks of the season and that stretch begins at home this weekend with matches against Iowa and Nebraska.
  • Ohio State takes on Iowa on Friday night at 6 p.m. and Nebraska at Noon on Sunday.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes swept the Iowa/Nebraska road trip with a perfect 14-0 score

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Buckeyes have won their last seven matches and enter the weekend with a 19-2 mark overall and a 5-0 record in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State and Illinois are tied atop the Big Ten standings at 5-0 while Michigan and Minnesota are both 4-1
  • The Buckeyes have not lost at home this year, going a perfect 10-0
  • The Buckeyes are also 8-2 away from home. Their two losses are a road match at No. 20 Georgia, and a neutral site match at No. 4 UCLA.
  • The Buckeyes have an impressive resume, with wins against three top-10 teams, five other top-20 teams, and 12 total ranked opponents.
  • Ohio State sits at No. 3 this week in the latest Oracle ITA Rankings
  • The Buckeyes are 77-25 in singles matches and 35-10 in doubles matches. They have a season point total of 94-29.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 17-4 on the season on the doubles point, and 17-0 on the season when winning the doubles point.
  • The Buckeyes possess five ranked singles players, and a ranked doubles pairs.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is the No. 3 player in the country. He recently earned his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award this season, and 10th of his career.
  • Torpegaard is 18-5 on the season and 10-3 at the No. 1 singles spot.
  • JJ Wolf is ranked No. 43 and Kyle Seelig is ranked No. 71
  • Seelig is 11-6 in dual matches and has 21 overall singles victories.
  • Wolf is 12-4 on the year between court 1 and 2 positions, and added a ranked win by defeating Michigan’s No. 27 Runhao Hua. Wolf has played in nine three-set matches this year and has won each of his last seven three-setters.
  • John McNally is No. 98 in the rankings. McNally has won nine of his last 10 matches since February 9.
  • Veteran Martin Joyce is continuing his success, currently on a nine-match win streak. He jumped back into the singles rankings at No. 123. This is his first time in the rankings this spring.
  • Torpegaard and Joyce are the lone Buckeye doubles team in the rankings at No. 18.

IOWA SNAPSHOT

  • Freshmen Joe Tyler leads the Hawkeyes with four wins in Big Ten play.
  • Iowa has not lost a doubles match on court three since March 2.
  • Iowa is 16-5 in singles matches played on court four this season.
  • Jake Jacoby moved up to ninth place in career doubles wins at Iowa with 56.
  • The Hawkeyes boast two top rated tandems in the country: No. 51 Jonas Larsen/Kareem Allaf and No. 62 Piotr Smietana/Will Davies.
  • Freshmen Will Davies and Piotr Smietana have won 13 of their last 15 decisions.
  • Iowa has earned the doubles point in 16 of 21 matches.

HISTORY VS. IOWA

  • In the all-time series record, the Buckeyes currently lead the Hawkeyes 39-22.
  • Before Ty Tucker took over at OSU, the all-time record was 22-20 in favor of the Hawkeyes. Since then, Tucker has gone 19-0 against them.
  • The last time the Scarlet and Gray lost to Iowa was in 1999.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes rolled to a 7-0 sweep on March 31 in Iowa City.

NEBRASKA SNAPSHOT

  • The Huskers come into the weekend with a 9-8 overall record and a 0-5 mark in the conference.
  • Nebraska has lost seven-straight matches since opening the season 9-1
  • The Huskers will play Penn State on Friday night in State College before coming to Columbus for a Noon match on Sunday. They will finish the road trip with a 6 p.m. match at Dayton on Sunday evening.

HISTORY VS. NEBRASKA

  • The Buckeyes have not yet lost to the Cornhuskers, holding a 10-0 record.
  • The Scarlet and Gray first faced Nebraska in 2002. The result was a 6-1 win for OSU.
  • The last match in Lincoln on April 2 last year went to the Buckeyes by a score of 7-0.