Buckeyes Back Home to Host Iowa and Nebraska This Weekend
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.
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.
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.