Feb. 10, 2016
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Setting The Scene
- Ohio State puts its perfect record on the line this weekend at the ITA Indoor National Championship in Charlottesville, Va.
- The Buckeyes enter the weekend as the No. 6-seed and will the No. 11-seed Baylor Bears in the opening round on Friday morning. The winner will take on the winner of the North Carolina and Texas Tech match on Saturday.
- Live coverage of the entire weekend can be found on ITATennis.com.
Buckeyes In A Nutshell
- The Buckeyes are a perfect 8-0 on the season with eight 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 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-45 of the singles rankings.
- Mikael Torpegaard has ascended to No. 5 in the rankings. He is followed by Hugo Di Feo at No. 16 and Herkko Pollanen at No. 18. Chris Diaz is the fourth ranked Buckeye at No. 42.
- The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the Top-20 as Steinbach/Joyce are No. 14 and Torpegaard and Pollanen are No. 19.
- Individually, Torpegaard leads the team with a 12-2 record in singles play. He is 6-0 at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots.
- Di Feo is 11-2 on the year in singles and 7-1 in doubles.
- Steinbach is 10-2 in singles and 9-2 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.
- The fourth ranked Baylor men’s tennis team has a 5-2 record this season.
- The season-opening 4-1 win over No. 70 UC led to a five match winning streak. The streak ended when the Bears fell to No. 3 Texas A&M by a 4-2 decision. That was then followed by a second loss in a row to No. 20 Ole Miss, 4-3.
- Statistically, BU is led by No. 19 Julian Lenz, Felipe Rios and redshirt freshman Will Little, who are all currently undefeated at 6-0 in singles play.
- Lenz has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice already in 2016.
- Baylor’s other ranked singles player is No. 65 junior Max Tchoutakian, who is 4-1 on the season.
- Lenz and Little lead the doubles lineups with a 4-1 record at the No. 1 position.
- Baylor is 1-2 when losing the doubles point this season.
History vs. Baylor
- Friday’s match will be the seventh meeting all-time between Baylor and Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes hold a 5-1 edge in the series.
- Baylor won its first and match in the series at the NCAA Tournament in 2004. Since then, the Buckeyes have won five-straight, including wins in the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments.
- The teams have met once in the ITA Indoor Championships, with the Buckeyes coming out on top 4-2 in 2007.
Last Meeting vs. Baylor
- The No. 4 Buckeyes defeated fifth-ranked Baylor 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.
- Despite holding a 5-3 lead on court two, Jordan Rux and Sergio Ramirez were overcome by Buckeyes Chase Buchanan and Shuhei Uzawa, 8-6, to clinch the point for the Buckeyes.
- Buchanan, ranked No. 10, gave the Buckeyes their second point when he defeated 68th-ranked Ramirez in straight sets.
- The Buckeyes claimed their final two points when Bley lost at No. 6 in straight sets and Peers, ranked No. 19, downed the fourth-ranked Blaz Rola in the first set 6-4 however lost the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6(8), and later dropped the third set, 6-3.