Buckeyes Head to Kentucky for Non-Conference Showdown
SETTING THE SCENE
The Buckeyes will play their final scheduled non-conference match of the season on Wednesday when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for a dual with the No. 22 Wildcats.
First serve is set for 1 p.m. from the Boone Tennis Center.
Ohio State has won four-straight matches in the series.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes have won their last six matches and enter Wednesday’s tilt with an 18-2 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten Play.
This includes being undefeated at home at 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 11 total ranked opponents.
Ohio State sits at No. 3 this week in the latest Oracle ITA Rankings
The Buckeyes are 74-23 in singles matches and 33-9 in doubles matches. They have a season point total of 90-27.
The Scarlet and Gray are 16-4 on the season on the doubles point, and 16-0 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 18-4 on the season and 10-2 at the No. 1 singles spot.
JJ Wolf is ranked No. 43 and Kyle Seelig is ranked No. 71
Seelig is 11-5 in dual matches and is tied for the team lead with 21 overall singles victories.
Wolf is 11-4 on the year between court 1 and 2 positions, and added a ranked win by defeating Michigan’s No. 27 Runhao Hua. Wolf has a knack for comebacks, as he has lost the first set in seven of his last nine matches, but has won five of them with one going unfinished.
John McNally is No. 98 in the rankings. McNally has won eight of his last nine matches since February 9.
Veteran Martin Joyce is continuing his success, currently on an eight-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.
Kentucky enters the match at 13-7 on the year and 6-3 in the SEC.
Last weekend, Kentucky went 1-1 with a 7-0 win over LSU and a 4-3 loss to Texas A&M. Although UK lost to the Aggies, three Wildcats – Will Bushamuka, Enzo Wallart and Trey Yates – all earned ranked wins that catapulted them into the latest Oracle ITA rankings.
Four Wildcats are currently ranked in the latest ITA rankings, with No. 26 Ryo Matsumura the highest ranked at 19.99 points. Matsumura suffered just his second loss of the season against TAMU and is 14-2 this season. Matsumura is 6-1 against nationally ranked opponents this season.
Will Bushamuka shot up from unranked to No. 54 after an impressive two week span,
Enzo Wallart moved up to No. 115 after his second ranked win of the season. He beat No. 49 Jordi Arconada, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-5 on Sunday. Wallart defeated No. 116 Alex Brown of No. 7 Illinois earlier this season and is 2-2 against nationally ranked opponents.
Trey Yates follows Wallart at No. 116. Yates earned his highest ranked win of his career over No. 25 Valentin Vacherot on Sunday against TAMU, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Yates is 10-5 this season.
HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY
The Buckeyes’ and Longhorns’ all-time series is 7-6 in favor of the Longhorns.
These two team’s first match took place during the 1983-84 season, which resulted in a 6-3 win for the Longhorns.
At home, the Buckeyes do have a 1-0 advantage over Texas, as their first meeting in Columbus was a 4-0 sweep in favor of the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes have won two of the last three, including that sweep and a 4-3 win in the round of 16 NCAA Championship two years ago.
The all-time series between Kentucky and Ohio State is in the favor of the Buckeyes at 19-13. This includes one matchup in the 2003 NCAA Team Tournament, in which the Buckeyes prevailed 4-3.
The Buckeyes have won each of the last four meetings but only one of those have come in Lexington. The last Buckeye loss in the series was a 4-1 setback in Lexington in 2014.