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Feb. 25, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team will open B1G play this Friday by hosting No. 21 Penn State. The match will start at 6 p.m. inside the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. Live scoring and live video of the match can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes are 12-1 on the season with five wins over Top-20 teams.
  • That has the team ranked No. 3 in the latest ITA Rankings.
  • Ohio State’s lone loss this season came to No. 7 North Carolina in the second round of the ITA Indoor Team Championships. The Tar Heels would go on to win the event.
  • Ohio State has four players are ranked in the Top-45 of the singles rankings.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is No. 6 in the rankings. He is followed by Hugo Di Feo at No. 17, Chris Diaz at No. 32 and Herkko Pollanen at No. 45.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the Top-20 as Steinbach/Joyce are No. 13 and Torpegaard and Pollanen are No. 19.
  • Individually, Torpegaard leads the team with a 14-2 record in singles play and is the reigning B1G Athlete of the Week. He is 8-0 at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. Torpegaard is also has a team-best 11-4 record in doubles play.
  • Di Feo is 13-4 on the year in singles and 9-2 in doubles.
  • Steinbach is 14-3 in singles and 11-5 in doubles. He is 9-1 in dual singles matches this spring.
  • Martin Joyce was named to the ITA Indoor Championship All-Tournament Team at the No. 6 spot. He has won his last five singles matches and is 10-2 overall.
  • 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.

Penn State Snapshot

  • The Nittany Lions have opened the year with eight-straight victories and recently jumped more than 20 spots in the ITA Rankings.
  • Penn State is ranked No. 21 in the latest rankings, which marks the first time it has been ranked in the top-25 since the 2014 season.
  • Two Penn State singles players are also ranked. Senior Leonard Stakhovsky has moved from No. 47 to No. 59 and fellow senior Matt Barry has moved into the rankings at No. 98.
  • Stakhovsky is 7-0 at the No. 1 spot while Barry is 12-4 overall and Tomas Hanzlik has notched a team-high 14 singles victories.
  • In doubles, David Kohan is 10-5 overall and 5-2 at the No. 1 spot. Roman Trkulia hasn’t lost a dual match yet this spring and is 9-2 overall.
  • The Nittany Lions have lost the double point just once in its first eight matches.

History vs. Penn State

  • The Buckeyes are 25-6 all-time vs. the Nittany Lions.
  • OSU has won the last 17 meetings against Penn State.
  • Last season, the Scarlet and Gray won, 6-1, in State College in the B1G opener for both teams.
  • Head coach Ty Tucker has never lost to Penn State as he is 17-0 against the Nittany Lions.
  • The last loss to PSU was a 6-1 setback during the 1999 campaign.

Last Time vs. Penn State

  • The No. 8 Ohio State men’s tennis team opened B1G play on Feb. 27, 2015 with a solid 6-1 victory over Penn State in State College.
  • The Buckeyes’ No. 4-ranked team of  and  defeated Aws Laaribi and Leonard Stakhovsky 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
  • That was followed by another 8-6 win from  and  at No. 2 to secure the point.
  • The Buckeyes momentum rolled into the singles matches as they got wins in five of the six spots.
  • Diaz rebounded from a tough opening month to claim a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 121 Stakhovsky. Callahan continued his stellar play with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the No. 4 match over Roman Trykulja.
  • The Nittany Lions got on the board with a straight-set victory from Matt Berry over Pollanen but Torpegaard clinched the victory for Ohio State by outlasting Alex Fennell in a third-set tie-breaker to win his 16th match of the season.
  • Metka and Steinbach finished-off the night with victories in the Nos. 5 and 6 spots to provide the final margin.