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Jan. 18, 2016

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes will open the 2016 season with a triple-header against familiar foes on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
  • Ohio State will start the day against Dayton at 10:30 a.m., then face Butler at 3:30 p.m. and cap the day with a 6 p.m. match against Xavier.
  • The night cap against Xavier will be the Buckeye’s Pink Day match. There will be a bake sale and silent auction with all donations going to Stefanie Spielman Fund.
  • These will be the first matches of the season for Ohio State, Butler and Xavier. Dayton opened the year last weekend with a pair of matches. The Flyers fell 4-2 at No. 36 Louisville on Friday and then rebounded to top cross-town rival Wright State 6-1 on Sunday.

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes open 2016 ranked 10th in the ITA Poll and four players are ranked in the top-25.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is ranked No. 7 and Hugo Di Feo is ranked No. 10, making Ohio State the only program in the country with two players in the top-10.
  • Chris Diaz is ranked No. 19 and Herkko Pollanen checks in at No. 25.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the top-25 as Steinbach/Joyce are No. 22 and Torpegaard and Pollanen are No. 24.
  • Individually, the Buckeyes had a solid fall. Four Buckeyes earned their way to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
  • Hugo 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.
  • Herkko 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.

History vs. Dayton

  • Ohio State holds a 5-2 edge in the all-time series with Dayton.
  • The last meeting came in Ty Tucker’s second season in 2001. The Buckeyes won that match 6-0.
  • Before that meeting, the most recent match between the two schools came in 1954.
  • The last Buckeye loss was a 5-4 setback in 1952.

Last Meeting vs. Dayton

  • Playing in frigid temperatures outdoor at the Stickney Tennis Center, the Buckeyes defeated Dayton 6-0 on April 1, 2001.
  • No doubles matches were played as the two sides only played six singles matches.
  • The Buckeyes won all six matches in straight sets.
  • Buckeye Phillip Metz downed Brad Nykeal 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Chris Porter defeated D.J. Gephart 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

History vs. Butler

  • The Buckeyes are a perfect 16-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.
  • Ohio State has dropped only one point against Butler since the 2000-01 season with a combined point record of 90-1.

Last Meeting vs. Butler

  • In the first match of the 2015 season, the Buckeyes rolled to a 7-0 victory over Butler on Jan. 21, 2015.
  • The Buckeyes took the doubles point with a pair of 6-3 victories at Nos. 1 and 2.
  • In singles, Ohio State won all six matches in straight sets.
  • At No. 4, Butler’s Tommy Marx took Ralf Steinbach to a first-set tie-break but the Buckeye came away with a 7-3 win in the breaker.

History vs. Xavier

  • The Buckeyes are 14-0 all-time against the Musketeers.
  • Ohio State has won every match 7-0 since the 2006-07 season.
  • The two teams have faced-off every season since 2003.

Last Meeting vs. Xavier

  • The Buckeyes rolled a 7-0 victory on Jan. 21, 2015 at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
  • Kevin Metka and Ralf Steinbach set the tone with a 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles.
  • OSU won the doubles point and then senior Hunter Callahan started the singles matches with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gabriel Chaves Araujo
  • Mikael Torpegaard followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jeremy Schneider at No. 2 singles and Steinbach clinched the team victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
  • The match of the day belonged to Chris Diaz as he faced a familiar foe in Zach Mueck. The two have squared-off numerous times during their junior days and the match was evident of their familiarity. Diaz won a nip and tuck opening set 7-5 and then came back with two late breaks to force a tie-break in the second set. It took 10 points but Diaz was victorious in the breaker.