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Feb. 26, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State opened Big Ten play in sweeping fashion, besting previously unbeaten No. 21 Penn State 4-0 for their 18th straight victory over the Nittany Lions.

The Buckeyes, now 26-6 all-time against Penn State, also beat their fourth-straight top-25 opponent this season. The Buckeyes have opportunities to continue that streak, facing top-25 opponents in three of their next four matches.

The Buckeyes got off to a hot start in doubles action. The No. 13 pair Ralf Steinbach and Martin Joyce won 6-1 defeating Leo Stakhovsky and Matt Barry on court two, giving Steinbach his 12th doubles win on the year. Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen took care of the doubles point defeating David Kohan and Christian Lutschaunig 6-2 to put the team up 1-0 for the match.

In singles play, the Buckeyes continued to roll. Most actively for the Buckeyes, No. 6 Torpegaard rattled off 11 straight games to start his singles match with Stakhovsky. He eventually won 6-0, 6-1 to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. The reigning BIG Athlete of the Week now holds a team-best 15-2 record in singles play.

On court five, Steinbach joined Torpegaard in victory defeating Tomas Hanzlik 6-2, 6-4 for his 15th singles win for the season, giving the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead in the match. Chris Diaz clinched the 4-0 sweep for the Buckeyes with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Aws Laaribi.

Last losing to Penn State in 1999, the Buckeyes handed the Nittany Lions their first loss of the season in both teams’ Big Ten opener. Ohio State now stands atop the Big Ten standings at 13-1 (1-0).

The Buckeyes open up a long road trip that begins in South Bend, Indiana, where they face No. 43 Notre Dame at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The next home match for Ohio State is on March 27 when they take on their rivals from Michigan.