Feb. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a much anticipated matchup between a pair of Top 10 teams, the fourth ranked Buckeyes will host the No. 6 Bulldogs at noon Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The match will mark the Buckeyes’ first meeting vs. a Top 25 program this season. The Scarlet and Gray have had a successful campaign so far during this early portion of the season. They enter the match with a 7-0 record and booked their ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash., Feb. 15 after defeating both ETSU and Miami, 7-0, last weekend. The Bulldogs recently played Clemson Thursday and defeated the Tigers, 6-0, in Athens, Ga.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
Ohio State trails Georgia, 10-3, in the all-time series. The Buckeyes’ wins vs. the Bulldogs took place in 2008 (4-1), 2010 (4-2) and 2011 (6-1). Last season, the Scarlet and Gray dropped a 4-3 decision in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Three Bulldogs are ranked in the Top 20 of the ITA singles poll. KU Singh paces Georgia with a No. 8 ranking, while teammates Hernus Pieters (No. 16) and Nathan Pasha (No. 19) round out the Top 20 for the Bulldogs. A pair of Bulldog doubles teams has earned a Top 30 ranking. The tandem of Ben Wagland and Pieters are fifth in the nation and when Wagland is partnered with Pasha, the duo is No. 29.
Top 5 Clash
Entering its first meeting of the season vs. a Top 25 team, Ohio State boasts a 103-47 (.687) record vs. Top 25 competition since 2000. The Buckeyes also own a 5-3 record vs. opponents that are polled sixth in the country.
All About Stats
• With a 7-0 overall record, the Buckeyes own a 321-42 (.884) record as a Top 25 team.
• Redshirt junior Peter Kobelt leads the Buckeyes in wins with 19.
• Senior Connor Smith paces Ohio State in duals victories with six.
• Junior Blaz Rola, who made his debut vs. East Tennessee State Jan. 26, has the top dual record at No. 1 singles (3-0).
• In doubles action, the pair of Ille Van Engelen and Devin McCarthy is 6-0 overall and in dual play, a team best. The duo also is 4-0 at No. 1 doubles, which serves as a program high in 2013.
Buckeyes Go Pink
The Ohio State men’s and women’s tennis programs combined to raise $361 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at their Buckeyes Go Pink matches in January through donations, raffles and bake sales. Thanks to all the fans who contributed to the cause.
In its first road trip of the season, Ohio State will travel to College Station, Texas, where it will face Texas A&M at 1 p.m. ET.