COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team (32-1) will host the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament at Stickney Tennis Center May 10 and 11, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The Buckeyes open against Cleveland State at 11 a.m. May 10.
The other match on the Ohio State campus in first round play features Notre Dame (16-10) against East Tennessee State (23-3) at 2 p.m. May 10.
Ohio State claimed the Big Ten regular-season title by going 10-0 and then won the 2008 Big Ten Tournament last weekend at Iowa. The Buckeyes downed Iowa (4-0), Michigan (4-1) and Illinois (4-3) to claim their third-consecutive league title Sunday. It is the third-consecutive year OSU has swept the regular season and tournament titles.
Ohio State has won 39-consecutive Big Ten matches and has won 90 of its last 95 matches, including the postseason. The Buckeyes have made the NCAA team tournament nine times, all under ninth-year head coach Ty Tucker.
Tucker, the 2008 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has a 14-8 record in the NCAA team tournament as a head coach. OSU matched its best tournament showing last season when it advanced to the quarterfinal round where it lost a tough 4-2 match to Illinois. The Buckeyes made the quarterfinals in 2006 and the final eight in 2004.
Cleveland State will be making its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division I men’s tennis tournament. The Vikings are led by Horizon League Player of the Year, Phil Orno. Cleveland State sealed the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the tournament by winning the league championship on Sunday, beating Illinois-Chicago, 4-1.
The second round match will be played May 11 for the chance to advance to the Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla., site of the NCAA team, singles and doubles championships May 16-20.