January 19, 2018

No. 2 Ohio State Opens Season vs. Xavier and Cleveland State

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Jan. 19, 2018

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Ohio State vs. Xavier & Cleveland State

Date:

January 20, 2018

Time:

10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Live Video:

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Current Team Rankings

2. Ohio State


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Ohio State is ready to start another season, and looking to continue their success from last year, where they went undefeated in the B1G, undefeated at home, and made it to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship before losing to the eventual champion Virginia.
  • Ohio State will first face Xavier at 10 a.m., and then Cleveland State at 2 p.m. after a quick lunch break.
  • These will be the first matches of the season for Ohio State and Cleveland State, and the second match for Xavier.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Buckeyes open 2018 ranked 2nd in the ITA Poll.
  • Ohio State bringing back 10 players from last season. Of these 10, five were starters in singles and four in doubles. 
  • Alumni Hugo Di Feo and Herkko Pollanen have also returned to the team as student assistant coaches.
  • The Scarlet and Grey have also brought in two new freshmen. John McNally, a native from Cincinnati, is already ranked after this fall and projected to start. The Buckeyes also recruited Tim Seibert, a newcomer from Germany.
  • Five OSU players are starting the season ranked. The only other two teams that have five ranked players are Wake Forest (No. 1) and Georgia (No. 4).
  • Mikael Torpegaard opens the season ranked No. 5, Kyle Seelig is ranked No. 26, newcomer John McNally is tied for No. 57, JJ Wolf is ranked No. 60, and Martin Joyce is ranked No. 102.
  • The Buckeyes also have a ranked doubles team in No. 55 Joyce/McNally.
  • The Buckeyes had a busy fall, partaking in four different tournaments. In addition, some players also participated in professional events.
  • Five OSU players were invited to the ITA All-American Championship in October. Torpegaard went the farthest in singles, losing a tough three-set match in the semifinals.
  • In the ITA Midwest Regional Championship in singles, Joyce advanced up to the semifinals. McNally made the quarterfinals, and Seelig and Joseph Thomas lasted until the round of 16.
  • Matt Mendez was the runner-up in the Big Ten Singles Championship. He also made it to the quarterfinals in doubles with Hunter Tubert. To get to the finals, Mendez had to defeat fellow Buckeye Alex Kobelt in the semifinals. Additionally, Thomas placed in the quarterfinals in the singles competition.
  • Three Buckeyes participated in the ITA Fall Championship. McNally, Wolf, and Seelig all won their first matchup. Wolf won his second match before losing in the round of 16.
  • Wolf and Torpegaard played in various professional events over the fall. Wolf won his first professional title by winning the $25,000 USA34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas. He also made it to the finals of the USTA Boys’ 18 National Championship, losing in a close five-setter and barely missing a berth in the main draw of the U.S. Open.
  • Torpegaard has also partaken in multiple pro events over the fall, including tourneys in Columbus, Knoxville and Las Vegas. Additionally, he has done pro double events with fellow Buckeye Martin Joyce.

HISTORY VS. Xavier

  • Ohio State has not yet lost to Xavier, posting a record of 16-0 against the Musketeers.
  • Ohio State has not given a point to the Musketeers since 2007, since getting a combined score of 62-0.
  • These two teams have faced each other every season since 2003.

LAST MEETING VS. Xavier

  • Ohio State did not drop a set in the victory last year, winning 4-0.
  • The Buckeyes quickly won the doubles point the teams of Di Feo/Mendez and Joyce/Kobelt, who won 6-0 and 6-4 respectively.
  • In singles, Riley Reist was first to win with a sweep of his opponent. Di Feo and Mendez followed up with 6-0, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-1 wins in their respective matches. Wolf, Pollanen, and Joyce were all a game away from winning their matches as well.

HISTORY VS. CLEVELAND STATE

  • The Buckeyes have a perfect 10-0 record when facing the Vikings.
  • Before facing Cleveland State last year, these two teams hadn’t faced off since 2013.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have not yet dropped a point in any of their 10 matches vs. Cleveland State.

LAST MEETING VS. CLEVELAND STATE

  • Ohio State and Cleveland State last faced off in the opening weekend of last year at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State won 4-0, and the match took 90 minutes.
  • All three doubles teams won their matches. No. 55 Torpegaard/Pollanen were first to win 6-3, and Mendez/Tubert and Joyce/Reist both followed with 6-4 victories.
  • In singles, Torpegaard and Seelig both swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Wolf then sealed the sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.