January 25, 2017

No. 3 Ohio State hosts ITA Kickoff Weekend

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Jan. 25, 2017

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No. 3 Ohio State hosts ITA Kickoff Weekend

Date:

January 27-29, 2017

Time:

vs. Utah – Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.
vs. Denver/Old Dominion on
Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. or Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center
880 Henderson Rd., Columbus, Ohio

Tournament Website:

Ohio State Page | ITA Page

Live Video:

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Online Coverage:

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Rankings:

Team | Singles | Doubles


Setting The Scene

  • Ohio State will host the ITA Kickoff Weekend this Friday through Sunday.
  • The Buckeyes welcome Utah, Old Dominion and Denver to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center with the eventual champion moving on the ITA National Indoor Team Championship next month.
  • Ohio State will face Utah at 10 a.m. on Friday morning followed by Old Dominion and Denver at 2 p.m. on Friday. The winners will play on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the losing teams will face-off on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
  • Ohio State has advanced to the ITA National Indoor Team Championship by winning the ITA Kick-off Weekend each of the last eight seasons.

 

ABOUT THE KICK-OFF

  • Sixty teams will be competing across the country in an attempt to qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, to be hosted by Virginia Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville.
  • The 15 universities hosting ITA Kick-Off Weekend events, including Ohio State, were designated as host sites in order of their year-end 2016 ITA team rankings.
  • Three visiting schools will travel to each host site for a four-team tournament with the host school facing the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed playing the No. 3 seed.
  • The winners will come back the following day to play for a berth at the 2017 ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

 

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • Ohio State opened the 2017 season with four sweeps of Toledo, Cleveland State Butler and Xavier.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked 3rd in the latest ITA Poll.
  • Ohio State has dropped just one set through its first four matches.
  • Four players are ranked in the top-60, with two players ranked in the top-10. Ohio State is currently the only program with this accomplishment.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is ranked No. 2, Hugo Di Feo is ranked No. 5, Herkko Pollanen is ranked No. 34 and Martin Joyce is ranked No. 53.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the top-60, as Di Feo/Joyce are No. 25, and the doubles pairing of Torpegaard/Pollanen is in a tie for No. 55.
  • Overall, Ohio State had a successful fall season. In four tournaments, the Buckeyes claimed one doubles title and three singles runner-up finishes on the national stage.
  • Mikael Torpegaard advanced to the final of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, eventually losing the championship match to Michael Redlicki of Arkansas.
  • At the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Hugo Di Feo made a run to the finals before falling to No. 1 ranked Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest.
  • Ohio State had a very successful Big Ten Singles & Doubles Championships, as Kyle Seelig finished runner-up in the singles draw and Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert won the doubles title.

 

Noting Utah

  • The Utes opened the season last weekend with a pair of 7-0 sweeps over Idaho State and Weber State.
  • David Micevski won both his matches at No. 1 singles and also advanced to the finals of the National Collegiate Team Tennis Classic in Palm Springs earlier this month.
  • The doubles team of Joe Woolley and fellow Brit Dan Little also rolled to the finals of the National Collegiate Team Tennis Classic before finishing runner-up.
  • This will be the first meeting all-time between Ohio State and Utah.

 

Noting Old Dominion

  • The Monarchs have raced-out to a 5-0 start to the season including a pair of sweeps last weekend in the Pre-ITA Kick Off.
  • ODU started the year with a 6-1 win at NC State and beat Richmond and Howard at home. Last week, the Monarchs swept San Francisco and Harvard in Boston.
  • Old Dominion is led by No. 24 Adam Moundir, who has already been named a Conference USA Player of the Week this season after opening the year 3-0 in singles play, while taking down two nationally ranked players in the process.
  • Old Dominion and Ohio State have never met on the tennis court.

 

Noting Denver

  • This will be the second-straight season Denver has traveled to the Columbus for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Pioneers beat South Carolina in the opening round and then fell to Ohio State in the second round.
  • Denver opened the 2017 season with a 5-2 at Boise State last weekend.
  • The Pioneers have won the Summit League regular season and tournament titles each of the last three seasons and are picked as the preseason favorite again.
  • The doubles team of Alex Gasson and Yannik James made an appearance at the National Doubles Championships last fall and opened the spring at the Nol. 18-ranked doubles team in the country.
  • Last year’s meeting during the ITA Kickoff Weekend between Ohio State and Denver was the only meeting between the two schools.