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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team (25-2, 8-0 Big Ten) will conclude the regular season this weekend as it hosts No. 24 Indiana (21-5, 8-0) at 4 p.m. Friday in a battle of the Big Ten’s Top 2 teams. The Scarlet and Gray will then welcome No. 63 Purdue (11-11, 2-6) at noon Sunday.

Depending on the weather, Ohio State will play its home matches at either outside at Stickney Tennis Center or inside at the Varsity Tennis Center. The decision will be made on the day of the match.

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Match Pointers

  • The Indiana match is “Dress Like Ty Tucker Day.” Fans are encouraged to wear sweatpants, an Ohio State sweatshirt or jacket (preferably red) and an Ohio State ball cap to honor head coach Ty Tucker and his gameday wardrobe.
  • The Easter Sunday contest with the Boilermakers is Senior Day. The Buckeyes will be honoring seniors Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa.
  • Ohio State and Indiana are the Top 2 teams in the Big Ten. Both teams are undefeated in the league with 8-0 records.
  • The Buckeyes will attempt to finish the regular-season with 126 consecutive wins at home.
  • Ohio State owns a 10-match win streak. Additionally, the Buckeyes finished their regular season road schedule winners of 56 of their last 57 road matches (non-tournament).
  • Throughout the months of March and April, the Scarlet and Gray have or will play 12 teams ranked in the ITA Top 75. In addition to playing No. 24 Indiana and No. 63 Purdue this weekend, Ohio State has faced No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 17 Illinois, No. 60 Iowa, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 27 Michigan, No. 57 Michigan State, No. 28 Notre Dame, No. 70 Wisconsin and No. 24 Minnesota. Ohio State is 17-2 vs. ranked opponents on the season, including a 10-0 mark in Columbus.

A Look Back
Ohio State picked up its 24th and 25th wins of the season by shutting out Wisconsin and Minnesota, 7-0, April 15 and 17 on the road.

Against Wisconsin, freshman Blaz Rola, the fifth-ranked player nationally, clinched the victory for Ohio State with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Wisconsin’s Billy Bertha at No. 2. Rola became the first Buckeye to amass 30 singles wins on the year. The Ptuj, Slovenia, native moved to 17-3 in dual matches and 10-1 at the No. 2 spot.

The Buckeyes improve to 40-32 all-time vs. Wisconsin. With the victory, head coach Ty Tucker is now 21-0 against the Badgers.

Matt Allare, a senior co-captain and redshirt-freshman Peter Kobelt claimed the doubles point for the visiting Buckeyes for the second time during the weekend against Minnesota. The nation’s 12th-ranked team won 8-3 at No. 1 vs. Phillip Arndt and Brendan Ruddock to move to 22-7 overall and 13-4 at the No. 1 spot.

The Scarlet and Gray improve to 26-38 all-time vs. the Gophers, having now won the previous 10 meetings. Ohio State has not lost to Minnesota since the 2002-03 season. Head coach Ty Tucker moves to 13-3 against the Gophers.

Scouting the Hoosiers
Indiana is 21-5 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers began the season 8-2 with their only losses vs. Kentucky and at USC. Indiana has defeated Oklahoma, BYU and Arizona in non-conference competition. The Hoosiers will travel to Columbus on a one-game slide after losing, 6-1, to Louisville April 17. Indiana is 4-3 on the road this season.

Buckeyes vs. Indiana
The Scarlet and Gray are 42-39 all-time vs. the Hoosiers. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have been victorious in the previous 10 meetings against Indiana for an overall mark of 10-2 since the 1999-2000 season.

Boilermaker Watch
Purdue is 11-11 overall and 2-6 in conference action, having lost four of its last five matches. In their last match the Boilermakers beat Northwestern, 4-3, April 11. Purdue began the year 6-2, but have gone 5-9 since, playing 11 ranked teams during that stretch. Purdue is 1-5 on the road, including a 0-3 mark in the Big Ten.

Buckeyes vs. Purdue
Ohio State is 68-18 all-time vs. the Boilermakers. Under 12th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes are 11-0 vs. Purdue.

First to 30
With two victories in singles action vs. Wisconsin and Minnesota, April 15 and 17, respectively, Blaz Rola became the first Buckeye to achieve 30 singles wins on the 2010-11 campaign. Rola boasts a 31-5 overall record, 18-3 dual mark and 12-5 ledger vs. ranked opponents. He is 7-2 at No. 1 and 11-1 at the No. 2 position.

Buckeyes in the Record Books
Senior Balazs Novak
•·         123 career singles wins: 6th
•·         97 career doubles wins: 7th
•·         220 total career wins: 4th

Senior Matt Allare
•·         109 career singles wins: T-9th
•·         91 career doubles wins: 8th
•·         200 total career wins: 7th

Senior Shuehei Uzawa
•·         71 career singles wins: 26th
•·         89 career doubles wins: 9th
•·         160 total career wins: 15th

Ohio State vs. Top 25
The Buckeyes own an 11-2 record vs. competition ranked in the ITA Top 25 this season. Since 1999, Ohio State is 76-40 against Top 25 opponents, but that number improves to 70-11 since the 2005-06 campaign.

Ohio State vs. Top 25 Opponents
No. 18 Mississippi            W 6-1
No. 11 Georgia                  W 6-1
at No. 24 North CarolinaW 6-1
No. 14 Texas Tech*         W 4-1
No. 5 Texas*                      W 4-1
No. 1 Virginia*                 L 1-4
No. 15 Louisville                W 6-1
at No. 17 Texas A&M      L 0-4
at No. 11 Pepperdine     W 6-1
at No. 10 Illinois                W 7-0
at No. 12 Kentucky          W 4-3
No. 23 Michigan                W 6-1
No. 24 Minnesota            W 7-0

*ITA National Team Indoor Championships

Ohio State in Top 25
Since 2001, the Scarlet and Gray are 236-35 when ranked in the ITA Top 25 poll. That mark improves to 189-12 from the 2005-06 season onward.

Big Ten Best
Ohio State has won 74 consecutive matches in the Big Ten after the 7-0 shutouts at Wisconsin and Minnesota April 15 and 17. The Scarlet and Gray are currently 45-3 in singles and 22-2 in doubles in conference matches for 2010-11. Entering the season, the Buckeyes have collected five-consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. Head coach Ty Tucker also has nabbed Big Ten Coach of the Year every year during the span as well. Last season, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles mark of 58-2 and a total Big Ten doubles record of 18-8. In addition to the conference win streak, the Buckeyes also have won 126 of their last 131 league contests, including postseason play.

In the Rankings
Ten of the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference are ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Division I Polls announced April 19.

Rank  School
    4     Ohio State
  18     Illinois
  23     Minnesota
  24     Indiana
  27     Michigan
  52     Michigan State
  63     Purdue
  66     Iowa 
  71     Wisconsin
  75     Northwestern

Allare Streaking
Buckeye Matt Allare is on a 17-match win streak. Allare is 29-3 overall with a 20-1 mark in duals. The Mason, Ohio, native is 14-0 at the No. 4 position and 7-1 vs. ranked competition. The senior co-captain’s 29 singles wins overall are second on the team, only behind Blaz Rola’s team-high 31 victories.

Allare Reaches Milestone
Senior co-captain Matt Allare reached the century-mark, winning his 100th career singles match March 21 at Pepperdine. Allare, ranked 43rd nationally, picked up the win by defeating Pepperdine’s Alfredo Moreno 6-3, 6-4.His career record is now 109-18, while his season mark stands at 29-3 and 20-1 in duals. Allare is 14-0 when playing the No. 4 position.

Allare, a Mason, Ohio, native was 25-5 last year, 31-5 his sophomore campaign and 24-5 during the 2007-08 season, his first as a Buckeye for a total of 80 singles wins entering his final year.

20 is the Magic Number
Three Buckeyes claimed their 20th singles win on the season vs. Iowa and Illinois March 25 and 27, respectively. Chase Buchanan picked up his 20th victory after defeating Iowa’s Nikita Zotov 6-1, 6-1 and Illinois’ No. 7 Dennis Nevolo 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Buchanan is now 27-5 on his junior campaign.

Redshirt-sophomore Devin McCarthy downed Hawkeye Jonas Dierckx 6-0, 6-3 and Bruno Abdelnour 6-4, 6-4 of Illinois to improve to 20-3. McCarthy currently is 26-4 in singles.

Co-captain Balazs Novak needed only one win to join the pair in the 20-win column and it came against Stephen Hoh, who Novak defeated 6-2, 6-2. The Budapest, Hungary, native’s record currently stands at 25-5.

The trio joined teammates Blaz Rola and Matt Allare as Buckeyes to amass 20 victories in singles play so far on the season. Combined, the five Buckeyes are an impressive 138-22 (.863) on the year.

Success in Duals
Ohio State has been dominant so far throughout the 2011 dual schedule. In singles, the Buckeyes are a combined 133-19 (.875). Chase Buchanan leads the squad with 22 dual victories. Balazs Novak and Devin McCarthy have 21 apiece, while Matt Allare has 20. Freshman Blaz Rola is right behind with 18 dual wins.

In doubles, the Scarlet and Gray are a combined 61-18 (.772).  Novak leads the way with 19 doubles victories, while Allare and Rola each have earned 18 dual wins. Redshirt-freshman Peter Kobelt and Buchanan are one behind with 17 wins each.

Seven Ranked in Latest Poll
Campbell/ITA College individual rankings were released April 19. Ohio State leads the nation with seven players ranked in the Top 100 of the singles poll.

Buckeyes in ITA Rankings (April 19)
Singles
  6      Blaz Rola
12     Chase Buchanan
45     Matt Allare
66     Devin McCarthy
70     Peter Kobelt
89     Balazs Novak
96     Ille Van Engelen

Doubles
11   Rola/Buchanan
13   Allare/Kobelt

Big Ten Athletes of the Week
Two Buckeyes in Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola have been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week a total of four times this season. Buchanan has earned the distinction three times including April 12, Feb. 8 and 22. Rola was honored March 22.

1,000 Program Victories
With a 7-0 shutout of Cleveland State Feb. 24, Ohio State captured the program’s 1,000th victory. The Buckeyes’ overall record currently stands at 1,013-694-10. Head coach Ty Tucker has 317 wins in his 12 years leading the Buckeyes and his predecessor John Daly earned 427 in his 28 years.

Dominant in Columbus
The Buckeyes have won a school-record 124 consecutive home matches dating back to the 2002-03 season. Ohio State won the first 11 matches to begin the season at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, six coming against ranked teams. They have since won three straight contests at Stickney Tennis Center to move to 9-0 vs. ranked opponents. In the Big Ten, no other team in any sport has won as many consecutive contests at home than the Buckeyes. Ohio State was victorious in all 21 home matches last season, marking the seventh-consecutive year the team achieved perfection in Columbus. The home win streak began April 6, 2003 with a 5-2 triumph over Purdue.

100th Anniversary of Tennis
The opener against Butler and Xavier marked the 100th year of men’s tennis at Ohio State. The tennis program started in 1912 and after 99 complete seasons, the men’s tennis program had an overall record of 988-692-10 for a .585 winning percentage. Head coach Ty Tucker is the 11th coach in Ohio State men’s tennis history and with his winning percentage hovering around .850, he is the winningest coach in Buckeye tennis history. Ohio State currently has 1,013 victories in its long history.

Tucker Gets 300th Victory
The win against LSU Feb. 12 served as head coach Ty Tucker’s 300th career victory. His overall career mark as the Buckeye leader now stands at 317-53. Tucker is now the second coach in Buckeye men’s tennis history to amass 300 wins. Tucker’s predecessor, John Daly, was 427-333 in 28 seasons from 1972-1999. Tucker has averaged 27 wins in 11 seasons and his current .856 winning percentage is the highest in Ohio State history.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will begin postseason play at the Big Ten championships in Madison, Wis., April 28-May 1.