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Feb. 18, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6 Ohio State men’s tennis team returns home to host a pair of Top-25 teams this weekend in No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 23 Florida. The match with the Aggies will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 and the match against Florida is scheduled for a Noon start on Sunday, Feb. 21. Sunday is Alumni Day at the VTC. A number of former players will be in town to take in the action.

Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes are 10-1 on the season with three wins over Top-20 teams.
  • Ohio State’s lone loss this season came to No. 7 North Carolina in the second round of the ITA Indoor Team Championships. The Tar Heels would go on to win the event.
  • Ohio State is ranked 6th in the latest ITA Poll and four players are ranked in the Top-45 of the singles rankings.
  • Mikael Torpegaard has ascended to No. 5  in the rankings. He is followed by Hugo Di Feo at No. 16 and Herkko Pollanen at No. 18. Chris Diaz is the fourth ranked Buckeye at No. 42.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the Top-20 as Steinbach/Joyce are No. 14 and Torpegaard and Pollanen are No. 19.
  • Individually, Torpegaard leads the team with a 13-2 record in singles play. He is 7-0 at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. Torpegaard is also has a team-best 10-4 record in doubles play.
  • Di Feo is 13-3 on the year in singles and 8-2 in doubles.
  • Steinbach is 12-3 in singles and 9-5 in doubles.
  • The Buckeyes also had a solid fall. Four Buckeyes earned their way to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
  • Di Feo advanced to the quarterfinals of the All-American Championships and Mikael Torpegaard went on to win the consolation draw at the same event.
  • Pollanen defeated teammate Chris Diaz in the finals of the Midwest Regional Championships, giving the Buckeyes a singles winner at the event in each of the last four years.

Texas A&M Snapshot

  • Texas A&M reeled-off 10 wins to open up the season before dropping each of it’s last two matches.
  • Like the Buckeyes, A&M advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Indoor Team Championships last weekend before losing 4-2 to UCLA.
  • The Aggies and Buckeyes then met last Sunday in a consolation match which saw OSU pull out a 4-3 victory.
  • A&M is headed to Illinois  on Sunday, Feb. 21.
  • Arthur Rinderknech is ranked No. 8 in the country and has the best singles record on the team at 16-6. He is also 15-4 in doubles action.
  • Shane Vinsant is the other ranked Aggie at No. 39. He is 13-7 in singles and 11-7 in doubles.
  • Rinderknech and Vinsant are 5-1 on the year as a doubles pair and are ranked No. 26.
  • Jordi Arconada and Max Lunkin are ranked No. 33 and have lost just once in 10 doubles matches this year.

History vs. Texas A&M

  • Friday’s match will be the 13th meeting between Ohio State and Texas A&M and the all-time series is split 6-6.
  • The teams are familiar with each other as they have squared-off six times in the last two -plus seasons.
  • Texas A&M won both meetings last year, once during the regular season and then in the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have won all three meetings in Columbus and also won 4-3 last Sunday in Charlotteville, Va.

Florida Snapshot

  • The Gators enter the weekend with a record of 4-2 overall.
  • Florida’s only two losses are 4-3 setbacks to No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 8 Southern Cal.
  • The doubles tandem of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson are the top-ranked doubles team in the country. They have a record of 11-2 and have 7 wins over Top-50 ranked players including wins over Nos. 1 and 2.
  • Elliot Orkin is the highest ranked Gator in the singles rankings at No. 21. He is 5-1 on the season and has wins at both the No. 1 and 2 positions.
  • Hidalgo checks in at No. 48 while Alfredo Perez is No. 54 and Chase Perez-Blanco is No. 88.

History vs. Florida

  • The Buckeyes and Gators are meeting for the ninth time on Sunday.
  • Ohio State holds a 5-3 edge in the all-time series.
  • Florida won the first three meetings in the series in 1955, 1956 and 1990. Since then, the Buckeyes have won five-straight matches.
  • This will be the Gators’ first match in Columbus.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes won 4-1 in Gainesville on March 10. The previous four matches were either played in the NCAA Tournament or the ITA Indoor Team Championship.