February 8, 2018

PREVIEW: Big Weekend in Store for the No. 2 Buckeyes

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Feb. 8, 2018

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Ohio State vs. Texas A&M & Florida

Date:

February 9 & 11, 2018

Time:

February 9 at 6 p.m. | February 11 at Noon

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center

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Current Team Rankings

2. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
11. Florida


SETTING THE SCENE

  • The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will face their two highest ranked opponents of the season this weekend, playing the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies and the No. 11 Florida Gators.
  • Both of these matches will be held at the Varsity Tennis Center.
  • Ohio State will first face the Aggies Friday evening at 6 p.m.
  • They will then get Saturday to rest and recover before ending the weekend against the Gators at noon on Sunday.
  • That will be the last of the home matches until late February. Between now and then, the Buckeyes will have traveled to Seattle to partake in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, as well as played their first away match of the season against No. 22 Notre Dame, before coming back to the VTC for a match against Penn State on February 28 to open Big Ten play.

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes have started off the season 6-0, and added their first ranked win of the season after a 4-0 sweep of No. 16 Texas last week.
  • All other wins have been sweeps as well, with the Buckeye’s current point record sitting at 28-0.
  • Along with not giving up a point, the Buckeyes have not yet given up a doubles set, and have only given up four sets in singles.
  • In the first two USTA College Tennis Top 25 rankings of the season, the Buckeyes were placed on top at No. 1.
  • The Buckeyes are have held steady in the No. 2 in the ITA poll updated on Wednesday. They are ranked below Wake Forest, who is No. 3 in the USTA poll, and slid by an unranked Vanderbilt team 4-3 to qualify for the National Indoor Championships.
  • Speaking of which, the Scarlet and Gray also qualified for the National Indoor Championships by defeating Yale and North Florida during ITA Kickoff weekend.
  • This marks the 10th straight year the Buckeyes have qualified.
  • The Buckeyes are 19-0 in singles matches, and 10-0 in doubles matches.
  • In the singles rankings updated for the first time since November, Ohio State has four players ranked in the top 60.
  • Mikael Torpegaard remains at the No. 5 spot. Going 4-0 in dual match play, Torpegaard has only given up 11 games in four matches, including a top-30 foe. This brings Torpegaard’s record to 8-1 on the season, and 4-1 against top-40 opponents.
  • Kyle Seelig moved to No. 30 in the updated rankings. Earning three singles wins so far in dual match play, his record has improved on the season to 13-4, with a 3-2 record against ranked opponents.
  • The biggest benefiter of the new singles rankings, Wolf has jumped 19 spots to earn the No. 41 spot. Really turning it on as of late, Wolf has only given up one game in each of his three wins, including a top-40 opponent. This puts his season record at 6-2, with a 3-1 record against ranked opponents.
  • John McNally has held steady in the rankings at No. 56. Also having a record of 3-0 in dual match play, his season record has jumped up to 9-3. McNally has given up 10 total games in his three completed matches in dual match play.
  • In his first three matches for the Scarlet and Gray, Tim Seibert has shown to be a helpful addition to the Buckeye’s already loaded singles lineup, giving up eight games total in his three wins so far this season.
  • The Buckeyes have their singles lineup rounded out with another veteran in Martin Joyce, who has gone 4-0 in dual match play, including a win over a top-100 opponent to give the Buckeyes the clinch over the No. 16 Longhorns. This puts him at 11-3 on the season.
  • Ohio State now has two top-50 doubles teams in the updated rankings.
  • In the first updated doubles rankings since November, the pairing of Torpegaard/Joyce were placed at No.25, and a big part of it was their clutch win against the No. 5 team in the country when facing the Longhorns.
  • Torpegaard/Joyce are now 2-0 in dual match play, 3-1 on the season, and 2-1 against nationally ranked teams.
  • Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert are now ranked at No. 43. They swept the No. 23 doubles team in the country this past Saturday.
  • Mendez/Tubert have the most dual match doubles wins of any other combination with three. This puts them at 9-2 on the season.
  • The Buckeyes had not yet faced a ranked singles player or doubles team until facing Texas. Interestingly enough, they defeated every ranked singles and doubles player that Texas put in the match, while all unranked Texas players never completed their match before the clinch by the Buckeyes.

 

Texas A&M snapshot

  • The Aggies are also undefeated this year, sitting at 4-0. 
  • They gave up one point in their first match, a 6-1 win against Arizona State. They haven’t given up any since, with a point record of 21-1.
  • Texas A&M’s other wins include 4-0 sweeps over LSU and Cal Poly to qualify for the Indoor National Indoor Championships, and a 7-0 sweep of Tulsa.
  • The Aggies have not yet faced a ranked opponent. No. 2 Ohio State will be their first.
  • The Aggies themselves have slowly but steadily risen through the rankings over the season, and are now sitting at No. 6.
  • Texas A&M has five top-100 singles players: No. 35 Valentin Vacherot, No. 52 Arthur Rinderknech, No. 67 Jordi Arconada, No. 84 Patrick Kypson, and No. 97 AJ Catanzariti.
  • The Buckeyes will have to watch out, as the Aggies are 9-5 against nationally ranked singles players.
  • Leading the way in singles is Kypson, who is 3-0 at the No. 1 spot for the Aggies.
  • Rinderknech and Juan Carlos Aguilar are also 4-0 in singles in dual match play.
  • The Scarlet and Gray will have another struggle winning the doubles point, as the Aggies have a strong doubles lineup with No. 6 Aguilar/Arconada and No. 27 Arconada/Kevin Lam.
  • Both the Buckeyes and the Aggies have not yet lost a set in dual match doubles, so that will change for at least one team this Friday.

History vs. Texas A&M

  • The Buckeyes’ and Aggie’s all-time record is tied at 7-7.
  • These teams first faced off in the 1995-96 season, and was a 6-1 win for the Aggies.
  • Recently, these two teams have played some very close matches. Three of these matches ended 4-3, with the Buckeyes getting one sweep in the 15-16 season. The last four matches have gone 2-2.
  • The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings at the VTC.
  • The Buckeyes and Longhorns faced off just last year on March 19.
  • This match was part of a Texas road trip during Ohio State’s spring break in which the Buckeyes faced both Texas and Texas A&M.
  • It was a forgettable trip as the Buckeyes suffered their second and third losses of the season, both of which were very close 4-3 grinders.
  • In the match against the No. 11 Aggies, the Buckeyes swept in doubles, but couldn’t hold off Texas A&M in singles.
  • Ohio State won the doubles point with wins by No. 15 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen and No. 32 Joyce/Hugo Di Feo.
  • Wolf lost the first match of his career after leading 6-0, 4-2, and will be looking to seek revenge on Friday.
  • Other returners to this match are Joyce and Tubert, who both won in doubles but lost in singles, and Torpegaard, who beat the No. 8 player in the country 6-2, 6-4.

Florida snapshot

  • The Gators won their first three matches, including two 4-0 sweeps to qualify for the Indoor National Championships, before being upset by No. 17 Florida State 4-3. 
  • Florida will play the Buckeye’s rival Michigan on Friday before their upcoming Sunday match against the Scarlet and Gray.
  • All four matches have been in Florida, so this will be one of the first matches travelling out of state for the Gators.
  • Ohio State’s top two guys will have a real challenge on Sunday, as they face two top-10 opponents: No. 7 Johannes Ingildsen, and No. 9 Alfredo Perez.
  • The Gators also have three top-50 guys as Duarte Vale is No. 43.
  • Andy Andrade has the most singles wins for the Gators with three.
  • The Gators also are ridiculously talented at doubles, with 3 top-10 and 4 top-30 doubles teams.
  • Florida has not yet lost the doubles point, and has only dropped one doubles set.
  • No. 10 Oliver Crawford/Chase Perez-Blanco have the most doubles wins for the Gators with four.

History vs. Florida

  • The all-time series between Florida and Ohio State is in the favor of the Buckeyes at 7-3.
  • Their first match was in the 1954-55 season, and was an 8-1 win for the Gators.
  • After losing their first three, Ohio State has won the last seven matchups against Florida.
  • Four of these matchups have either been in the NCAA tournament or the National Indoor Championships, with the Buckeyes going 4-0 in these matchups.
  • Their last matchup was last year on February 26, and was in Florida.
  • Florida won the doubles point, buy Ohio State dominated in singles and ended up winning the match 4-1.
  • After losses by Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen and Mendez/Tubert in doubles, wins by Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, Pollanen and Seelig gave the Buckeyes the win. Four of the six matches were three sets long.