February 24, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes Head to Notre Dame for First True Road Test

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Feb. 24, 2018

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Ohio State at Notre Dame

Date:

February 25, 2018

Time:

12 p.m. ET

Venue:

Eck Tennis Pavilion – South Bend, Ind.

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Current Team Rankings

3. Ohio State

17. Notre Dame


SETTING THE SCENE

  • The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will hope to add another top-20 win this weekend against the No. 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
  • This match will be held at Notre Dame’s Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana.
  • The match will be played Sunday at Noon.
  • This will be the Buckeye’s first away match this season (ITA National Team Indoor Championship matches were all neutral site matches).

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes took part last weekend in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Washington.
  • They earned wins against No. 6 North Carolina and No. 13 Duke, but suffered their first loss of the season to No. 4 UCLA.
  • This puts them at 10-1 on the season, and 5-1 against nationally ranked teams.
  • Their win against Duke sent them to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the 12th straight season.
  • The Buckeyes now have wins against No. 5, No. 6 (Texas A&M), No. 13, No. 15 (Florida), and No. 24 (Texas).
  • The Buckeyes are 8-0 at home and 2-1 away from home.
  • In the latest ITA poll, Stanford has passed up Ohio State to take the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes have slipped to No. 3. Wake Forest, who won ITA Indoors, remains at No. 1. UCLA, who defeated Ohio State, rises up to No. 4.
  • The Buckeyes are also No. 3 in the USTA poll, below Wake Forest and UCLA. Notre Dame is No. 20 in this poll.
  • The Buckeyes are 34-10 in singles matches, and 16-5 in doubles matches. This gives them a point record on the season of 42-12.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 8-2 on the season on the doubles point, and 8-0 on the season when winning the doubles point.
  • The ITA singles rankings were updated on Tuesday, with the Buckeyes continuing to possess four top-60 players.
  • Mikael Torpegaard jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 thanks to his immense success in ITA Indoors. Torpegaard defeated the No. 1 player in the country for the second time in his career, beating UCLA’s Martin Redlicki in straight sets. Torpegaard has had two other ranked wins since the last rankings update. He sits behind North Carolina’s William Blumberg, who defeated Torpegaard during the tournament. He is 7-1 on the year.
  • Torpegaard also earned his eighth career Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week award this past week.
  • Kyle Seelig holds steady at No. 30 in the updated rankings. 5-1 on the season so far, he was the final factor in a 4-3 decision against North Carolina, winning his match 6-4, 7-6.
  • JJ Wolf is No. 55 in the new rankings. He adds two ranked wins with a win over No. 81 Robert Kelly, and No. 84 Patrick Kypson in a match that was vengeance for his loss in the 2017 USTA Boys 18s finals in Kalamazoo.
  • John McNally rises up seven spots to No. 49 in the new rankings. His straight sets win over No. 124 Simon Soendergaard was also instrumental in their victory over North Carolina.
  • The Buckeye’s singles lineup is rounded out by Tim Seibert and Martin Joyce, who have gone 4-2 and 5-3 respectively in dual match play.
  • Ohio State now has a top-10 doubles team in the new rankings: No. 10 Torpegaard/Joyce. They defeated the No. 5 team in the rankings in two straight matches, and are 5-1 on the season.
  • Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez have also been a strong doubles pairing for the Buckeyes, going 6-1 on the season so far.
  • The Buckeyes have struggles in doubles recently, losing the doubles point in their last two matches. They will look to change this on Sunday.

 

Notre Dame snapshot

  • The Fighting Irish won seven straight to start the year, but have lost their last four, to currently sit at 7-4.
  • Their win streak included wins over No. 24 Texas and No. 41 Minnesota. Their loss streak has involved only top-15 teams: No. 6 North Carolina, No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Duke, and No. 15 Florida. Ohio State has faced and beaten all of these teams other than Michigan.
  • The ranking of Notre Dame is at No. 17.
  • The Fighting Irish have not had a home match since January 21. Then, they had a doubleheader and won both matches vs. Kentucky and Cleveland State. They are 3-0 at home.
  • Notre Dame qualified for ITA Indoors with their wins over Texas and Minnesota, but lost every match at the tournament.
  • This was the Fighting Irish’s first appearance since 2014, and 11th appearance overall in ITA Indoors.
  • The Fighting Irish are 32-22 in singles matches and 14-10 in doubles matches.
  • Notre Dame currently has two ranked singles players: No. 35 Alex Lebedev, and No. 125 Richard Ciamarra.
  • Lebedev faced Wolf in the ITA All-American Championships in October, beating him in a three set match.
  • Ciamarra leads the Fighting Irish with a 10-1 dual match record.
  • Notre Dame has one ranked doubles group in No. 28 Brendon Kempin and Tristan McCormick. This group’s last set was a win against the No. 5 doubles team in the nation.
  • Ciamarra and Matt Gamble lead the fighting Irish in doubles wins with six.

History vs. Notre Dame

  • The Buckeyes all-time record vs. the Fighting Irish is 32-26 in favor of Ohio State.
  • This is the 59th meeting between the two teams, the second-most between Ohio State and any non-conference opponent (Ohio Wesleyan).
  • The Buckeyes have not lost a match against Notre Dame since 2006. They are on a 13-game win streak.

Last matchup vs. notre Dame

  • Last year on March 3, 2017, the Buckeyes swept the fighting Irish 7-0 at home to move up to 15-1 on the season.
  • This was the Buckeye’s first match as the No. 1 team last season. Notre Dame was No. 29.
  • The doubles point was swiftly won by the Buckeyes with wins from Torpegard/Herkko Pollanen and Joyce/Hugo Di Feo.
  • Notre Dame was then swept in the singles matches. While three of the matches went to third set super tiebreakers, OSU pulled out the win in all three of those, and then won three straight set matches.
  • Notre Dame is returning three players from last year: Lebedev, Gamble and Guillermo Cabrera.