January 25, 2018

PREVIEW: Buckeyes Host ITA Kickoff Weekend

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Jan. 25, 2018

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Ohio State vs. Yale, Tulsa/North Florida, Toledo

Date:

January 27-28, 2018

Time:

Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. | Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. or 12 p.m. | 5 p.m.

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Tournament Website:

ITA Kickoff Weekend

Live Video:

Ohio State Video

Online Coverage:

Live Scoring

ITA Rankings:

Team | Singles | Doubles

Current Team Rankings

2. Ohio State


SETTING THE SCENE

  • After a successful first weekend of team tennis with two sweeps over Xavier and Cleveland State, Ohio State looks to get three more matches under its belt this weekend. 
  • The Buckeyes host ITA Kickoff this weekend, playing matches on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ohio State will first face Yale at 10 a.m. Then, depending on the result of this match, they will either play Tulsa or North Florida on Sunday in either the consolation at 9 a.m. or final at noon.
  • Ohio State will then end the weekend with a 5 p.m. showdown vs. Toledo.
  • All matches will be held at the Varsity Tennis Center.

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Buckeyes start the season 2-0 after a 7-0 sweep of Xavier and 4-0 sweep of Cleveland State.
  • Ohio State has not yet lost a set in team match play this year.
  • The Buckeyes remain 2nd in the updated team rankings, below Wake Forest.
  • The Buckeyes brought back ten players from last season. Of these ten, five were starters in singles and four in doubles.
  • Five OSU players are starting the season ranked. The only other two teams that have five ranked players are Wake Forest (No. 1) and Georgia (No. 4).
  • Mikael Torpegaard opens the season ranked No. 5, Kyle Seelig is ranked No. 26, newcomer John McNally is tied for No. 57, JJ Wolf is ranked No. 60, and Martin Joyce is ranked No. 102. These rankings will hold until the next updated individual rankings on February 7th.
  • The Buckeyes also have a ranked doubles team in No. 55 Joyce/McNally.
  • Alumni Hugo Di Feo and Herkko Pollanen have also returned to the team as assistant coaches.
  • The Scarlet and Grey have also brought in two new freshmen. John McNally, a native from Cincinnati, is already ranked after this fall and projected to start. The Buckeyes also recruited Tim Seibert, a newcomer from Germany.
  • The Buckeyes had a busy fall, partaking in four different tournaments. In addition, some players also participated in professional events.
  • Five OSU players were invited to the ITA All-American Championship in October. Torpegaard went the farthest in singles, losing a tough three-set match in the semifinals.
  • In the ITA Midwest Regional Championship in singles, Joyce advanced up to the semifinals. McNally made the quarterfinals, and Seelig and Joseph Thomas lasted until the round of 16.
  • Matt Mendez was the runner-up in the Big Ten Singles Championship. He also made it to the quarterfinals in doubles with Hunter Tubert. To get to the finals, Mendez had to defeat fellow Buckeye Alex Kobelt in the semifinals. Additionally, Joseph Thomas placed in the quarterfinals in the singles competition.
  • Three Buckeyes participated in the ITA Fall Championship. McNally, Wolf, and Seelig all won their first matchup. Wolf won his second match before losing in the round of 16.
  • Wolf and Torpegaard played in some professional events over the fall. Wolf won his first professional title by winning the $25,000 USA34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas. He also made it to the finals of the USTA Boys’ 18 National Championship, losing in a close five-setter and barely missing a berth in the main draw of the U.S. Open.
  • Torpegaard has also partaken in multiple pro events over the fall, including tourneys in Columbus, Knoxville and Las Vegas. Additionally, he has done pro double events with fellow Buckeye Martin Joyce.

 

NOTING Yale

  • The Bulldogs opened the season last weekend 2-1 with a pair of wins against Santa Clara and Army West Point, before losing a close one to Florida Atlantic.
  • This will be the first match ever between Ohio State and Yale.
  • The Bulldogs do have a higher ranked doubles team than any Buckeye team in No. 50 Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler.

NOTING TULSA

  • The Golden Hurricanes have started out the season 2-2, with wins over Bryant and their conference’s champ last year in USF. They received losses from Arkansas and No. 19 California.
  • All matches were competitive, as both teams got at least two points in every match.
  • The Buckeyes may get their first taste of ranked opponents in singles, as Tulsa has two in No. 56 Majed Kilani and No. 82 Joshua Goodger. The two combined are 6-1 on the year in dual match play. Goodger is undefeated in dual match play, while Kilani earlier this year made it to the semifinals of the ITA Regionals.
  • Ohio State is 4-1 all-time vs. Tulsa, including an NCAA Tournament win in 2011. However, their last matchup in 2015 was their first loss to the Golden Hurricanes, where they dropped the match 2-5 in Tulsa, losing five of six singles matches.
  • Torpegaard and Mendez were two of these singles losses back in 2015, and in particular will be looking to avenge themselves if these two teams face off.

NOTING North Florida

  • The Ospreys are currently 1-2 after the Florida State Invitational, starting the season with a sweep over Florida A&M but then faltering with losses to Furman and Georgia State.
  • Joe Ellis is leading the way for North Florida, with two singles wins in three matchups.
  • This could be the potential first-ever matchup between the Buckeyes and the Ospreys.

NOTING Toledo

  • The Rockets are coming off a 6-1 victory over Wright State, after previous losses to Louisville and Dayton, to open the season 1-2.
  • The Rockets are led by Vince Anzalone and Thawin Suksathaporn, who both have two singles wins on the year out of three matches.
  • The Buckeyes and Rockets have faced off numerous times, with the Buckeyes on top in the all-time record, 33-3.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have won 32 straight matches since last losing in 1966.
  • Ohio State played Toledo as their opening match of the season last year, winning 7-0.
  • Six of seven Buckeyes that participated in last year’s match are returning, as Herkko Pollanen, now a student assistant for the team, is the only player from this match not returning as a player.