February 2, 2018

PREVIEW: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Texas

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Feb. 2, 2018

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#2 Ohio State vs. #13 Texas

Date:

February 3, 2018

Time:

1 p.m.

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Live Video:

Ohio State Video

Online Coverage:

Live Scoring

ITA Rankings:

Team | Singles | Doubles

Current Team Rankings

2. Ohio State

13. Texas


SETTING THE SCENE

  • The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes will have their toughest challenges of the season to date during the next two weeks, facing three top-15 teams in a row.
  • All three of these matches will take place at the Varsity Tennis Center.
  • The first of these ranked matchups will take place February 3rd at 1 p.m. vs. No. 13 Texas.
  • The Buckeyes will then have two matches next week against No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 8 Florida before travelling to Seattle the week after for the ITA Indoor Championships.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The Buckeyes have started off the season 5-0, with wins over Xavier, Cleveland State, Toledo, Yale and North Florida in the past two weeks.
  • All of these wins have been sweeps, with the Buckeyes point record this season standing at 24-0.
  • Along with not giving up a point, the Buckeyes have not yet given up a doubles set, and have only given up two sets in singles.
  • In the first USTA College Tennis Top 25 rankings of the season, the Buckeyes were placed on top at No. 1.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 in the ITA poll. 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 last weekend by defeating Yale and North Florida during ITA Kickoff weekend.
  • This marks the 10th straight year the Buckeyes have qualified.
  • Five OSU players are starting the season ranked. The only other two teams that have five ranked players are Wake Forest (No. 3) and Georgia (No. 4).
  • Mikael Torpegaard opens the season ranked No. 5, Kyle Seelig is ranked No. 26, 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 are 16-0 in singles matches. This includes three wins from Torpegaard and Tim Seibert, and two from Joyce, McNally, Seelig, and Wolf.
  • Ohio State is also 8-0 in doubles matches. There was lots of mixing and matching during the first five matches, but contributing to four of the wins was Hunter Tubert, and three of the wins Matt Mendez.
  • The Buckeyes also have a ranked doubles team in No. 55 Joyce/McNally.
  • The Buckeyes have not yet faced a ranked singles player or doubles team. Torpegaard/Joyce did start a match against Yale’s No. 50 Fedor Andrienko/Stefan Doehler, but the doubles point was clinched for the Buckeyes before that match could be finished.
  • This will change on Saturday, as Texas has four ranked singles players, and two ranked doubles combinations.

Texas snapshot

  • The Longhorns are 4-1 on the year, with all five matches taking place at home. This upcoming matchup against the Buckeyes will be the Longhorn’s first away match of the season.
  • Texas’ wins include sweeps over UTSA, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and SMU, and a 4-1 win over Tennessee.
  • Texas’ lone loss was a close 4-3 struggle against unranked but undefeated Notre Dame, who won the bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships during that weekend.
  • Because of this, Texas has dropped from No. 8 to No. 13 in both the ITA and USTA polls.
  • Texas has four top-100 singles players: No. 27 Harrison Scott, No. 37 Leonardo Telles, No. 52 John Mee, and No. 98 Rodrigo Banzer.
  • Having the most successful singles run for the Longhorns is Yuya Ito, who has won his singles match in all five matches.
  • The Longhorns also have a very strong doubles lineup, as they have two top-25 duos in No. 5 Banzer/Telles and No. 23 Ito/Scott.
  • These two duos, along with the duo of Colin Markes/Adrian Ortiz, are 2-0 in doubles play.

History vs. Texas

  • The Buckeyes’ and Longhorns’ all-time series is 7-6 in favor of the Longhorns.
  • These two team’s first match took place during the 1983-84 season, which resulted in a 6-3 win for the Longhorns.
  • At home, the Buckeyes do have a 1-0 advantage over Texas, as their first meeting in Columbus was a 4-0 sweep in favor of the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes have won two of the last three, including that sweep and a 4-3 win in the round of 16 NCAA Championship two years ago.

last meeting vs. texas

  • The Buckeyes and Longhorns faced off just last year on March 15, 2017.
  • 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. 8 Longhorns, every singles match went to a third set.
  • Ohio State won the doubles point with wins by No. 15 Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen and No. 32 Joyce/Hugo Di Feo.
  • The Buckeyes then raised the score to 3-0 with wins by Torpegaard and Wolf at courts 1 and 2, defeating No. 12 Christian Sigsgaard and No. 70 Harrison Scott.
  • However, none of the other Buckeyes could hang on in the third set. Joyce and Seelig both had third set tie-breakers but couldn’t recover from early deficits in the tie break.
  • While they will be looking for vengeance, this match won’t be any easier for the Buckeyes, as five of seven Longhorn participants from last season’s match will be returning.