March 5, 2018

PREVIEW: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 17 Georgia

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March 5, 2018

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Ohio State at Georgia

Date:

March 7, 2018

Time:

2:30 p.m. ET

Venue:

Dan Magill Tennis Complex – Athens, Ga.

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3. Ohio State

17. Georgia

 

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will play their eighth ranked team in nine matches, facing off against the No. 17 Georgia Bulldogs.
  • This match will be played in Athens, Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at 2:30. This is where NCAA team and individual championships were held last season.
  • This will be the Buckeye’s first of three ranked non-conference opponents before facing off against four straight Big Ten opponents. It will also be their first of four away matches before returning to the Varsity Tennis Center.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes had their first Big Ten opponent of the year last Wednesday, sweeping Penn State 7-0.
  • The Buckeyes are 12-1 on the year. They are 6-1 in ranked matchups, and 3-1 away from home.
  • The Scarlet and Gray faced one other No. 17 seed this year in Notre Dame. They won handily 5-2, including a clinch at 4-1.
  • The Buckeyes have an impressive resume, with wins against No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 10 Duke (sweep), No. 18 Florida, No. 20 Texas (sweep), and No. 21 Notre Dame. Their lone loss is to No. 4 UCLA in the quarterfinals of ITA Indoors.
  • Ohio State has held steady at No. 3 in the past couple ITA polls. They trail Stanford and Wake Forest. New team rankings come out on Tuesday.
  • The Buckeyes are also No. 3 in the USTA poll, below Wake Forest and UCLA.
  • The Buckeyes are 47-12 in singles matches, and 22-5 in doubles matches. This gives them a point record on the season of 58-14.
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 11-2 on the season on the doubles point, and 11-0 on the season when winning the doubles point. They haven’t given up a doubles set in three straight matches.
  • The Buckeyes possess four top-60 singles players, and a top-10 doubles pairing. The individual rankings will also be updated tomorrow.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is currently No. 2 in the country. He has had eight straight matches against top 100 opponents. He has gone 6-1 (one unfinished) in these bouts, including wins over the then No. 1 and No. 9 players in the country. He sits behind North Carolina’s No. 1 William Blumberg, who defeated Torpegaard during ITA Indoors.
  • Torpegaard also earned his eighth and ninth career Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week award the past two weeks.
  • Kyle Seelig has held steady at No. 30 in the past few rankings. Seelig earned a double-bagel last week on his way to be the first to win his singles match vs. Penn State. He is 7-2 in dual match play.
  • JJ Wolf is No. 55 in the rankings. He is 7-2 on the year, and 4-1 against nationally ranked players.
  • John McNally is No. 49 in the rankings. He is on a roll right now, winning his past four matches, and has not dropped a set since February 9.
  • Veteran Martin Joyce is having a solid year. He is 8-3 in dual match play, and has won against both of his ranked opponents.
  • The Buckeyes singles lineup is rounded out by Tim Seibert, who is 5-2 on the year.
  • Ohio State has a top-10 doubles team in the rankings: No. 10 Torpegaard/Joyce. They defeated the No. 5 team in the rankings in two straight matches, and are 7-1 on the season.
  • Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez have also been a strong doubles pairing for the Buckeyes, going 8-1 on the season so far.

Georgia SNAPSHOT

  • The Georgia Bulldogs won five straight to start the year, but have lost four of their last five matches to currently sit at 6-4 on the season.
  • Seven of the ten Bulldog’s matches have been against ranked opponents. They have wins against No. 5 Columbia, No. 41 Memphis, No. 42 Iowa and three unranked opponents. Their losses have come against No. 2 Stanford, No. 11 USC, No. 18 Florida, and No. 29 South Carolina.
  • Ohio State has also faced Florida, defeating them 5-2.
  • The Bulldogs, similar to the Buckeyes, advanced to the quarterfinals of ITA National Indoors before falling to Stanford.
  • This will be the first home matchup with a ranked opponent for the Bulldogs since January.
  • Georgia has five ranked players: No. 11 Wayne Montgomery, No. 19 Walker Duncan, No. 28 Jan Zielinski, No. 40 Emil Reinberg, and No. 89 Nathan Ponwith.
  • Jan Zielinski and Walker Duncan are having the most successful singles seasons for the team with eight and seven wins respectively.
  • Georgia also has a top-15 doubles team of No. 12 Zielinski and Robert Loeb.
  • Duncan/Montgomery lead the team with six wins in doubles.
  • Doubles has been much weaker than singles for the Bulldogs, who are 32-16 in singles and 11-14 in doubles.

HISTORY VS. Georgia

  • The Buckeye’s all-time record vs. the Bulldogs is 12-5 in favor of Georgia.
  • The Buckeyes have won five of the past eight matchups against Georgia.
  • The previous two matches have also had Ohio State as a top-5 team, and Georgia as a top-20 team.

LAST MATCHUP VS. Georgia

  • Last year on February 12, 2017, the Buckeyes swept Georgia 4-0 at home to beat their second top-15 team of the weekend.
  • The Buckeye’s win moved them up to 9-0 at home on the year, the exact same home record for the Buckeyes currently.
  • Six Buckeyes and six Bulldogs return from last year’s matchup.
  • Mendez and Tubert will be looking to get revenge in doubles, as they dropped their set to Ponwith/Montgomery 6-2.
  • Torpegaard and Joyce both won their doubles matches, and Torpegaard and Seelig both won their singles matches during the win.