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April 6, 2017

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Ohio State vs. Indiana & Purdue

Date:

April 7 & April 9, 2017

Time:

6 p.m. & Noon

Venue:

OSU Varsity Tennis Center

Live Video:

Ohio State Video (Indoors)

Online Coverage:

Live Scoring (Indoors) | Live Scoring (Outdoors)

ITA Rankings:

Team | Singles | Doubles

Current Team Rankings

2. Ohio State
45. Indiana
— Purdue


Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes return home to open a four-match home stand this weekend with matches against Indiana and Purdue.
  • The match against Indiana is set for April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center on Henderson Rd.
  • The match vs. Purdue is tentatively set to be played outdoors at the OSU Tennis Courts on campus beginning at Noon.
  • The Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0 in conference play and have won 19-straight matches vs. Big Ten foes.

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 20-3 on the season and 5-0 in Big Ten play.
  • This is the 17th-straight season under Ty Tucker with at least 20 victories.
  • The Buckeyes have won eight matches this season over top-20 ranked foes.
  • OSU’s three losses have been close losses against top 10 teams. They have been defeated 4-1 by No. 3 Virginia 4-1, and 4-3 by No. 6 Texas and No. 7 Texas A&M.
  • The Buckeyes impressive resume includes wins over No.1 Wake Forest, No. 8 Oklahoma State (sweep), No. 12 Florida, No. 13 Oklahoma (two sweeps), No. 14 Georgia (sweep), as well as five other nationally ranked teams. They also earned a runner-up finish in the ITA National Indoor Championships earlier this year.
  • Torpegaard is having his best season in singles for the Buckeyes so far, going 19-0 in dual match play, and further cementing himself as the No. 1 player in the ITA in singles rankings.
  • Hugo Di Feo is also ranked No. 7 with the updated rankings, giving the Buckeyes two of the top-10 players in the ITA.
  • Di Feo has gone 15-2 in dual match play, and 21-4 on the year in singles matches.
  • In the updated rankings, JJ Wolf is now ranked No. 81.
  • Wolf is currently at 9-2 on the season, and has two wins over ranked opponents.
  • Herkko Pollanen is also at No. 101, and has gone 9-5 in dual match play, and 17-7 on the year in singles.
  • Kyle Seelig has had a successful year for the Buckeyes on courts 4-6, going 15-2 in dual match play, including 7-0 at the No. 4 spot.
  • The Scarlet and Gray still have two ranked teams in doubles. Pollanen/Torpegaard are at No. 20 with a 16-5 doubles record.
  • Di Feo/Joyce are up to No. 35 with an 11-1 record in dual matches.

 

Indiana SNAPSHOT

  • Indiana is 11-8 on the season and 2-3 in Big Ten play.
  • The Hoosiers are 2-2 away from home and have yet to beat at nationally ranked team.
  • IU checks in this week at No. 45 in the ITA rankings.
  • Indiana has one ranked doubles team of Keivon Tabrizi and Raheel Manji who jumped 12 spots this week up to No. 58. The tandem is 5-3 at the No. 1 spot this season.
  • The Hoosiers are coached by former Buckeye Jeremy Wurtzman. Wurtzman was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2001-04 and earned All-America honors as a season. The three-time All-Big Ten selection finished with a 132-45 career singles record. He also served as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 2009 when they finished runner-up in the NCAA Championships.

 

HISTORY VS. INDIANA

  • The Buckeyes hold a slight edge in the all-time series with the Hoosiers with a 47-41.
  • Head Coach Ty Tucker is 17-2 in his career against Indiana, with both of the losses coming in 2000, his first season as head coach.
  • Last year, the No. 5 Buckeyes rolled to a 4-0 victory in Bloomington on April 8.

 

PURDUE SNAPSHOT

  • The Boilermakers enter the weekend at 13-10 on the season and 2-3 in the Big Ten.
  • Purdue is unranked in the latest ITA poll
  • Purdue opens the weekend on Friday evening at Penn State before heading to Columbus on Sunday.
  • The Boilers are searching for their first road victory of the season as they are 0-6 so far.
  • Purdue does have a pair of ranked wins to its credit, a 4-3 win at home over No. 23 Illinois and a 4-1 win over No. 45 Tulsa.
  • Gergely Madarasz is the lone ranked Boilermaker in the ITA rankings as he checks in at No. 96. He is 10-6 this spring bouncing between the Nos. 1-2 spots.
  • Madarasz and doubles partner Ricky Medinilla went 6-1 this fall and are 4-0 this spring in dual matches for a 10-1 overall mark. The pair is ranked No. 16 in the latest poll.

 

HISTORY VS. PURDUE

  • Ohio State holds a dominant 61-16 all-time record against Purdue, with the last Buckeye loss coming in the 1999 season, John Daly’s final season as head coach.
  • Director of Tennis Ty Tucker is a perfect 18-0 against the Boilermakers.
  • A 5-2 Ohio State victory in Columbus in 2003 was the start of the Buckeyes’ historic run of 200 straight home victories.
  • Last season, the Buckeyes cruised to a 4-0 victory at Purdue on April 10.