April 12, 2017

PREVIEW: Ohio State vs. Minnesota & Wisconsin

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April 12, 2017

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Ohio State vs. Minnesota & Wisconsin

Date:

April 14 & April 16, 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
29. Wisconsin
31. Minnesota


Setting The Scene

  • The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes remain in Columbus this weekend, playing their final two matches of the regular season against two ranked B1G teams.
  • The Buckeyes first face No. 31 Minnesota on Friday at 6 p.m. at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center and then No. 29 Wisconsin Sunday at Noon outdoors at the OSU Varsity Tennis Courts.
  • Sunday will serve as Senior Day for the Buckeyes as they will honor senior Herkko Pollanen and junior Hugo Di Feo.

 

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

  • Ohio State is 22-3 on the season and 7-0 in Big Ten play. They are undefeated at home, and have not lost in Columbus since March 6, 2015.
  • 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 21-0 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 17-2 in dual match play, and 23-4 on the year in singles matches.
  • In the updated rankings, JJ Wolf jumped up 16 spots and is now ranked No. 65.
  • Wolf is currently at 11-2 on the season, and has two wins over ranked opponents. He has played seven three-set matches so far this year, and has gone 6-1 in those matches.
  • Herkko Pollanen is also ranked at No. 108, and has gone 11-5 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 17-2 in dual match play, including 8-0 at the No. 4 spot.
  • The Scarlet and Gray still have two ranked teams in doubles. Pollanen/Torpegaard jumped up 11 spots to No. 9 with a 16-4 doubles record.
  • Di Feo/Joyce are up to No. 26 with a 12-1 record in dual matches.

 

MINNESOTA SNAPSHOT

  • Minnesota is 15-6 on the year and 4-3 in conference play. They are also 4-3 in away matches on the year.
  • The Gophers are ranked No. 31 in the latest poll. Their most impressive wins have come against No. 23 Oregon and No. 28 Illinois.
  • Of Minnesota’s six losses, five have come against ranked teams.
  • Minnesota has one ranked singles player in No. 74 Matic Spec. He is 10-9 at the No. 1 single spot for the Gophers.
  • The rest of Minnesota’s lineup is having a successful season as well, as five other players have at least 12 wins and at most 7 losses in dual match play.
  • Spec and Felix Corwin lead the way in doubles for the Gophers with a 12-4 record in dual match play.

 

HISTORY VS. MINNESOTA

  • Minnesota holds a slight advantage in the all-time series record at 36-33.
  • The Buckeyes have won the last 17 matches against Minnesota. Their last loss was in the 2003 Big Ten Tournament.
  • Head coach Ty Tucker is 20-3 against Minnesota.
  • The last match between OSU and Minnesota was a sweep for the Buckeyes last year in Minneapolis.

 

WISCONSIN SNAPSHOT

  • Wisconsin is 14-4 on the year and 5-2 in conference play. They are 4-3 in away matches on the year.
  • The Badgers are ranked No. 29 in the latest poll. Their most impressive wins come against No. 21 Northwestern and No. 31 Minnesota. Their four losses come against No. 15 Michigan, No. 25 Cornell, No. 28 Illinois, and unranked Pennsylvania.
  • Of Wisconsin’s four losses, only one is at home, and the other three are away.
  • Wisconsin has no ranked singles or doubles players.
  • The Badger’s most successful singles player this season has been Daniel Soyfer, who has gone 11-3 in dual match play, and 9-3 in the No. 6 position.
  • Chase Colton/Lamar Remy have been a solid doubles combination for Wisconsin, and have gone 14-2 on the year in dual match play.

 

HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN

  • The Scarlet and Gray currently lead the all-time series 44-31 over the Badgers. This includes a 1-0 record in NCAA Tournament.
  • The last loss to Wisconsin was when John Daly was head coach in 1999. The season after, Ty Tucker took over, and the Buckeyes have won 24-straight over the Badgers since.
  • Last year’s matchup was a sweep by the Buckeyes in Madison, Wis., which was part of the Buckeyes run of sweeping every Big Ten opponent last year.