April 17, 2019

đź““ Notebook: April 17

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This week’s matches

Friday, April 19 vs. Purdue at 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 vs. Indiana at Noon

Noting this week

  • The Buckeyes have a chance to clinch its 14th consecutive Big Ten title this week when it closes out the regular season with matches against Purdue and Indiana
  • A win on Friday evening vs. Purdue would give the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big Ten Championship and would secure the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have not lost to Purdue under Ty Tucker, winning all 20 matches since 2000
  • Sunday’s match with Indiana will be Senior Day as Ohio State will honor Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert following the match.
  • Joyce earned All-America honors last season when he and Mikael Torpegaard finished runner-up in the NCAA Doubles Championship. The Hinsdale, Ill., native has been a mainstay in the Buckeyes’ lineup ever since he stepped foot on campus. He has more than 100 doubles wins and is just five wins shy of 200 combined wins for his career.
  • Tubert is one of the best doubles players in the country. He was in the top-10 nationally last year with 31 doubles wins and he has already matched that total this year. He has not lost a doubles match this yet this spring as he is 22-0. His next doubles win will be the 100th of his career.
  • After losing the first two matches of Tucker’s tenure to Indiana, the Buckeyes have reeled-off 20 in a row vs. the Hoosiers.
  • On the strength of the win over No. 14 Illinois, the Buckeyes jump back up No. 1 in the ITA rankings. This will be the seventh week this season the team has been ranked No. 1. They also spent seven weeks in the top spot in 2014.
  • Of course JJ Wolf remains No. 1 in the singles rankings as he is now 27-0 following his win over No. 6 Aleks Kovacevic.
  • John McNally picked up his eighth win over a ranked opponent on Sunday and bumped up to No. 23. Kyle Seelig continues to roll as he is ranked No. 56 and James Trotter checks in at No. 103.
  • In doubles, Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert remain in the top-10 at No. 9 while Joyce and Wolf are at No. 30. Seelig and Alex Kobelt are just ahead of them at No. 28 and Kobelt and Trotter jump up 10 spots to No. 45.

 

Last week’s results

W, 6-1 at Northwestern on April 12
W, 4-2 at #14 Illinois on April 14

Noting last week

  • Another week, another two wins for the Buckeyes. The Northwestern/Illinois weekend is always one of the toughest of the season and it’s even tougher on the road. But the Buckeyes rolled to a 6-1 victory Friday night over the Wildcats and wild 4-2 win at Illinois on Sunday
  • John McNally won four matches for the fourth consecutive weekend including the clinching point in the win over Illinois. The win over No. 48 Alex Brown of Illinois was his eighth win over a ranked opponent this season.
  • In a match that had huge B1G Player of the Year implications, JJ Wolf kept his perfect record with a 7-6, 7-6 win over No. 6 Aleks Kovacevik of Illinois Sunday. Wolf is now 27-0 on the season while Kovacevik drops his first match of the year.
  • Kyle Seelig dropped just six games in two singles victories over the weekend, taking down Northwestern’s Simen Bratholm 6-3, 6-1 and Illinois’ Keenan Mayo 6-1, 6-1. He is now 20-7 on the season and is undefeated in his last eight singles matches.
  • McNally and Hunter Tubert have combined to go 18-0 so far this spring at the No. 3 doubles spot. This team doesn’t get a whole lot of fanfare but they have been a huge reason the team has lost the doubles point just once this season.