February 11, 2019

📓 Notebook: Feb. 11

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This week’s matches

Tuesday, Feb. 12 vs. No. 5 Southern Cal at 6 p.m. in the VTC
Friday-Monday, Feb. 15-18 at ITA National Indoor Championship in Chicago, Ill.

Noting this week

  • HUGE, HUGE, HUGE week for the Buckeyes. They start by hosting No. 5 Southern Cal on Tuesday at the VTC and then head to the Midtown Athletic Club in downtown Chicago for the ITA Indoor National Team Championships this weekend.
  • This will be Southern Cal’s first trip to Columbus for a match
  • The Trojans started the season 5-0 but dropped a pair of 4-3 decisions over the weekend to Stanford and Cal and currently sit at 5-2
  • The Buckeyes won a hard-fought 4-3 match last year in Los Angeles as John McNally provided the clinching point
  • The draw for the indoor championship will be announced later this week. A win on Tuesday night, coupled with Wake Forest’s loss last Friday evening at Virginia, would likely give the Buckeyes the No. 1 seed in the event.

Last week’s results

W, 6-1 vs. Arizona State on Friday
W, 4-0 vs. No. 24 Georgia on Sunday

Noting last week

  • The Buckeyes have been strong this season at the bottom of the singles lineup. Martin Joyce, Alex Kobelt and Hunter Tubert each picked up a pair of wins at the Nos. 4-6 spots this weekend.
  • The Buckeyes also won the doubles point in both matches and if you ask Coach Tucker, he’ll be quick to tell you the most important point in the collegiate game is the doubles point.
  • Kobelt and Joyce are both serving tremendously well at the moment. In fact, Joyce didn’t lose a point on his serve Sunday until late in the second set.
  • On Friday, JJ Wolf lost a set for the first time this year, falling in a second-set tiebreak to Arizona State’s Nathan Ponwith. How did he respond? By winning the third set super tiebreaker 10-0.
  • Sunday’s match vs. Georgia was a dominating win. The Buckeyes won all six of the first sets and then it turned into a race to see who could secure the second, third and fourth points. Joyce and Tubert posted the first two and then Kobelt, McNally and Wolf all had match point at the same time. Kobelt, however, was serving. He won his point on court five for the fourth point and Wolf and McNally’s opponents, who were both serving, elected not to finish the match.
  • That was extremely tough for McNally as he was leading 6-2, 5-1 and was a point away from knock-off the seventh ranked player in the country which would have tied the highest ranked win of his career.