January 8, 2020

Buckeyes 6th to Start the 2020 Season



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off one of its best fall seasons in recent years, the Ohio State men’s tennis team will start the team portion of the season ranked sixth in the preseason Oracle ITA Division I Men’s Team Rankings.

Of the four individual collegiate events in the fall, a Buckeye (or two) brought home hardware from each event. Freshman standout Cannon Kingsley, playing in his first collegiate event, won the consolation bracket at the season-opening ITA All-American Championship. John McNally was the most dominant player at the ITA Midwest Regional Championship, winning the singles title and then teaming with freshman Robert Cash to take the doubles crown. At the Big Ten Singles and Doubles Championship, sophomore James Trotter won the singles title and joined redshirt-freshman Andrew Lutschaunig to also win the doubles title. In the season’s final event, senior Kyle Seelig advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket while McNally and Cash finished runner up in the main doubles draw.

After all that, four Buckeyes found themselves in the final fall ITA singles rankings, led by Kinglsey at No. 16. McNally checks in at No. 24, Seelig at No. 28 and Trotter at No. 40. In doubles, McNally and Cash are ranked No. 2 following a fall that saw them go 13-2.

The Buckeyes began the 2016 season ranked No. 10 and quickly jumped to No. 6 by Feb. 17 of that season. Ohio State hasn’t been ranked any lower than sixth over the last four years.

The reigning ITA Indoor National Team Champions will start its season one week from today on Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky and Dayton.