Nov. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State director of tennis Ty Tucker announced three additions to the Ohio State men’s tennis team for the 2014 season Tuesday. The talented trio consists of Herkko Pollanen, Matt Mendez and Riley Reist, who will all be starting for the Buckeyes in January. The Scarlet and Gray are coming off a season in which the team posted a 35-3 record, advanced to the NCAA semifinals and won their eighth-consecutive Big Ten championship.
Herkko Pollanen – Helsinki, Finland
Ranked No. 16 in the junior world rankings as well as No. 733 on the professional ATP circuit … has competed at prestigious tournaments all over the world, including Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and junior US Open and boasts a career-high ATP ranking of 722 … son of Antti and Anne Pollanen … has a brother, Aaro.
“Herkko has all of the credentials to come in and start right away for the Buckeyes,” Tucker said. “We are extremely happy he chose Ohio State because he had the chance to turn professional after an unbelievable junior career. He has had some big wins in Davis Cup play for Finland and we look for Herkko to be an All-American and a team leader.”
Matt Mendez – Mount Pleasant, S.C.
US junior ranking: Mendez is No. 1 in South Carolina, No. 6 in the south and had the highest national ranking of his career in 2013 at No. 21 … son of Oscar and Lisa Mendez.
“Matt has consistently been near the top of American junior tennis and has an all-around game,” Tucker said. “He is a hard working young man that leaves it all on the court every time he competes and we feel he will help in singles and doubles in the near future. He has wanted to be a Buckeye for a long time and we know that he will excel at the collegiate level.”
Riley Reist – Hamilton, Ohio
US junior ranking: Reist is No. 1 in Ohio, No. 7 in the Midwest and had the highest national ranking of his career in 2013 at No. 46 … son of Marty and Annie Reist … father had successful collegiate tennis career at Ball State.
“We feel Riley is one of the sleepers in American junior tennis and we’re happy to have signed him,” Tucker said. “He will definitely bring a great work ethic and determination to the locker room. He has what we look for when we recruit players to Ohio State. A guy that fights for every point and has the desire to get as good as he can in tennis. His personality should excel in our program. I am looking forward to working with this young man over the next coming years.”
The Buckeyes begin the 2014 campaign Jan. 22 taking on Butler and Xavier at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in Columbus.