May 2, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team will be the No. 3 overall seed in this month’s NCAA Tennis Championship and will host Butler in the first round in Columbus on May 12.
This is the 18th time the Buckeyes have been selected for the NCAA Championship with every appearance coming under the direction of head coach Ty Tucker. They have an overall record of 44-17 with their best finish being a runner-up finish in 2009.
Ohio State was selected to host the first and second round matches for the 12th-straight season. The Buckeyes have never lost an NCAA Tournament match in Columbus. That includes sweeps of 11 of the 12 opponents over the last six years. Ohio State has advanced past the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament 13 times in its previous 17 appearances and has won at least one match in every year but one.
Joining the Buckeyes and Bulldogs in Columbus will be UCF and Louisville, who will kick off the action on Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Ohio State and Butler will follow with the second match of the day, slated to begin at 2 p.m. The winners will face off on Saturday, May 13th at 3 p.m., with the winner advancing to the round of 16 in Athens, Ga.
Butler is a familiar foe for the Buckeyes as the two teams have met 17 times since the start of the 2001 season. OSU is a perfect 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs which includes a 4-0 victory on Jan. 24 of this season. This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the NCAA Championship as the Buckeyes won 4-0 in the opening round in 2006.
Ohio State is 13-1 all-time against Louisville with the most recent meeting being a 6-1 Buckeye victory in 2012 at Louisville. If Ohio State and UCF were to advance to the second round it would mark the first meeting between the two programs.
The Buckeyes are 29-3 this season and claimed their 12th-straight regular season crown and their 12th Big Ten Tournament title. OSU has won nine matches against top-20 ranked team this season and are the only program in the country to boost two players in the top-10 of the ITA singles rankings as well as two teams in the top-30 of the doubles rankings.
Friday, May 12
11 a.m. – Louisville vs. UCF
2 p.m. – Ohio State vs. Butler
Saturday, May 13
3 p.m. – advancing teams