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 ETSU in the first round in Columbus on May 11.
This is the 19th 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 48-18 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 13th-straight season. The Buckeyes have never lost an NCAA Tournament match in Columbus. That includes sweeps of 13 of the 14 opponents over the last seven years. Ohio State has advanced past the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament 14 times in its previous 18 appearances and has won at least one match in every year but one.
Joining the Buckeyes and Buccaneers in Columbus will be Kentucky and Virginia Tech, who will kick off the action on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Ohio State and ETSU will follow with the second match of the day, slated to begin at 1 p.m. The winners will face off on Saturday, May 12 at Noon, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ohio State is 6-0 all-time against ETSU including 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes defeated the Buccaneers in both the 2008 and 2012 tournaments. The most recent meeting was a 7-0 win on the opening day of the 2013 ITA Kickoff Weekend in Columbus. Like the Buckeyes, ETSU has dominated their conference, winning the SOCON for the 12th-straight season. The Buccaneers are 16-7 on the year.
Ohio State owns a tournament victory over both Kentucky and Virginia Tech, defeating the Wildcats in Lexington in 2003 and defeating the Hokies in the second round in Columbus in 2016. The Buckeyes are 9-1 all-time against the Hokies and have won eight-straight meetings. Against Kentucky, Ohio State is 16-1 since Ty Tucker took over in 2000 including a 4-2 win at Kentucky earlier this season.
The Buckeyes are 29-2 this season and claimed their 13th-straight regular season crown and their 13th Big Ten Tournament title. OSU has won eight matches against top-15 ranked teams this season and currently has five players ranked in the singles rankings. The Buckeyes are coming off a dominating performance at the Big Ten Tournament, winning the title with a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Illinois on April 29.
Friday, May 11
10 a.m. – Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
1 p.m. – Ohio State vs. ETSU
Saturday, May 12
Noon – advancing teams