The Buckeyes will open the 2016 season with a triple-header against familiar foes on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Ohio State will start the day against Dayton at 10:30 a.m., then face Butler at 3:30 p.m. and cap the day with a 6 p.m. match against Xavier.
The night cap against Xavier will be the Buckeye’s Pink Day match. There will be a bake sale and silent auction with all donations going to Stefanie Spielman Fund.
These will be the first matches of the season for Ohio State, Butler and Xavier. Dayton opened the year last weekend with a pair of matches. The Flyers fell 4-2 at No. 36 Louisville on Friday and then rebounded to top cross-town rival Wright State 6-1 on Sunday.
Buckeyes In A Nutshell
The Buckeyes open 2016 ranked 10th in the ITA Poll and four players are ranked in the top-25.
OSU won the doubles point and then senior Hunter Callahan started the singles matches with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gabriel Chaves Araujo
Mikael Torpegaard followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jeremy Schneider at No. 2 singles and Steinbach clinched the team victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
The match of the day belonged to Chris Diaz as he faced a familiar foe in Zach Mueck. The two have squared-off numerous times during their junior days and the match was evident of their familiarity. Diaz won a nip and tuck opening set 7-5 and then came back with two late breaks to force a tie-break in the second set. It took 10 points but Diaz was victorious in the breaker.