Aug. 24, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team and head coach Ty Tucker have officially released their fall and spring schedule for the 2011-12 campaign. The fall slate begins Oct. 1-9 in Tulsa, Okla., for the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships. The spring season kicks off Jan. 18 with a challenging mix of non-conference matches starting with the annual doubleheader against Butler and Xavier.
The fall calendar consists of seven tournaments. Following the All-American tournament, the Buckeyes will host the ITA Midwest Regionals Oct. 13-17, before competing at the Big Ten Singles Indoor Championships Oct. 28-31. The team will travel to Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Nov. 3-6, for the ITA Singles and Doubles National Indoors Championships. The squad will also participate in two USTA Challenger events – Charlottesville (Oct. 28-31) and Knoxville (Nov. 5).
Ohio State will endure a demanding schedule in the spring, both in non-conference and conference play. Following the home doubleheader Jan. 18, the Scarlet and Gray will have eight consecutive matches against teams ranked in final 2011 ITA Top 75 poll. They will welcome Mississippi State (No. 20) Jan. 22 and Pepperdine (15) Feb. 3. The team will travel to Louisville (24) Feb. 9 and Michigan State (53) Feb. 12, before returning to Columbus to meet Kentucky (8) Feb. 25 and North Carolina (18) Feb. 26. The Buckeyes will go to Notre Dame (31) March 3 and face Texas A&M (10) at home March 9.
In total, 19 of Ohio State’s 24 spring opponents finished ranked in the ITA Top 75 last season, including 13 in the Top 35. Georgia, Kentucky and Texas A&M all finished in the Top 10. All nine road opponents concluded the 2010-11 campaign with a spot in the ITA standings.
Beginning Feb. 16, the highly regarded ITA National Team Indoor Championships will take place in Chicago, Ill. Ohio State is one of 15 qualifying host sites for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, as it will host the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center Jan. 27-29. Notre Dame, Indiana and Cornell will compete with the Buckeyes in the qualifier.
Starting March 19, Ohio State will travel south to face LSU (32) and Georgia (21), before embarking on the bulk of the conference schedule. Big Ten newcomer Nebraska will make its first trip to Columbus March 30. The regular season concludes April 22 at home for the Buckeyes, when they finish conference action vs. Michigan (34). The Big Ten Championship will take place at Northwestern April 26-29, two weeks prior to NCAA Regionals, which run May 11-13 on campus sites.
Ohio State’s Men’s Tennis 2011-12 Schedule:
|Oct. 1-19||D’Novo/ITA All American Championships||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Oct. 21-25||ITA Midwest Regionals||Columbus, Ohio|
|Oct. 28-31||Charlottesville Challenger||Charlottesville, Va.|
|Oct. 28-31||Big Ten Indoors – Singles||Iowa City, Iowa|
|Nov. 3-6||National Indoors – Singles/Doubles||Flushing Meadows, N.Y.|
|Nov. 5||Knoxville Challenger||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Jan. 5-TBA||USTA Futures||Plantation, Fla.|
|22||Mississippi State||Columbus, Ohio|
|28||ITA Kickoff – vs. Cornell||Columbus, Ohio|
|29||ITA Kickoff – No. 1/4 winner vs. No. 2/3 winner||Columbus, Ohio|
|9||at Louisville||Louisville, Ky.|
|12||at Michigan State||East Lansing, Mich.|
|16-19||at National Team Indoors||Chicago, Ill.|
|26||North Carolina||Columbus, Ohio|
|3||at Notre Dame||Notre Dame, Ind.|
|9||Texas A&M||Columbus, Ohio|
|11||Penn State||Columbus, Ohio|
|19||at LSU||Baton Rouge, La.|
|21||at Georgia||Athens, Ga.|
|25||at Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.|
|6||at Wisconsin||Madison, Wis.|
|8||at Minnesota||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|18||at Purdue||West Lafayette, Ind.|
|26-29||at Big Ten Championships||Evanston, Ill.|
|11-13||NCAA Regionals||Campus Sites|
|17-22||NCAA Championships||Athens, Ga.|