January 18, 2023

CSU and Toledo Next on Tap for No. 2 Buckeyes


#2 Ohio State vs. Cleveland State & Toledo
              Jan. 19, 2023
Time:               Noon & 5 p.m.
Ty Tucker Tennis Center – Columbus, Ohio
Live Scoring:   Scoring
Live Video:      Video
Ohio State | Cleveland State | Toledo
Rankings:        ITA Rankings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 ranked Ohio State will continue its opening homestand on Thursday when it hosts a pair of in-state foes in Cleveland State and Toledo. First serve against Cleveland State will be at noon while the Toledo match will start at 5 p.m. Both matches will take place inside the beautiful Ty Tucker Tennis Center.

Admission and parking are free for all men’s tennis regular season matches.

  • Ohio State is a combined 32-0 against the two teams since Ty Tucker took over the program in 2000.
  • This will be the 15th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Cleveland State. The Buckeyes have won each of the previous 14 meetings and has not surrendered a point to the Vikings in any of those matches. The teams last met during the 2019 season when the Buckeyes swept a double-header on opening day and then beat the Vikings in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Against Toeldo, Ohio State is 38-3 all-time. The Buckeyes lost three of the first four meetings in the 1950s and 60s but has since won 37 consecutive matches against the Rockets. Ohio State won 6-1 in Tucker’s first season in 2000 but has since swept Toledo 21 times.
  • Ohio State opened the season last Sunday with a pair of sweeps of Northern Kentucky and Xavier. The Buckeyes beat The Norse 4-0 and then bested Xavier 7-0.
  • Andrew Lutschaunig, Justin Boulais and Alexander Bernard each went 3-0 on opening day.
  • The Buckeyes open the season ranked No. 2 in the ITA preseason rankings.
  • Junior JJ Tracy began the fall ranked No. 8 in the ITA rankings and he is the only player who was in the Top 10 to remain in the Top 10 at the end of the fall. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the singles rankings.
  • Freshman Alexander Bernard had a solid fall and finds himself ranked No. 90
  • In doubles, Tracy and Andrew Lutschaunig are ranked No. 2 in the country. The duo won the ITA Fall National Doubles title, becoming the second consecutive Buckeyes team to win the crown. This was the third consecutive season an Ohio State doubles team played for an ITA Fall Nationals title and the win also ties the Buckeyes with USC for the most doubles titles at the ITA Fall Nationals with five.
  • Overall, Tracy was a team-best 9-4 in singles action and 10-2 in doubles. He finished runner-up in the consolation bracket of the ITA All-American Championship and then reached the quarters at the fall nationals.
  • Bernard advanced through qualifying and reached the round of 16 during his collegiate debut at the All-American Championships.