COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis team hosts the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers in the final home stand of the 2019 regular season. The Buckeyes are currently 24-2 and 9-0 in conference play. Ohio State returns home after a successful road trip where they defeated Northwestern and followed it up with a victory over No. 15 Illinois.
Ohio State has regained their No. 1 ranking in the latest ITA National Rankings after spending a week at No. 2. The Buckeyes are on a eight-match win streak and are coming off a marquee win over the Fighting Illini. In addition to being No. 1 in the nation as a team, the Buckeyes have four players nationally ranked in singles, and four tandems nationally ranked in doubles.
For the ninth-consecutive week, junior JJ Wolf has sat atop the singles national rankings at No. 1. Following Wolf is John McNally at No. 23, Kyle Seelig at No. 56 and James Trotter at No. 103. Big performances from McNally and Wolf over the weekend were crucial in the Buckeyes victories.
In doubles, the senior tandem of Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert lead the pack at No. 9 in the national rankings. Joyce/Tubert are 13-4 so far this season. Following the seniors are Kyle Seelig and Alex Kobelt at No. 28, JJ Wolf and Martin Joyce at No. 30 and the tandem of James Trotter and Alex Kobelt at No. 45. No ranked, but quietly having an excellent season is the duo of John McNally and Hunter Tubert. The two are currently 18-0 in doubles play in 2019
On Friday the Buckeyes will take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue enters the match with a record of 9-11 and are coming off wins over No. 50 Iowa and Nebraska. Purdue is led by Athell Bennet, who is currently 12-3 in singles in 2019. Last season, the Buckeyes traveled to West Lafayette and defeated the Boilermakers 4-0.
On Sunday, Ohio State will host the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers enter the weekend 13-9 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana most recently defeated No. 50 Iowa, St. Louis and Nebraska. In singles, Indiana is led by No. 68 Antonio Cembellin, who is 23-8 overall for the 2018-19 season. In doubles play, the Hoosiers are led by the ranked tandem of Carson Haskins and Brandon Lam at No. 51. Last season, the Buckeyes traveled to Bloomington and defeated the Hoosiers 5-2.
Sunday’s match against Indiana marks Ohio State’s Senior Day. We are honoring two extraordinary gentlemen in Hunter Tubert and Martin Joyce. Martin Joyce, a 2018 NCAA All-American in doubles, has been a staple in the success for the Buckeyes over the last four years, and is a nominee for the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award, given to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work. Hunter Tubert, a member of the 2019 NCAA All-Tournament team for doubles, was an OSU Scholar Athlete for all four years and a member of the 2017 Big Ten Doubles Championship tandem. Tubert, a defined leader of this Ohio State team, has shown excellence both on and off the court, and that includes a senior season that saw him collect 17+ wins in singles, shattering his previous best of 8. Ohio State has been lucky to have Joyce and Tubert in their squad and at their school these last four years, and the two will both go on to do big things in the future. Hunter, Martin, we thank you.