NCAA Super Regional.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) May 9, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Men’s tennis team will take on 16-seed Columbia on Saturday in our first Super Regional home match.
Ohio State enters the match with a record of 31-2 and coming off a weekend that saw them defeated Cleveland State and Vanderbilt inthe first and second rounds. Ohio State defeated Cleveland State on Friday May 3, 4-0. They followed it up with a 4-0 win over SEC foe Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Columbia comes to Columbus as the lower seed, but they are a team that plays far better than their seeding shows. Currently 19-3 overall, and an unblemished conference record of 7-0. As a 14-seed at the ITA Indoor National Championships in February, Columbia fell in the opening round to eventual runner-up Wake Forrest, but gave them a hard-fought match, ending 4-2 in favor of the Demon Deacons. Columbia would finish out the tournament defeating Baylor and Notre Dame in concellation matches.
Columbia’s three losses in 2019 have all come at the hands of top-10 opponents in Wake Forest, Texas and TCU. The Buckeyes will be tested on Saturday. The Lions currently have five players nationally ranked in singles. This is tied for the most in the country, Florida also having five. Columbia also have three nationally-ranked doubles pairs.
Leading the Lions is Victor Pham. Pham has posted a record of 16-3 in singles, playing in the one and two spots, and is 6-3 against nationally ranked opponents. A player to watch out for is Austen Huang. Huang, primarily playing on courts five and six, has a singles record of 15-2.
Ohio State currently has four players nationally-ranked in singles and four ranked doubles tandems. The Buckeyes are led by No. 2 JJ Wolf, who is currently 31-1 in singles play, has been ranked in the ITA Top-3 since October, and has been ranked No.1 for the majority of 2019. Across 35 singles matches dating back to October 4, 2018, Wolf has lost just five total sets. JJ Wolf is 24-1 against ranked opponent for the 2018-19 season. In doubles play, a pairing to watch for on court three is the tandem of John McNally and Hunter Tubert. While they are yet to be ranked at any point in 2019, Tubert and McNally are 20-0 in doubles play this season.
Ohio State has never lost an NCAA Tournament match in Columbus, currently holding a record of 28-0. In addition, since Ty Tucker took over in the spring of 2000, the Buckeyes are 326-6 at home. That is a winning percentage of .982, and this includes 176 wins over top-25 opponents.
Who: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Columbia
What: NCAA Super Regional Match
When: Saturday May 10 @ 1 pm EST
Where: OSU Varsity Outdoor Tennis Courts
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Columbia.
NCAA Super Regional in Columbus.
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