February 27, 2018

PREVIEW: No. 3 Ohio State Opens Big Ten Play vs. Penn State


Feb. 27, 2018


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#3 Ohio State vs. Penn State


February 28, 2018


4 p.m. ET


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• The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes will have their first Big Ten matchup of the season against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
• This match will take place at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center on Wednesday, February 28 at 4 p.m.
• This is the Buckeye’s first home match in five matches, and they won’t return to Columbus for another four matches afterwards.
• This will be the first unranked team Ohio State has faced since January 28, as their last seven matches have all been against ranked teams.
• The Buckeyes have dominated the Big Ten recently, going undefeated in the Big Ten 11 of the last 12 years under head coach Ty Tucker. With this match, they hope to kickstart a campaign to go undefeated in the Big Ten three years running.

buckeyes in a nutshell
• The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes are 11-1 on the season, and 6-1 against nationally ranked teams.
• The Buckeyes resume includes wins against No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 13 Duke, No. 15 Florida, No. 17 Notre Dame, and No. 24 Texas. Their one loss is to No. 4 UCLA, who advanced to the finals of ITA Indoors.
• The Buckeyes are 8-0 at home and 3-1 away from home.
• In the latest ITA poll, Stanford has passed up Ohio State to take the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes have slipped to No. 3. Wake Forest, who won ITA Indoors, remains at No. 1. UCLA, who defeated Ohio State, rises up to No. 4.
• The Buckeyes are also No. 3 in the USTA poll, below Wake Forest and UCLA.
• The Buckeyes are 41-12 in singles matches, and 20-5 in doubles matches. This gives them a point record on the season of 51-12.
• The Scarlet and Gray are 10-2 on the season on the doubles point, and 10-0 on the season when winning the doubles point.
• The ITA singles rankings were updated last Tuesday, with the Buckeyes continuing to possess four top-60 players.
Mikael Torpegaard jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 thanks to his immense success in ITA Indoors. Torpegaard defeated the No. 1 player in the country for the second time in his career, beating UCLA’s Martin Redlicki in straight sets. He sits behind North Carolina’s William Blumberg, who defeated Torpegaard during the tournament. He is 8-1 on the year, and 5-1 against ranked players.
• Torpegaard also earned his eighth career Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week award last week.
Kyle Seelig holds steady at No. 30 in the updated rankings. 6-2 on the season so far, he was the final factor in a 4-3 decision against North Carolina, winning his match 6-4, 7-6.
JJ Wolf is No. 55. He is 6-2 on the year, and 4-1 against nationally ranked players.
John McNally rises up seven spots to No. 49 in the new rankings. He is 6-1 on the year, and has won straight sets in all of his wins this season.
• Veteran Martin Joyce has gone 7-3 for the Buckeyes in the No. 3-6 spots. He was the first off the court in singles against Notre Dame with a quick straight set win on Sunday.
• The last singles spot is usually taken by Tim Seibert with occasional appearances by Alex Kobelt. The two have gone a combined 6-3 on the season.
• Ohio State has a top-10 doubles team in the new rankings: No. 10 Torpegaard/Joyce. They have three ranked wins, including defeating the No. 5 team in two straight matches. They are 6-1 on the season.
Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez have also been a strong doubles pairing for the Buckeyes, leading Buckeyes doubles with nine wins on the season, including a sweep of the No. 23 doubles team.

big ten snapshot
• The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams in the ITA rankings. There is No. 3 Ohio State, No. 7 Illinois, No. 12 Michigan, and No. 41 Minnesota.
• Last year Ohio State went undefeated in the Big Ten for the second straight year, and for the 11th time in the last 12 years.
• It was a close call though, as Ohio State was down 0-3 in the regular season finale to Illinois, and came back to win 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
• Ohio State tennis is the seventh program in B1G history to win 12 or more straight titles in any sport.
• Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament last year with ease, only dropping one point in three matches.
• The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten Tournament the past 10 of 12 seasons.
• In total, the Buckeyes have 15 Big Ten titles and 12 B1G Tournament titles.

Penn State Snapshot
• The Nittany Lions are currently 5-4 on the season. All four losses have been away from home.
• Penn State has faced two ranked teams; No. 33 Alabama and No. 34 Memphis. They earned one point between the two contests.
• The Nittany Lions dominated in an away double header this past weekend, winning 5-0 and 6-1 against VCU and James Madison.
• Penn State is led in singles by their lone ranked player, No. 99 Constant De La Bassetiere. He is 4-2 on the year.
• Gabriel Nemeth is having a good year for the Nittany Lions, going 5-1 between the 1, 4 and 5 spots.
• Partners Christos Antonopoulo/Alp Sentay lead Penn State doubles in wins with five.

History vs. Penn State
• The all-time record between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions stands in favor of the Buckeyes at 27-6.
• The Buckeyes have not lost since 1999, and will be looking to win their 20th straight against Penn State. Ty Tucker is undefeated against Penn State, and will also be looking to earn his 20th win on Wednesday.
• Ohio State and Penn State opened Big Ten play by facing each other last year as well. The Buckeyes at that point were also No. 3 while Penn State was unranked. The Nittany Lions were swept 4-0.