January 23, 2017

PREVIEW: No. 3 Ohio State vs. Butler/Xavier


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No. 3 Ohio State vs. Butler/Xavier


January 24, 2017


11 a.m. / 4 p.m.


OSU Varsity Tennis Center
880 Henderson Rd., Columbus, Ohio

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes host familiar foes on Tuesday as they welcome Butler and Xavier in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
  • Ohio State will first face the Bulldogs at 11 a.m. and then in-state foe Xavier at 4:00 p.m.
  • Butler opened the season with a 4-0 sweep of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday.
  • Xavier fell 5-2 to Michigan State on Jan. 14 and then opened their home slate with a 4-3 setback to Belmont last Saturday.


Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • Ohio State opened the 2017 season with a pair of sweeps over Toledo (7-0) and Cleveland State (4-0) last Wednesday.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked 3rd in the ITA Poll.
  • Four players are ranked in the top-60, with two players ranked in the top-10. Ohio State is currently the only program with this accomplishment.
  • Mikael Torpegaard is ranked No. 2, Hugo Di Feo is ranked No. 5, Herkko Pollanen is ranked No. 34 and Martin Joyce is ranked No. 53.
  • The Buckeyes also have a pair of doubles teams ranked in the top-60, as Di Feo/Joyce are No. 25, and the doubles pairing of Torpegaard/Pollanen is in a tie for No. 55.
  • Overall, Ohio State had a successful fall season. In four tournaments, the Buckeyes claimed one doubles title and three singles runner-up finishes on the national stage.
  • Mikael Torpegaard advanced to the final of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, eventually losing the championship match to Michael Redlicki of Arkansas.
  • At the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Hugo Di Feo made a run to the finals before falling to No. 1 ranked Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest.
  • Ohio State had a very successful Big Ten Singles & Doubles Championships, as Kyle Seelig finished runner-up in the singles draw and Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert won the doubles title.


History vs. Butler

  • The Buckeyes have not lost to Butler, posting a perfect 17-0 all-time record against the Bulldogs.
  • Ohio State has dropped only one point against Butler since the 2000-01 season with a combined point total of 94-1.


Last Meeting vs. Butler

  • On Jan. 20, 2016, the Buckeyes rolled past the Bulldogs, losing only six games en route to a 4-0 victory.
  • The doubles point was achieved by the Buckeyes with victories from Mikael Torpegaard/Hugo Di Feo over Ari Gerstein/Alex Woldmoe, and Matt Mendez/Hunter Tubert over Spencer Lang/Adrian Mag respectively.
  • Hugo Di Feo was the first winner in singles for Ohio State, sweeping Mason Dragos 6-0, 6-0.
  • Martin Joyce then defeated Spencer Lang 6-1, 6-0, with Ralf Steinbach clinching for the Buckeyes by beating Adrian Mag 6-3, 6-0.’


History vs. Xavier

  • The Buckeyes are 15-0 all-time against the Musketeers.
  • Ohio State has not given up a point since the 2006-07 season, with a combined score of 58-0.
  • The two teams have faced-off every season since 2003.


Last Meeting vs. Xavier

  • In their last meeting, the Buckeyes dispatched the Musketeers 4-0 on Jan. 20, 2016.
  • The doubles point was won by Hugo Di Feo/Matt Mendez defeating Gabriel ChavesAraujo/Arthur Stefani 6-1, followed by Ralf Steinbach/Hunter Tubert beating Jeremy Schneider/Jack Dykema 6-0.
  • Mikael Torpegaard won the first singles match for the Buckeyes, beating Jeremy Schneider 6-1, 6-2.
  • Ralf Steinbach defeated Arthur Stefani 6-2, 6-2 to give Ohio State its third team point, and Matt Mendez sealed the deal for Ohio State, beating Arthur Stafani 6-2, 6-2.