Jan. 17, 2017


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No. 3 Ohio State vs. Toledo/Cleveland St.


January 18, 2017


12:30 p.m. / 5 p.m.


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

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes will start the 2017 season with a double-header against Toledo and Cleveland State on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
  • Ohio State will first face Toledo at 12:30 p.m., and then Cleveland State at 5 p.m.
  • These will be the first matches of the season for all three teams.


Buckeyes In A Nutshell

  • The Buckeyes open 2017 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 tennis 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. Toledo

  • Ohio State leads in the all-time series with Toledo, 32-3.
  • The last time Toledo defeated Ohio State was in the 1966 season.
  • Since then, the Buckeyes have won 31 straight matches.


Last Meeting vs. Toledo

  • Mikael Torpegaard and Martin Joyce won the first doubles matchup for Ohio State by beating Danilo Pejovic and Reid Teatsorth 6-1.
  • Diaz and Di Feo quickly followed with a 6-3 victory over Stjepan Sisko and Luka Vitosevic, clinching the doubles competition for the Buckeyes
  • In singles, Ralf Steinbach opened with the first Ohio State victory, beating Serjen Olmedo 6-1, 6-1.
  • Chris Diaz gave Ohio State its second singles win, defeating Luka Vitosevic 6-1, 6-0, and then Riley Reist clinched the match for the Buckeyes, defeating Danilo Pejovic 6-2, 6-1.
  • Ohio State did not drop a set in the 4-0 victory on Jan. 24, 2016.


History vs. Cleveland State

  • The Buckeyes have not yet lost to Cleveland State, holding an undefeated all 9-0 record vs. the Vikings.
  • Ohio State has not faced Cleveland State since 2013.


Last Meeting vs. Cleveland State

  • Ohio State and Cleveland State last faced off in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship as the Buckeyes won in straight sets in every match of a 4-0 victory.
  • The doubles point was scored for Ohio State after Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka defeated the team of Jorg Van Der Vloet/Joe Vanmeter 8-1, followed by Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith beating Ali Shabib and Niklas Jonsson 8-2.
  • In singles, Blaz Rola, Devin McCarthy and Constantin Christ won their matches respectively, giving Ohio State the victory.