No. 4 Buckeyes Host Doubleheader, ITA Kick-Off Weekend and Toledo

Go Buckeyes! Hunter Callahan prepares to face five schools in four days
Go Buckeyes!
Hunter Callahan prepares to face five schools in four days
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 23, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team continues the spring season Thursday with a home doubleheader vs. Youngstown State and Cleveland State at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will face the Penguins at 2 p.m., followed by the Vikings at 6:30 p.m. The Buckeyes then play host to ETSU, Miami University and Louisiana-Lafayette for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes conclude the weekend when they take on Toledo at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event, the host Buckeyes will face ETSU at 10 a.m., followed by Miami and Louisiana-Lafayette (not before 1 p.m.) Saturday. Sunday, the consolation match is at 10 a.m., with the championship match to follow (not before 1 p.m.).

Buckeyes Take on Penguins and Vikings
Fourth-ranked Ohio State is undefeated against Youngstown State and Cleveland State, with a combined record of 9-0. Individually, the Buckeyes have beaten the Penguins in both their meetings for a record of 2-0. When matched up against the Vikings, the Scarlet and Gray own a 7-0 record.

Another Doubleheader for the Buckeyes
No. 4 Ohio State’s first two matches of the spring season came in the form of a home doubleheader Jan. 16 vs. Butler and Xavier. The Buckeyes did not allow a point to the Bulldogs, winning 7-0. Ohio State then turned their sights to Xavier, defeating the Musketeers 6-1. 

Ohio State Hosts ITA Kick-Off Weekend
No. 4 Ohio State is one of 15 schools selected to host a four team tournament this weekend as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The 15 winners at each site earn automatic qualification for the 2013 ITA National Indoor Championships. The Buckeyes have hosted and won an ITA Kick-Off Weekend event each of the last four years. The record for the Scarlet and Gray in this event is a perfect 8-0 heading into the match vs. ETSU Saturday. As a host school in 2012, No. 3 Ohio State defeated No. 29 Indiana in the championship match 4-0.

Ohio State vs. Toledo
In 31 matches vs. the Rockets, the Buckeyes have compiled a record of 28-3, including a record of 12-0 under current Ohio State head coach and director of tennis, Ty Tucker.

Next Time Out
No. 4 Ohio State will face No. 6 Georgia Feb 3., the first of eight of Ohio State’s 2013 opponents that are ranked in the Top 25. The Buckeyes will look to improve upon their 3-10 record all-time against the Bulldogs and capitalize on the fact that they are 5-3 when facing the sixth-ranked team in the country.