Feb. 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team is set to compete in two Top 20 non-conference matchups this weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes (7-0) welcome No. 17 Kentucky Friday before facing No. 8 Texas A&M Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center. The matches will mark the Buckeyes’ first meetings vs. Top 25 programs this season.
The Scarlet and Gray have had a successful campaign so far during this early portion of the season. They enter the match today with a 7-0 record and booked their ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Houston, Texas, Feb. 14 after defeating both Denver and Louisville, Jan. 25-26.
The Wildcats played at Notre Dame Feb. 2 before their match vs. the Buckeyes, while Texas A&M travels to Columbus after a contest at Illinois Friday.
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
Ohio State holds a four-match advantage over Kentucky, with the all-time record at 16-12. The squads met once last year with Ohio State winning, 6-1, in Lexington, Ky., in a Top 10 meeting. The Buckeyes have won 11-consecutive matches vs. the Wildcats.
OHIO STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
The Buckeyes and Aggies are tied, 4-4, in the eight meetings between the two schools. Last season, Ohio State fell at Texas A&M, 4-3, in College Station, but defeated the Aggies, 4-0, in the NCAA Round of 16 in Urbana, Ill. The Buckeyes are 2-0 vs. Texas A&M in Columbus, claiming victories in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
TOP 25 BATTLES
ALL ABOUT STATS
Entering its first meeting of the season vs. a Top 25 team, Ohio State boasts a 113-50 (.693) record vs. Top 25 competition since 2000. The Buckeyes also own a 10-3 record vs. opponents that are 17th in the country and hold a 2-3 mark vs. opponents eighth in the nation.
- With a 7-0 overall record, the Buckeyes own a 356-45 (.879) record as a Top 25 team since 2001.
- Senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka lead the Buckeyes in wins with nine each in singles.
- Metka paces Ohio State in dual victories with five followed by redshirt junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach with four wins.
- Kobelt has the top dual record at No. 1 singles (2-0).
- In doubles, Kobelt and Metka are 15-2 overall and 1-0 in dual play.
TUCKER CLAIMS WIN NO. 400
Ty Tucker claimed his 400th victory in a 4-0 win over Toledo Jan. 26 at the Varsity Tennis Center. The nine-time Big Ten Coach of the Year is now 402-61 at Ohio State.
ROLA ROLLS AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Former Buckeye Blaz Rola (2011-2013) made his Grand Slam debut this month at the Australian Open and made his presence known. After three-consecutive victories in the qualifying draw, the four-time All American knocked out Argentine Frederico Delbonis, who defeated Roger Federer last year, in straight sets. He lost in the second round to Martin Klizan of Slovakia in four sets, but the tournament catapulted Rola to 152nd in the world, a career-high for the Slovenian.
Ohio State will hit the road for the first time in 2014, traveling to compete in the ITA National Indoor Championships Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University.