Buckeyes Ranked No. 1 in ITA Team Rankings
Feb. 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After capturing its first national indoor championship in program history on Monday, the Ohio State men’s tennis team is now ranked No. 1 in the ITA Division I rankings announced Tuesday. The Top ranking is the second time in Ohio State program history after being ranked No. 1 during the 2008-09 season.
HOW THEY GOT TO NO. 1
The Buckeyes defeated four Top 25 programs, including two Top 5 schools en route to their first national team championship in school history last weekend at the 2014 ITA Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas. Ohio State opened the tournament with a 4-1 victory over No. 12 Florida before downing No. 10 Texas, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. The Scarlet and Gray then came back down 3-1 against defending champion and then-No.1 Virginia, 4-3, in the semifinals, snapping a 35-match win streak by the Cavaliers.
Ohio State claimed its title with an impressive 4-1 victory against No. 3 USC Monday in the championship match. With the title run under its belt, the team improves to 13-0 this season, marking the best start by Ohio State in school history. The Buckeyes are 9-1 all-time as the No. 1 team in the country.
• Ohio State has won 181-consecutive matches in Columbus (9-0 in 2014). The streak is the longest active among Division I sports.
• The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 251-consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006)
• Since 1999, Ohio State is 396-48 (.892) when ranked in the ITA Top 25.
• The Buckeyes are 6-0 against teams ranked in the Top 25 in 2014 (No. 17 Kentucky, 4-0; No. 8 Texas A&M, 4-3; No. 12 Florida, 4-1, No. 10 Texas, 4-2; No. 1 Virginia, 4-3; No. 3 USC, 4-1).
• Ohio State becomes the first Big Ten school to win a team indoor title since Illinois in 2004.
• For the eighth-consecutive season, Ohio State was crowned the Big Ten regular-season champions and won the conference tournament title seven of the last eight seasons in 2013.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
Keep up with the Ohio State men’s tennis team throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_MTEN), facebook (facebook.com/osutennis).