No. 7 Ohio State on the Road Again
March 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team will compete in two of three consecutive road matches Friday and Sunday. The Buckeyes face two Big Ten opponents in Nebraska at 4 p.m. Friday and Iowa at noon Sunday.
The Nebraska men’s tennis team is currently ranked No. 50 in the ITA polls, and is 10th in the Big Ten standings. The Cornhuskers are 0-2 in B1G play and 8-7 overall. Playing ranked competition is nothing unusual for Nebraska. Five of the Cornhuskers seven losses and four of their eight victories have come against ranked opponents. The all-time series between Ohio State and Nebraska, consisting of just three matches, has the Buckeyes undefeated at 3-0.
Iowa and Ohio State have competed in 66 matches all-time. The Buckeyes lead the series by a record of 34-22. Additionally, Ohio State teams are a perfect 13-0 vs. Iowa since Ty Tucker became head coach in 1999. On the year, the Hawkeyes are 0-2 in the Big Ten and an even 7-7 overall. Iowa has been strong at home thus far, with six of its eight wins coming in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Last time Ohio State visited Iowa City was 2011, and the Buckeyes came away from the match 5-2 victors.
A quintet of Buckeyes is ranked in the Top 100 of the ITA individual standings released March 26. Peter Kobelt paces the Buckeyes with a No. 4 ranking, while Blaz Rola is No. 13. Connor Smith is polled 43rd and Chris Diaz is ranked 59th. Devin McCarthy rounds out the ranked group at the No. 84 spot.
In doubles, Kobelt and Smith moved up to the No. 13th spot. The pair of McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen is No. 27 and Rola and Kevin Metka are ranked 57th.
B1G Tournament Action
Ohio State will host the 2013 Big Ten Tournament April 25-28 at the Varsity Tennis Courts. The Buckeyes have won the conference tournament eight times – 1991, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Third Straight Road Test
The Scarlet and Gray will travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the Wildcats at 2 p.m. April 3. The match against Kentucky will be the Buckeyes third-consecutive match away from Columbus.