No. 2 Buckeyes Travel to No. 74 Purdue

Go Buckeyes! Senior captain Steven Williams
Go Buckeyes!
Senior captain Steven Williams
Go Buckeyes!

April 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team (27-2, 9-0 Big Ten) will face No. 74 Purdue at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes will look to extend their Big Ten win streak to 89 consecutive matches (regular season and Big Ten tournament) against the Boilermakers. The last time Ohio State lost a conference match was in the 2004-05 Big Ten tournament final vs. Illinois. A win vs. Purdue would be the 35th-consecutive Big Ten road victory for the Scarlet and Gray.

Senior Day vs. Michigan
Ohio State will conclude the regular season vs. No. 22 Michigan at noon Sunday at the outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts.  Following the match, the Buckeyes will honor seniors Chase Buchanan andSteven Williams.

Break Points:

  • As the No. 2 team nationally, Ohio State is 70-5.
  • Ohio State has won 69 of its last 71 regular-season (non-tournament) road contests dating back to 2006.
  • The Buckeyes have won 26 doubles points out of 28 this season.
  • The Buckeyes have been victorious in 44 of their previous 47 matches.
  • Ohio State has won 145 consecutive home matches in Columbus (18-0 in 2012).
  • Since 2001, Ohio State is 272-38 when ranked in the ITA Top 25. That percentage improves to 225-15 from the 2005-06 season onward.
  • The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 191 consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006).
  • Ohio State has won 88 consecutive Big Ten matches (regular season and Big Ten tournament) and 140 of its previous 145.
  • Blaz Rola leads the team with 28 singles wins, while Chase Buchanan leads with 34 doubles wins. 
  • The Scarlet and Gray are 10-2 vs. teams ranked in the ITA Top 25 and 19-2 vs. teams in the Top 75.



In the Hall
Head coach Ty Tucker will officially be inducted into the Zanesville City Schools Hall of Fame May 12 at Zanesville High School. A 1988 graduate of ZHS, Tucker was a high school All-American, nine-time National Junior Champion and remains the only freshman at ZHS to win an Ohio High School State Championship title.  

Head coach Ty Tucker has been nothing short of successful during his tenure at Ohio State. Tucker, who replaced John Daly as coach prior to the 1999-2000 season, has an overall record of 353-56 (.863) as the Buckeye mentor, including a 150-17 mark vs. Big Ten competition. He has posted 12 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins and is on pace to reach his sixth-consecutive campaign with 30 or more victories.

Besides his first season as coach in which the Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big Ten, Tucker’s teams have never finished below second in the final conference standings. Under his tutelage, Ohio State has won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships six consecutive seasons, earning him Big Ten Coach of the Year honors each of those six years. Tucker was named National Coach of the Year in 1999.

Last Time Out – vs. Illinois, Northwestern
The Buckeyes won a pair of Big Ten matches at home this past weekend, shutting out No. 23 Illinois 7-0 April 13 and winning 5-2 vs. 46th-ranked Northwestern April 15. The wins improved Ohio State’s home win streak to 145 and its conference victory streak to 88. For the complete recaps, click HERE.

Boilermaker Bullets
Purdue is 10-12 overall entering its match with Ohio State. The Boilermakers have been a streaky team as of late and currently are on a two-match losing streak after winning three consecutive matches. Preceding those five matches, Purdue lost three consecutive contests. The team is 2-6 in the Big Ten with wins over Penn State and Iowa. With three matches remaining at home, the Boilermakers are 6-4 in West Lafayette this season.

Ohio State vs. Purdue
Ohio State boasts an impressive 69-18 overall record vs. Purdue. The 69 wins are the most the Buckeyes have earned vs. any of its opponents since the program’s inception in 1910. In the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have 44 wins each vs. Indiana and Northwestern, the second most behind Purdue’s 69.

The Buckeyes are 12-0 vs. the Boilermakers, including six consecutive shutouts, under head coach Ty Tucker.

In the Rankings
After dropping to No. 3 April 3, Ohio State returned to No. 2 in the April 10 edition of the ITA team rankings. *April 17 rankings will be released later this evening. The Buckeyes jumped Virginia, who they previously beat 4-1 in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship semifinal, Feb. 19 in Charlottesville, Va.

The Buckeyes began the season as the No. 3 team, before becoming No. 2 Feb. 25. They are 68-5 all-time as the second-ranked team nationally. They have faced six of the Top 10 teams in the country including those ranked No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4. Against those opponents, Ohio State is 4-2.

All Ranked Up
The latest individual Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings were released April 10. It served as the fourth computerized rankings of the season. The Buckeyes have six players ranked in the singles poll, tied for most in the nation with Kentucky.

Currently sophomore Blaz Rola, who owns the team lead with 28 singles wins, is the highest ranked Buckeye, dropping two spots to No. 7. Chase Buchanan, a 2011 All-American and two-time defending Big Ten Athlete of the Year, is No. 13 in the poll.

Peter Kobelt moved from No. 54 to 58 in the new poll, while Devin McCarthy fell to No. 79. Connor Smith re-entered the standings at No. 118 and Nelson Vick is No. 125. 

Buchanan and Rola continue to hold firm as the No. 1 doubles tandem in the nation, while Buchanan and Kobelt dropped to No. 40 in doubles, having rarely competed together in the spring. McCarthy and Van Engelen jumped 16 spots to the 23rd position. Rola and Smith re-entered the double rankings and currently are No. 83 in the country.

Rola-ing Along
Blaz Rola currently leads the Buckeyes in singles wins with 28 between courts one and two. The sophomore, who is currently ranked seventh nationally, is 8-1 at No. 1 singles and 12-1 at No. 2. Rola has won 14 of his previous 15 singles matches and has an impressive 12-3 record vs. ranked competition. Rola, when teamed with partner Chase Buchanan, are 26-3 as a tandem, having won 11 of their last 12 matches. They form the top-ranked pair in the country and own an 11-1 record against ranked opponents. For the season, Rola has accumulated 33 doubles victories with four different partners, while Buchanan leads the team with 34 doubles wins.

Big Ten Awards
For the 13th time this season, an Ohio State student-athlete was awarded Big Ten Athlete of the Week. Chase Buchanan earned his sixth weekly award of the season and 16th of his career Tuesday as he helped the Buckeyes beat No. 23 Illinois, 7-0, and No. 46 Northwestern, 5-2. For complete weekend recaps, click HERE.

2011-12 Ohio State Big Ten Athlete of the Week recipients
Oct. 12
Chase Buchanan
Blaz Rola
Oct. 19
Blaz Rola
Nov. 9
Chase Buchanan
Blaz Rola

Jan. 24

Ille Van Engelen
Feb. 14
Chase Buchanan
Feb. 21
Blaz Rola
Feb. 29
Blaz Rola
March 6
Chase Buchanan
March 13
Chase Buchanan
March 27
Blaz Rola
April 17
Chase Buchanan