COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s tennis released its 2017-18 schedule on Monday, highlighted by hosting the ITA Kickoff Weekend and a spring break trip to Los Angeles.
The Buckeyes have won 12-straight Big Ten regular season crowns and are the two-time defending Big Ten Tournament Champions. They are coming off a runner-up finish in the ITA Indoor Team Championships and a semifinal appearance in the NCAA Championship.
OSU returns an experienced lineup led by one of the top collegiate players in the country in senior Mikael Torpegaard. The two-time All-American is in the top-20 in school history for career singles and combined wins.
Click the links above for the complete schedule. Below are notes on each event or match.
ITA All-American Championship – Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, Tulsa, Okla.
• Has been the Buckeyes’ opening event of the season for a number of seasons
• Hugo Di Feo nearly became the first Buckeye to win a singles title at the event last season as he finished runner-up
• OSU has had a pair of doubles teams win the event – Scott Green and Ross Wilson in 2004 and Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola started their magical season with a title in 2011
ITA Midwest Regional Championship – Oct. 19-23, Ann Arbor, Mich.
• The Buckeyes have dominated the event, winning nine singles titles since 2003
• OSU won four-straight singles crowns from 2012-15 with the most recent win coming from Herkko Pollanen
• Kevin Metka and Peter Kobelt teamed to win the doubles title in 2013, marking the fourth doubles win for the Buckeyes in the event
Big Ten Singles and Doubles Championship – Oct. 27-30, Lansing, Mich.
• Kyle Seelig went on a run to the finals of the championship last season before finishing runner-up
• Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert began their season by winning the doubles title last year
ITA Fall National Championship – Nov. 1-5, Indian Wells, Calif.
• The event has moved from indoors at Flushing, N.Y. to outdoors in Indian Wells for the first time
• Last year, Mikael Torpegaard finished runner-up in the event
• Jeremey Wurtzman opened his senior season with a singles title at the event in 2003 and Bryan
Koniecko won the crown in 2008
• Scott Green and Ross Wilson won the doubles title in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005 while Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola won the Buckeyes’ most recent crown in 2011
ATP Collegiate Challenger Series
• Columbus Challenger, Las Vegas Challenger, Charlottesville Challenger, Knoxville Challenger, Champaign Challenger, Houston Future, Harlingen Future, Columbus Future
• Ohio State will send players to a number of pro events throughout the fall with the chance of earning coveted World Ranking points
• The Columbus Challenger will run Sept. 18-24. Mikael Torpegaard won the event last fall for his first pro tournament title
• The Columbus Futures event will be held in late November. Both the Challenger and Futures events will be contested at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center on Henderson Rd.
ITA Kickoff Weekend – Jan. 27-28, Columbus, Ohio
• Buckeyes will host the event for the 10th straight season and have won the weekend each of the last nine years
• OSU will play Yale in the opening round and then will face either Tulsa or North Florida
Toledo – Jan. 28, Columbus, Ohio
• OSU is 33-3 all-time vs. the Rockets
• The last meeting with a 7-0 sweep by the Buckeyes to open last season
Texas – Feb. 3 | Texas A&M – Feb. 9, Columbus, Ohio
• The Buckeyes will look for a bit of revenge is they lost matches to both teams last year on their spring break swing through the Lone Star State.
• OSU has not lost to either team in Columbus
Florida – Feb. 11, Columbus, Ohio
• The Buckeyes have won seven-straight matches against the Gators since 2010, including a 4-1 victory last season in Gainesville
• This will only be the second meeting all-time between the two teams in Columbus
• All-time, OSU is 7-3 with the three losses all coming prior to the 1991 season
ITA Team Indoor National Championship – Feb. 16-19, Seattle, Wash.
• Ohio State has played in the event every year of its existence and won the event in 2014
• The Buckeyes also have four other runner-up finishes including last year when they knocked-off No. 2 Wake Forest in the semis before falling to host Virginia in the finals
• Torpegaard was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in 2017
Notre Dame – Feb. 24, South Bend, Ind.
• The Buckeyes have won 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Irish, including the last 17-straight
• The teams have met at least once every season dating back to 1975
• All-time, the Buckeyes lead the series 32-26
Penn State -- Feb. 28, Columbus, Ohio
• Ohio State opens Big Ten play with the Nittany Lions for the fourth-straight season
• OSU leads the all-time series 27-6
• The Buckeyes have won 19-straight in the series and have not lost to PSU under Ty Tucker’s watch
Georgia – March 7, Athens, Ga.
• The Buckeyes return to the site of last year’s NCAA Tournament in search of just their second win in Athens
• All five Buckeye wins in the series have come since 2010 including last year’s 4-0 sweep of the Bulldogs in Columbus
USC – March 13 | Arizona State – March 15, Los Angeles, Calif.
• The match with USC will be just the second match in the all-time series between the two schools in which it is played on either of the team’s home court.
• The first meeting between the two sides in 1979 was played in LA and the nine meetings since have all been played either at the National Indoor Championship or the NCAA Championship
• This will be just the third all-time meeting between Ohio State and Arizona State and the first since 1989
• The Sun Devils won 6-3 in both 1980 and 1989.
Michigan State – March 23, East Lansing, Mich.
• Prior to Tucker taking over in 2000, the Buckeyes had lost six matches in a row to the Spartans.
• Since then, OSU has won 20-straight against Michigan State and leads the all-time series 47-36
Michigan – March 25, Columbus, Ohio
• Similar to the success against the Spartans, OSU has won a remarkable 24-straight matches against their rivals from up north
• The two most recent wins came last season as the Buckeyes won 4-1 in Ann Arbor during the regular season and then again by the same score in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament in late April.
Minnesota – March 30, Minneapolis, Minn. | Wisconsin – April 1, Madison, Wisc.
• The Buckeyes head to the two northern-most schools in the conference over Easter Weekend
• Despite trailing in the overall series to Minnesota 36-35, the Buckeyes have won 19-straight against the Gophers since 2004
• Wisconsin is another team the Buckeyes have not lost to under Tucker’s watch, winning 28-straight
Kentucky – April 4, Lexington, Ky.
• This will be the 12th-straight season that the Buckeyes and Wildcats have met during the regular season
• Ohio State has won 15 of the last 16 meetings in the series with the lone loss coming in Lexington back in 2014
• OSU won 4-1 last season in Columbus and 4-2 at Kentucky in 2016
• The Buckeyes are 9-5 all-time in matches played in Lexington
Nebraska – April 6, Columbus, Ohio | Iowa – April 8, Columbus, Ohio
• Ty Tucker and the Buckeyes have not lost to either program, winning 18-straight against the Hawkeyes and winning all 10 meetings with Nebraska
• Last season, Ohio State dropped just one set en route to a pair of 7-0 victories on its Iowa/Nebraska road trip
Northwestern – April 13, Columbus, Ohio
• This will be the 93rd all-time meeting between the two schools with the Buckeyes leading the series 49-43
• Since Tucker took over in 2000, the Buckeyes have won 21 of the 22 matches including the last 15-straight
• Prior to 2000, Northwestern had won 11 matches in a row
Illinois – April 15, Columbus, Ohio
• Senior Day for a great crop of Buckeyes – Mikael Torpegaard, Riley Reist and Matt Mendez – will be celebrated against rival Illinois
• The regular season and B1G Tournament Championships have been won by Ohio State or Illinois every season since 1997.
• Since losing all three matches during the 2015 season the Illini, OSU has won three-straight, including last season’s incredible 4-3 victory which was clinched by freshman JJ Wolf in a third-set tiebreaker
Purdue – April 20, West Lafayette, Ind. | Indiana – April 22, Bloomington, Ind.
• The final weekend of the regular season will be spent in Indiana, facing two schools that the Buckeyes have dominated in recent years
• OSU has won 19-straight matches against both Purdue and Indiana
• The Hoosiers are coached by former Buckeye All-American Jeremy Wurtzman, who played for Tucker from 2001-04
• Last year, the Buckeyes defeated IU 7-0 and then topped Purdue 6-1
Big Ten Tournament – April 26-29, Iowa City, Iowa
• The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 12 Big Ten Tournaments, including each of the last two
• OSU won the Big Ten Tournament the last time it was contested in Iowa City back in 2008
NCAA Tournament – May 11-21
• OSU will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the 19th-straight year under Ty Tucker
• The Buckeyes have hosted first and second round matches each of the last 12 years and are a perfect 24-0 in those matches
• Last year, Ohio State made a run to the semifinals before losing a hard-fought 4-1 match to Virginia
• This year’s final site will be hosted by Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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