No. 5 Ohio State Set to Host NCAA First, Second Rounds This Weekend
Buckeyes welcome Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, East Tennessee State to Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team (31-3, 11-0 Big Ten) will continue postseason play as one of 16 hosts of the first and second rounds of the 2012 Division I Men's Tennis Championship. The No. 5 seed, the Buckeyes will host Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State Saturday and Sunday at the Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts.
Ohio State will play ETSU (14-8) in the first round at 1 p.m. Saturday. The first match of the day between the Irish (20-8) and Commodores (8-15) will begin at 10 a.m. The winners of the two opening-round contests will meet at 12 p.m. Sunday for a chance to move on to the Round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga. The University of Georgia will serve as the event’s host.
Live stats will be available at the Tournament Central page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A look at the 64-team field, along with singles and doubles brackets of the 2012 NCAA Championships are available at NCAAsports.com.
Tickets for the first and second rounds in Columbus are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children two and under are admitted for free.
Note: All matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts. In the case of inclement weather, matches will be moved indoors to the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center located at 880 W. Henderson Rd.
• Ohio State has won 92 of 93 Big Ten matches (regular season and Big Ten tournament) and 144 of its previous 150 contests.
• Ohio State has won 146 consecutive home matches in Columbus (18-0 in 2012).
• As the fifth-ranked team nationally, Ohio State is 9-1.
• The Buckeyes have won 31 of 34 doubles points this season.
• The Buckeyes have been victorious in 48 of their previous 52 matches.
• Since 2001, Ohio State is 276-39 (.876) when ranked in the ITA Top 25. That percentage improves to 229-16 (.935) since 2005-06.
• The Buckeyes have been ranked in the ITA Top 10 for 196 consecutive matches (beginning March 7, 2006).
• The Scarlet and Gray are 11-3 vs. teams ranked in the ITA Top 25 and 21-3 vs. teams in the Top 75.
• Blaz Rola leads the team with 30 singles wins, while Chase Buchanan leads the squad with 37 doubles wins.
The 2012 NCAA Championships
Ohio State is the No. 5 seed in the 2012 NCAA Team Championship. No. 1 USC (27-1) leads the field followed by Georgia (23-2), Virginia (23-1) and UCLA (22-3).
First and second-round competition will be played Friday through Sunday with the winner at each site advancing to the Round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola were selected to compete in the field of 64 singles players and field of 32 doubles teams as well.
Buchanan and Rola earned the No. 1 seed in the doubles championship, while individually they were at-large selections in the singles tournament.
Peter Kobelt is an alternate in the singles championship, while Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen, ranked 32nd in the nation, are alternates in doubles.
Ohio State at the NCAA Championships
In NCAA action, under 13th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have compiled a 29-12 record, advancing as far as the final in 2009 and reaching the semifinals last season and the quarterfinals in 2004, '06, '07, '08 and '10. Tucker has coached 17 singles and 10 doubles NCAA championships participants. In 2011, the Buckeyes advanced to the semifinals before falling to top seed Virginia 4-2 in Palo Alto, Calif. Under the helm of Tucker, Ohio State has now been to 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Buckeyes vs. the Field of 64 Overall Without Big Ten teams
vs. No. 1 seed (USC) region: 113-123-1 29-25
vs. No. 2 seed (Georgia) region: 65-62-1 37-24-1
vs. No. 3 seed (Virginia) region: 83-73 38-34
*vs. No. 4 seed (UCLA) region: 89-119-2 61-46-1
*Ohio State’s region
A Look Back
Ohio State advanced to its seventh-consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship final after a 4-0 win vs. Nebraska and a 4-1 win vs. No. 27 Indiana in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
In the championship match, the Buckeyes dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 24 Illinois. For the complete release, click HERE.
In the Hall
Head coach Ty Tucker will officially be inducted into the Zanesville City Schools Hall of Fame Saturday 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, who replaced John Daly as coach prior to the 1999-2000 season, has an overall record of 357-57 (.864) as the Buckeye mentor, including a 154-18 mark vs. Big Ten competition. He has posted at least 20 wins in 12 consecutive seasons. Following the 4-0 victory vs. Nebraska at the Big Ten tournament, Tucker and the Buckeyes reached 30 wins for the sixth-consecutive season.
The 16 regional winners of the NCAA championships will advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.