Ohio State Tennis Stays Undefeated, Defeats No. 12 North Carolina 4-1

By DJ Byrnes on February 28, 2014 at 11:02p
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North Carolina tennis tried to bring the ruckus into Columbus, and in a series of events that won't shock anybody who has paid attention to the men's tennis team's ascension, the Tarheels got tagged with a 4-1 loss.

Here's head coach Ty Tucker on the triumph:  “The nice thing about tonight is that we weren’t able to finish at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, but we were still able to get the win against a tough North Carolina team. We had a great crowd tonight and I thought the people that were able to come out saw a high-quality tennis match. It’s a great win, but we have to get ready for an undefeated Penn State team on Sunday.”

Worthington product and Redshirt junior Kevin Metka clinched the doubles point and the overall match for Ohio State.  The Buckeyes (16-0, 1-0 B1G) have now won 182-consecutive home matches - just two wins shy of the NCAA Division I record (Stanford women’s tennis – 184 wins).

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

The buckeye tennis train keeps on rolling!  I'll admit I don't know the college scoring system, the bucks lost the #1 and #2 singles yet still won 4 - 1 eh?  I thought there were three singles and two doubles matches, but maybe I'm thinking of high school.

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IGotAWoody's picture

No, the #1 and #2 matches didn't need to finish, because the other singles finished first. Once a team gets to 4 points, they've won the match up. There's a total of 7 pts available, and the doubles only play for 1 pt (I know, it's unusual, but that's how they do it). So, they play 6 singles matches, and 3 doubles. I believe the doubles get started first, and the team that wins 2 of the doubles matches starts off with 1 pt. Then the singles play (most, if not all, the guys who play singles also play doubles).

Once a team gets their 4th pt, the match is essentially over.

Edit: Guess I should've kept reading. This was explained already.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

They play 6 singles and 3 doubles matches, with a total of 7 points to be decided.  No ad scoring.  Singles are best 2 of 3 sets.  Each singles match is worth 1 point for the team match.  Doubles are one set.  The team that wins 2 out of the 3 doubles matches gets 1 point for the team match.  Doubles are played first, then singles.  Once the doubles point has been secured, any remaining doubles match is suspended.  Once a team reaches 4 points, the team match is secured, and any singles matches still on the court are suspended.  Coaches may agree to different rules.

Against NC, the Buckeyes won 2 of 3 doubles, for 1 point.  They won 3 singles matches, and lost 1.  Courts 1 and 2 did not finish -- were suspended when the 4th team point was secured with the win on Court 4.  Note: the doubles matches were played to 8 games instead of 6, presumably by coaches' agreement.

Here's the story from a UNC site.  http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3350&ATCLID=209422128 

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ibuck's picture

Thanks Nellie for the match and scoring data. By no ad scoring, I assume that, at 40-40, the next point wins that game.

EDIT:  The Deuce you say. Yes, see No-Ad Scoring.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Yes.  We used to call it the Van Allen Scoring System, or VASS, named for Jimmy Van Allen, the tennis great who came up with it as a way to move the game along.  At 40 all, the receiver or receiving team decides whether the service goes to the ad or deuce court.  I assume the coaches can agree to use regular scoring.  I wasn't at the match tonight, so I don't know for sure if no ad was used.  It's the default rule according to the ITA, Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The rule were surprisingly not that easy to find.  Google ITA tennis rules.  You'll see rules to be used in December, 2013; January and February, 2014; and experimental rules being proposed that, among other things, moves singles matches before doubles, and has doubles matches decided by some kind of tie-breaker.  Interesting discussion going on about the value of doubles play.

tOSU has played one B1G match, beating Indiana.  It struck me as odd that the match score was 5-2, since play is suspended once a team has clinched with 4 points.  Presumably the coaches decided not to suspend the remaining singles match after the 4th team point was scored?  Maybe that's the rule for conference matches.  I couldn't find the B1G scoring rules.  I did notice that the final singles match went to 3 "sets", with the final set being a super tie-breaker -- first player to 10 points wins.  Maybe the coaches decided to do that?

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Seattle Linga's picture

Nellie - next time we go to watch a tennis match - I call "Shotgun" sitting next to Nellie

 

Whoa Nellie's picture

Good deal.  We'll drive down from my place in, wait for it SL, Shaker Hts.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Seattle Linga's picture

Nice I used to live on a side street off off South Woodland near the Shaker Heights CC.

You? 

Whoa Nellie's picture

2nd tee, same course.  Was a member there for 20 years.  Saw the connection in your profile.  Not stalkin'.  lol

Here's another.  My daughter is about to come to Seattle for grad school.  Small world, eh?

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Seattle Linga's picture

Very small world - 2nd tee box was on Van Aiken Boulevard - I used to Caddie the course in High School - Still have friends that are member there. I was a part of a few Shaker Days that I am still trying to recover from, LOL.

She's going to love Seattle - I honestly don't see my wife and kids, and I leaving anytime soon. So much to offer within reach

 

Whoa Nellie's picture

If it was between '85 and '05, odds are we know each other.  Thank goodness there were no cell phone cameras back then. 

She already does.  Couple visits with her beau, a PhD candidate at UW. 

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great explanation Nellie, thanks.  Seems odd they don't let players finish matches, just for the experience and playing time, but I guess the thought is to keep the matches at as reasonable time as possible and save some wear-and-tear on the players.  The no ad scoring in itself really speeds things up.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Thanks for explaining the scoring system to most of us who don't know.  Much appreciated!

Great to see the Buckeyes doing so well in tennis!!  I sure hope they beat the 184 mark.  They are very close.

Go Bucks!!

bukyze's picture

If we lose to a Penn State team again on Sunday, I'm going to stick a red hot poker through my eye socket.

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Hovenaut's picture

Great coverage - highly doubt I'd even know about the juggernaut that is OSU men's tennis w/o 11W.

Go Buckeyes!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Great point hov - I have been following the tennis team for year but we get extra bonus coverage here.

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