May 2, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State, the Big Ten regular season and tournament champion, has been awarded the No. 3 seed in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship and will host first and second round matches in Columbus for the second year in a row. All matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts.
The Buckeyes (28-2), ranked fourth in the most recent ITA poll, will take on MAC tournament champion Buffalo (14-8) at noon May 13. The first match of the day features Notre Dame (17-9), ranked 33rd, facing No. 31 Kansas (13-9) at 9 a.m. The winners will meet in the second round at noon May 14 for a spot in the NCAA Round of 16 May 19 in Athens, Ga.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team, also the No. 3 seed in its bracket, will also play host to first and second round matches. UCF and Louisville will meet at 11 a.m. May 12, with the Buckeyes hosting Butler at 2 p.m. that day. The men’s second round match will be played at 3 p.m. May 13.
All-session tickets, which include all six matches (three women’s and three men’s) are $21 for adults and $12 for youth/students. Single day tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth/students on May 12 and May 14 and $12 for adults and $8 for youth/students May 14 when three matches are on the slate. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is available for free in designated lots. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
“We know everyone is good at this point in the season,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “We have a little bit of time to try to make one more jump. Fitness is our first priority at this stage. We will work getting our bodies right to try to make a good run. It’s going to be very tough but we will do everything we can to be ready for what’s ahead.”
The selection marks Ohio State’s fourth-straight trip to the NCAA tournament and the 14th appearance for the program overall. The squad reached the quarterfinals for the first time last season.
The first round match vs. Buffalo will be the first for the Buckeyes in program history.
This season, the Buckeyes are 28-2 overall. The squad has won its last 14 matches, with shutouts in 10 of the last 11 matches. The team was 11-0 in Big Ten play for the second straight year to claim back to back league regular season titles. The squad is 15-0 at home this season and is on a 31-match home winning streak. Six Buckeyes are ranked nationally in singles, along with a Top 20 doubles team.