September 30, 2016

Buckeyes Open Play at ITA All-Americans

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Sept. 30, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, members of the Ohio State women’s tennis team open play in the 2016 Rivera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships at the Rivera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

FloTennis will provide live streaming of the main draw matches (four courts) at flotennis.com for a fee. Live scoring is not available for the tournament.

Buckeyes at the All-Americans
Saturday, senior Buckeyes Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz will open the tournament in the prequalifying singles round. Angeles Paz will take on Katie Stresnakova of Oklahoma State at 1:30 p.m. ET and Kowase will face Vivienne Kulicke of UTEP at 3:15 p.m. ET. Round two will also be held Saturday, with the third round Sunday. Players must win three matches to advance to the qualifying draw.

Junior Anna Sanford and seniors Sandy Niehaus and senior Gabriella De Santis are in the qualifying singles round that will begin Tuesday. Players must win three matches in order to reach the main draw.

Sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo will compete in the main draw that is set to start next Thursday.

In doubles, the senior tandem of De Santis and Niehaus will compete in qualifying looking to secure a spot in the main draw. The pair of Kowase and Sanford is slated to start action in the main draw.

Nine of the Top 10 singles players and doubles teams, including No. 3 Di Lorenzo and No. 5 Kowase and Sanford, are in the tournament’s main draw.

Singles and doubles finals will be played Oct. 9.

At the All-American Championships last year, Di Lorenzo posted three wins in the qualifying round to advance to the main draw before falling in the main draw second round. De Santis lost her first singles match in qualifying.

About the All-Americans
ITA Women’s All-American Championships main draw singles semifinalists, main draw doubles finalists and main draw consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Buckeye sophomore Di Lorenzo is the defending champion of the National Indoor tournament, notching the first ITA title in program history.

In the Rankings
Ohio State had six ranked singles players and one ranked doubles tandem in the preseason ITA Rankings released earlier this month.

Sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo checks in at No. 3, senior Sandy Niehaus at No. 67, junior Anna Sanford at No. 68, senior Gabriella De Santis at No. 79, junior Olivia Sneed at No. 80 and senior Miho Kowase at No. 99.

In doubles, the pair of Kowase and Sanford is ranked fifth.

A Look Back at Last Year
The Buckeye squad is coming off one of the best seasons in program history. The Buckeyes finished 2016 ranked sixth with five ranked singles players and three ranked doubles tandems.

The Scarlet and Gray went 31-3, the first time with more than 20 wins in a season, and was ranked in the Top 6 (a program high) since early February, including time at No. 1. The team won the Big Ten regular season title with an 11-0 ledger and claimed the first conference tournament title in school history. The Buckeyes reached the NCAA Championship quarterfinals and hosted NCAA first and second round matches for the first time.

Francesca Di Lorenzo claimed the first national title in Ohio State women’s tennis history winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. She was the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship and the doubles duo of Miho Kowase and Anna Sanford, which won the ITA Midwest Regional title, earned an at-large spot into the NCAA Doubles Championship.