April 23, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a 4-0 win over Purdue Sunday, the No. 5-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team clinched a second consecutive Big Ten regular season title. Ohio State is 25-2 overall and finished Big Ten regular season play 11-0 for the second straight year. The victory over the Boilermakers (6-16, 1-9 B1G) marked the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win and their 23rd straight victory in a conference regular season match.
The Buckeyes dropped just one point in league matches en route to the title, outscoring their opponents 73-1. The squad was 62-1 in singles play and 24-1 in doubles matches. The shutout was the team’s eighth in a row and 18th of the season, extending the program record for shutouts in a single campaign.
Ohio State enters next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament at Illinois on an 11-match winning streak. The Buckeyes, the defending tournament champion, will be the No. 1 seed. Ohio State and Michigan both ended the regular season 11-0 in B1G play, but the Buckeyes won a nonconference match between the teams Feb. 17 to win the tiebreaker. Ohio State has a first round bye and will open play Friday in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Saturday and the championship will be at noon Sunday, televised live on BTN.
“Our players worked really hard and have come together as a team,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said of closing out an undefeated league slate. “We have put a lot of emphasis on taking care of your own court and making sure you aren’t playing off the scoreboard too much and I think they did that today. This means a lot to them.”
— Ohio State W Tennis (@OhioState_WTEN) April 23, 2017
Against Purdue, the Scarlet and Gray clinched the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz all posted straight set singles wins to beat the Boilermakers.
In doubles, the senior tandem of De Santis and Angeles Paz posted a 6-1 win over Alex Sabe and Natalia Davila on court three for the first doubles victory. The No. 19-ranked pair of sophomore Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase topped the No. 55-ranked tandem of Andjela Djokovic and Rafaella Baquerizo, 6-2, on court one to clinch the doubles point and give the team the 1-0 advantage going into singles. On court two, the duo of junior Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus was leading Deborah Suarez and Marta Ruedas 5-2 when play was abandoned.
No. 1 Di Lorenzo downed Djokovic 6-0, 6-0 on court one for the first singles win. The win marked her 16th in a row. No. 91 De Santis defeated Baquerizo on court three, 6-1, 6-3, to make it 3-0 in favor of the Buckeyes. No. 119 Angeles Paz posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Caitlin Calkins on court six, extending her winning streak to 10, to secure the team win and clinch the Big Ten title.
On court two, No. 59 Sanford topped Alex Sabe in the first set, 6-2, but was trailing 3-5 in the second when play was called. After being down 4-2, No. 97 Kowase battled back to win the first set against Davila, 6-4, and was down 2-3 in the second when play was suspended. No. 92 Niehaus defeated Suarez 6-2 in the first set and was ahead 5-3 in the second on court five when the match was called.
Angeles Paz and Di Lorenzo both improved to 21-1 this spring, while De Santis is now 15-4. Di Lorenzo, Angeles Paz and Sanford all were 10-0 in B1G matches, with Kowase and Niehaus 9-0 and De Santis 8-0. Kowase and Di Lorenzo are 14-1 in doubles dual matches as a tandem, with a 7-0 mark in league play.
The team’s senior class – Angeles Paz, De Santis, Kowase and Niehaus – was recognized prior to the match. They are the winningest senior class in program history with 95 team wins during their careers heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
Purdue vs Ohio State
Apr 23, 2017 at Columbus
(Varsity Tennis Courts)
#5 Ohio State 4, Purdue 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Andjela Djokovic (PUR_W) 6-0, 6-0
2. #59 Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. Alex Sabe (PUR_W) 6-2, 3-5, unfinished
3. #91 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Rafaella Baquerizo (PUR_W) 6-1, 6-3
4. #97 Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. Natalia Davila (PUR_W) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
5. #92 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. Deborah Suarez (PUR_W) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
6. #119 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Caitlin Calkins (PUR_W) 6-4, 6-1
1. #19 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #55 Andjela Djokovic/Rafaella Baquerizo (PUR_W) 6-2
2. Sandy Niehaus/Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. Deborah Suarez/Marta Ruedas (PUR_W) 5-2, unfinished
3. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Alex Sabe/Natalia Davila (PUR_W) 6-1
Purdue 6-16, 1-10 B1G
Ohio State 25-2, 11-0 B1G; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,3,6)
Official: Jerri Banks T-1:51 A-223