November 15, 2016

Di Lorenzo to Represent U.S. in Master’U BNP Paribas Competition

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Nov. 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Francesca Di Lorenzo, a sophomore on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been selected to represent the United States in the Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition December 1-4 in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France, the USTA announced Tuesday.

Melissa Schaub, the Buckeyes’ head coach, will travel with and coach the team, along with Boise State men’s coach Greg Patton.

The U.S. squad will compete against teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. The U.S. has won the last five Master’U titles and six in the last seven years.

“Master’U is effectively the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of collegiate tennis,” said USTA Collegiate Tennis Director Stephen Amritraj in the USTA release. “We’re excited to have another strong group of players on this year’s ‘Team USA,’ going for a ‘six-peat.’”

Each team match consists of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match. Complete results from all three days can be found on the Master’U BNP Paribas website.

The team includes top American collegians. Di Lorenzo, from New Albany, Ohio, won both the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship and the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship titles this fall. She will be joined in France by Hayley Carter of North Carolina and Ena Shibahara of UCLA. The men competing for the U.S. include Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech), Tom Fawcett (Stanford) and Strong Kirchheimer (Northwestern).