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Jan. 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State women’s tennis team (4-0, 0-0 B1G) travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 12 Michigan (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center.

Live scoring and video from the match is available HERE.

Buckeyes Headed to ITA National Team Indoors for Second Time
With two wins on ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Ohio State clinched a spot in the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships, set for Feb. 5-8 in Madison, Wis. All teams play one match a day the first three days, with the final set for Feb. 8.

This marks the Buckeyes’ second appearance in the event. The 2001 team was the first to be invited and was 1-2 in Madison, Wis., falling to No. 8 Pepperdine (6-1) and No. 40 Oklahoma State (5-2) before a 5-2 win over No. 8-ranked UCLA.

ITA Rankings Update
New team rankings were released Wednesday, with the Buckeyes moving up to a program record 16th. The program’s previous high was No. 17, set in 2010 and 2015.

Ohio State is second among Big Ten programs behind only No. 12 Michigan. Other ranked B1G teams include No. 26 Northwestern, No. 45 Purdue, No. 53 Illinois, No. 55 Indiana, No. 60 Minnesota, No. 61 Penn State, No. 68 Michigan State and No. 75 Maryland.

A Look at the Wolverines
No. 12 Michigan is 2-0 to start the campaign, with wins vs. San Francisco, 4-0, and No. 22 Kentucky, 4-3, on ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Ann Arbor. The Wolverine lineup features three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles tandems. Senior Ronit Yorovsky is ranked No. 17, freshman Brienne Minor is No. 19 and freshman Kate Fahey checks in at No. 107. The duo of Fahey and Minor as well as Fahey with sophomore Mira Ruder Hook are tied at No. 59.

Ohio State is 13-41 in the all-time series with Michigan. The Buckeyes lost 6-1 to the Wolverines last year in Columbus and 4-0 in the Big Ten Tournament final in Evanston, Ill.

The match between the Buckeyes and Wolverines is a non-conference match, as Ohio State and Michigan are not scheduled to face off in a Big Ten match this season. There are 14 Big Ten schools and each team plays 11 league matches during the regular season.

Last Time Out – ITA Kick-Off Weekend
The Buckeyes won two matches in Fort Worth, Texas, to claim their spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

In the first round against No. 19 Pepperdine, Ohio State came from behind to defeat the Waves, 4-3. The Buckeyes lost the doubles point but picked up four singles wins, including three in three sets, for the victory. Each time Pepperdine went ahead by one, the Buckeyes answered to tie the match. Junior Ferny Angeles Paz deadlocked the match at three, rallying after losing the first set. With the match on the line, sophomore Olivia Sneed posted the only straight set victory of the day to clinch the team win. Junior Miho Kowase and sophomore Anna Sanford also posted three-set victories in singles for Ohio State.

In the Kick-Off Weekend final, Ohio State topped TCU, 4-0. The Buckeyes captured the doubles point with a pair of wins from the tandems of Francesca Di Lorenzo/Sneed and Sanford/Miho Kowase. Di Lorenzo, Sanford and Angeles Paz all won their singles matches in straight sets to clinch the match for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Leaders
Junior Ferny Angeles Paz leads the Buckeyes with 12 singles wins on the year and is tied with sophomore Anna Sanford with four dual match victories each. Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo is second with 11 victories on the year. Sophomore Olivia Sneed has three dual match wins this spring.

In doubles, junior Miho Kowase is first with 13, followed by Angeles Paz with 12 and Sanford with 11. The tandem of Kowase and Sanford has a team-best 11 victories overall and has three wins in dual matches to share the lead with Di Lorenzo and Sneed.

Up Next
Ohio State will head to Madison, Wis., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 5-8.

The Buckeyes will return home to host No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA champion Vanderbilt at noon Feb. 13 and No. 24 Georgia Tech at noon Feb. 14.