April 9, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team swept Nebraska, 7-0, on Sunday, notching its sixth shutout in the last seven matches. The Buckeyes improve to 21-2 and 7-0 in conference play, while the Cornhuskers fall to 18-4 and 4-3 in the Big Ten.
The squad clinched the doubles point with after posting wins on courts two and three. Ohio State posted five straight set singles wins and one three set win to shut out Nebraska.
“We had a really good start in doubles today which was something we were really stressing,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “Every team we face is good and we know we need to be ready from the first point. We came out with a strong mind set. We have some things to work on for next week, but overall it was a very good weekend.”
In doubles, the No. 39-ranked senior duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis notched the first doubles win for the Buckeyes after topping Lisa Andersson and Vasanti Shinde, 6-0, on court two. The pair of junior Anna Sanford and senior Ferny Angeles Paz defeated Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad 6-3 on court three to clinch the doubles point. On court one, the No. 22-ranked tandem of sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase was ahead 5-2 against Mary Hanna and Paula Del Cueto Castillo when play was abandoned.
No. 1-ranked Di Lorenzo downed Shinde on court one, 6-0, 6-1, marking her 12th win in a row. No. 75 Niehaus posted a 6-2, 6-1 win on court five, her 12th consecutive win, for the squad’s second singles victory. After dropping the first, 6-3, on court two, No. 74 Sanford easily defeated Reifeis in the second, 6-0, and the third, 6-1, to secure the team win for the Scarlet and Gray. She is on a six-match winning streak
On court four, No. 86 Kowase topped Jeannie Lozowski, 6-1, 6-4, for her 18th straight win and career win No. 103. Junior Olivia Sneed defeated M’ Balia Bangoura 6-3, 6-3 on court six shortly afterwards. Angeles Paz beat Hanna, 7-6, 6-2, on court three to complete the singles sweep.
Kowase is 18-0 this spring, while Di Lorenzo, Niehaus and Angeles Paz and are 17-1. The Buckeyes have outscored their conference foes 48-1 this spring.
Up next, the Buckeyes will travel to Champaign, Ill., to face Illinois at 6 p.m. ET Friday before heading to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern at noon ET Sunday.
Ohio State vs Nebraska
Apr 09, 2017 at Lincoln, Neb.
(Dillon Tennis Center)
#3 Ohio State 7, Nebraska 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-0, 6-1
2. #74 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Claire Reifeis (NEB) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
3. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Mary Hanna (NEB) 7-6, 6-2
4. #86 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 6-1, 6-4
5. #75 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Lisa Andersson (NEB) 6-2, 6-1
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. M’ Balia Bangoura (NEB) 6-3, 6-3
1. Mary Hanna/P.Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) vs. #22 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) 2-5, unfinished
2. #39 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Lisa Andersson/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-0
3. Ferny Angeles Paz/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-3
Ohio State 21-2, 7-0 B1G; National ranking #3
Nebraska 18-4, 5-3 B1G
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,6,3)