April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49th-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (14-7, 4-3 B1G) is slated to host its final two home matches of the 2014 season Friday and Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes look to defend a perfect 10-0 record in Columbus as they take on No. 41 Indiana (16-6, 4-3 B1G) 1 p.m. Friday and No. 37 Purdue (9-7, 5-2 B1G) Sunday. The match Sunday will be played INDOORS at the Varsity Tennis Center at NOON.
Seniors Kelsey Becker and Noelle Malley will be recognized prior to Sunday’s match as part of Senior Day celebrations. Both are Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten selections. Becker has 12 career singles wins and 25 doubles victories, while Malley has 39 singles wins and 57 doubles wins for the Scarlet and Gray.
IN A NUTSHELL
HOME SWEET HOME
After notching three wins at the Varsity Tennis Center last weekend, the Buckeyes remain perfect at home this season. The squad has collected three conference wins and five shutouts at home this spring.
ON A ROLL
The Buckeyes have compiled win streaks in both singles and doubles action in conference play. Gabriella De Santis leads the squad with six-consecutive wins in singles play, while Grainne O’Neill and Miho Kowase have each posted four-straight victories.
In doubles play, Ferny Angles Paz and Kowase have combined for 11-straight wins, while the Buckeye duo of Sandy Niehaus and De Santis has defeated seven straight opponents.
Freshmen Sandy Niehaus, Ferny Angles Paz and Miho Kowase have each earned 20 or more singles wins this season. Niehaus leads the squad with 26 wins to tie Ann Beaudoin (1979) for fourth in program history for wins by a freshman.
With a win in straight sets vs. Wright State Sunday, Kowase earned her 20th win of the season, while Angeles Paz tabbed her 20th win of the season vs. Minnesota’s Julia Courter on court four last Friday.
IN THE POLLS
Freshman Gabriella De Santis checks in at No. 83 in the latest ITA singles rankings released April 8. The former B1G Athlete of the Week has knocked off a team-best three ranked opponents and holds a 10-5 record at the No.1 singles position.
The No. 75-ranked doubles tandem of Ferny Angles Paz and Miho Kowase remain perfect on the year with an 11-0 record as a pair.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes completed a weekend sweep of three home matches, shutting out Wright State, 7-0, Sunday evening inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State, which blanked Minnesota 7-0 Friday and downed Wisconsin 6-1 earlier Sunday, went 20-1 in singles and doubles competition on the weekend.
A LOOK AT THE HOOSIERS
Indiana ventures to Columbus, Ohio, after posting back-to-back home victories vs. Nebraska, 6-1, and Iowa, 4-3. Katie Klyczek, who holds a 12-7 record at No. 1 singles, and Sophie Garr, who has defeated five-straight conference opponents, lead the Hoosier squad.
Ohio State is 9-32 all-time vs. Indiana. Last season, the Buckeyes fell to the Hoosiers, 5-2, in Bloomington, Ind.
Purdue has earned a 9-7 record this spring with a 5-2 record in conference play. After a three-match skid, the squad has captured four straight wins in B1G competition and is 5-7 vs. ranked teams. The Boilermakers are led by Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum with a team-best 12 singles wins and the Purdue duo of Maria Schmidt and Kristztina Kapitany has collected a team-high 10 doubles victories.
In the series, the Buckeyes and Boilermakers are tied with 23 wins each. Last season, the Scarlet and Gray dropped a 5-2 decision at Purdue.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
With a 4-3 conference record, the Buckeyes are tied for fifth place with No. 60 Michigan State and No. 41 Indiana. No. 14 Michigan leads the rankings with a 7-0 record in B1G play with No. 12 Northwestern (6-1) in second place. No. 61-ranked Minnesota and Purdue are tied for third with a 5-2 ledger.
The Scarlet and Gray have notched B1G wins vs. Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota this spring.
The Buckeyes will conclude the regular season on the road playing Iowa April 18 in Iowa City, Iowa, before facing Nebraska April 20 in Lincoln, Neb. Ohio State will then compete in the Big Ten Tournament April 24-28 in Evanston, Ill.