March 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 52-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (5-4, 1-0 B1G) welcomes Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for a doubleheader Wednesday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes will take on Northern Kentucky at noon before hosting Cincinnati at 6 p.m.
IN A NUTSHELL
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet and Gray earned its first Big Ten Conference win Feb. 25, shutting out Penn State, 7-0, on the road for the team’s third shutout of the season. After claiming the doubles point, the Buckeyes secured the victory with wins on all six courts in singles competition. Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase, Sandy Niehaus, Ferny Angeles Paz, Grainne O’Neill and Nicole Flower all recorded wins in the match.
Sophomore Kelly Poggensee-Wei leads Cincinnati with a 6-5 record at No. 1 singles. Alongside senior Caitlin O’Gara, the Bearcat tandem has won three straight doubles matches and has compiled a 6-5 record on court one. Playing on courts two and three, Ashleigh Witte has extended her singles win streak to three matches in a row.
Ohio State holds a perfect 16-0 all-time record vs. Cincinnati. Last season, the Buckeyes shut out the Bearcats, 7-0, at home.
SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky holds a winning percentage of above .500 on five of its six courts with .750 or higher on courts one (.800), two (.800) and six (.750). The Norse have recorded a 2-2 record in away matches this season. Northern Kentucky has suffered back-to-back losses in its past two road matches, falling to IPFW, 6-1, and Dayton, 4-2.
The Norse are led by senior Maria Voscekova, who has claimed a 4-1 record at the No. 1 position and won nine of her last 10 singles matches. In doubles, Voscekova and freshman Danielle Donahue have tallied a 3-0 record on court one in dual play. Donahue holds a 4-1 record on No. 2 singles as well.
Ohio State is 1-0 all-time vs. Northern Kentucky. The two squads last met in October 1980, where the Buckeyes claimed an 8-1 win vs. the Norse.
ON A ROLL
Freshman Sandy Niehaus and Miho Kowase have compiled impressive starts to the dual season. With wins vs. Penn State, Niehaus and Kowase improved their winning streaks to eight and six consecutive matches, respectively. Niehaus, who has won eight of her last 10 matches, has collected a 4-1 record on court four and a perfect 4-0 in matches on either court three or five. Kowase has earned a 5-1 record at the No. 2 position and one victory on court one.
The Buckeyes will continue their nonconference homestand, facing Princeton at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center. The squad will travel to Las Vegas, Nev. during spring break to compete against UNLV March 12 and Marquette March 14.