COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team ascended further into national prominence Thursday, entering the Top 25 of the Campbell’s/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll at No. 21.

The ranking is the highest for Ohio State since holding the No. 21 spot during the 2001 season. The Buckeyes are two spots shy of tying the highest program ranking of 19th nationally, claimed by the same 2000-01 squad.

“The team has really worked hard and competed so well in each and every match they’ve played,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach, said. “I am pleased to see their efforts rewarded with a Top 25 ranking.”

The Scarlet and Gray are off to the second best start in Ohio State history at 9-1, including five wins over ranked opponents.

Buckeye senior Kirsten Flower, an Upper Arlington, Ohio, native, is No. 67 in the national singles rankings. The All-Big Ten selection is 8-2 for the Buckeyes at the No. 1 singles position this spring.

The Buckeyes face 10th-ranked Tennessee at noon Saturday at home in the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road).

Campbell’s/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll
Feb. 18, 2010

Ranking School 
1 Northwestern 
2 UNC 
3 California  
5 Baylor 
6 Duke 
7 Michigan 
8 Florida 
9 USC 
10 Tennessee 
11 Stanford 
12 Georgia Tech 
13 Clemson 
14 Florida State 
15 Georgia 
16 Miami 
17 Notre Dame 
18 Arkansas 
19 Washington 
20 Vanderbilt 
21 Ohio State 
22 Mississippi 
23 Virginia
24 South Carolina 
25 DePaul