October 11, 2017

Buckeyes Head to Ann Arbor for ITA Midwest Regionals


Oct. 11, 2017

ITA Midwest Regional Championships Tournament Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the annual ITA Midwest Regional Championships. The tournament starts with qualifying singles Thursday, with main draw doubles starting Friday and the singles main draw beginning Saturday.

The tournament will be held outdoors if weather allows. The Michigan tennis twitter account (@umichtennis) will have the most up-to-date information on where matches are being held.

The singles and doubles champions will receive automatic berths to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. The fall national championship has been changed to an outdoor tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., leading to the change of regionals being played outdoors when possible.

Junior Andrea Ballinger will be the first Buckeye to take the court, competing vs. Akron’s Carli Knezevich at 10 a.m. Thursday in the 64-player qualifying draw. Three wins are needed in qualifying to reach the main draw.

Ohio State will be joined in the tournament with players from host Michigan, Akron, Bowling Green, Chicago State, Cleveland State, DePaul, Detroit, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois, Marquette, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Toledo, Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Youngstown State.

ITA Midwest Regional Championship Schedule*
Thursday, Oct. 12
10 a.m. — Qualifying Singles First Round
Not Before 1 p.m. — Qualifying Singles Second Round

Friday, Oct. 13
9 a.m. — Qualifying Singles Round of 16 (eight players will qualify for main draw)
2 p.m. — Main Draw Doubles First Round
To Follow — Main Draw Doubles Second Round

Saturday, Oct. 14
9 a.m. — Doubles Main Draw Round of 16
To Follow — Singles Main Draw First Round
To Follow — Singles Main Draw Second Round

Sunday, Oct. 15
10 a.m. — Doubles Main Draw Quarterfinals
To Follow — Doubles Main Draw Semifinals
1 p.m. — Singles Main Draw Round of 16

Monday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. — Doubles Main Draw Championship
10:30 a.m. — Singles Main Draw Quarterfinals
1:30 p.m. — Singles Main Draw Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 17
10 a.m. — Singles Main Draw Championship
*Schedule is subject to change

Buckeyes at the Midwest Regionals
No. 33-ranked Anna Sanford, one of six ranked singles players in the Midwest regional this year, led the Buckeyes at the tournament last season, advancing to the semifinals. In 2015, she and Miho Kowase claimed the tournament’s doubles title, the first regional championship for the Buckeye program.

Last year, three Buckeye doubles teams reached the third round, including current senior Olivia Sneed with Ferny Angeles Paz and Sanford with Kowase.

Looking Ahead
Next up, the Buckeye squad will compete at the Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 27-29. The weekend of Nov. 3-5, Buckeyes are slated to play in the Arizona State Thunderbird and the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic.