April 5, 2018

Buckeyes Hit the Road for B1G Matches


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (9-5, 3-2 B1G) has two road matches this weekend. The No. 30 Buckeyes will play at Minnesota (11-8, 3-2 B1G) at 5 p.m. ET Friday and take on Wisconsin (8-9, 2-3 B1G) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 9-5 on the year and 3-2 in Big Ten play. The team hosted two matches at home last week, falling to Michigan 4-3 and defeating Michigan State 5-2. In their other Big Ten matches, the Buckeyes defeated Penn State and Iowa and lost to Nebraska.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with 11 dual match wins, all on court one. Freshman Shiori Fukuda has nine dual match wins, followed by senior Olivia Sneed with eight and sophomore Danielle with seven.

Freshman Emma DeCoste, Fukuda and Sanford all have a team-high 10 doubles wins, with Fukuda and Sanford pairing up for a 10-1 ledger this spring. The duo of sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste has eight doubles victories.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 30.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 11 Illinois, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 24 Michigan and No. 38 Nebraska.

In the singles rankings released this week, senior Anna Sanford jumped into the rankings at No. 62 and freshman Shiori Fukuda is No. 97. In doubles, Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford are ranked 25th, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 60.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota is 11-8 this spring, with a 3-2 Big Ten ledger with victories over Wisconsin, Maryland and Rutgers and losses to Michigan and Indiana.

The Buckeyes are 22-24 all-time vs. the Gophers and have won the last 13 meetings between the teams. The squads met in Minneapolis last season, with the Buckeyes posting a 7-0 victory.

The Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin enters the weekend 8-9 this spring. The team is 2-3 in conference matches, with wins over Rutgers and Maryland and losses to Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue. The Badgers host Penn State Friday.

Ohio State is 15-31 all-time vs. Wisconsin but has won the last 12 matches between the teams, including a 7-0 victory in Columbus last year.

On the Doubles Court

  • Ohio State has combined for a 27-7 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in 12 of 14 matches.
  • The Buckeyes are 10-1 on court one, 7-2 on court two and 10-4 on court three this spring.
  • The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked No. 25th, is 10-1 on the year, with the tandem of Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf 8-4 on the season.
  • DeCoste has posted doubles win with three different partners, pairing up with Andrea Ballinger, Mary Beth Hurley and Wolf.

In Singles

  • Ohio State is 11-2 on court one, 10-2 on court two, 8-5 on court three and 7-5 on court six to lead the way.
  • Combined, the Buckeyes are 46-28 in singles this spring, with a 20-10 ledger in Big Ten matches.
  • Anna Sanford enters the weekend on a six-match winning streak (winning in straight sets in five of the six matches) and Shiori Fukuda has won her last four matches.
  • Olivia Sneed has won four of her last five matches, with the loss in three sets.
  • Danielle Wolf has captured four of her last five outings, with two of the victories decided in a third set/super tiebreaker.

Sanford Named B1G Athlete of the Week
Senior Anna Sanford was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week after posting three wins on court one last weekend.

Sanford opened the weekend with a straight-set win over No. 23-ranked Kate Fahey of Michigan (6-3, 6-3) and also downed Michigan State’s Aslina Chua in straight sets (6-4, 6-2). In doubles, Sanford and Shiori Fukuda topped Fahey and Brienne Minor of Michigan, 7-5. The Buckeye tandem led 5-2 vs. the Spartans when the Buckeyes clinched the doubles point and doubles play was halted.

This is her second career Big Ten weekly award.

Looking Ahead
The Buckeyes have road matches next week as well, taking on Indiana April 13 and Purdue April 15.

The team will end the regular season at home. No. 11 Illinois comes to Columbus April 20 and senior day is set for April 22 when the Buckeyes host No. 13 Northwestern.