March 29, 2018

Buckeyes Host Michigan and Michigan State This Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s tennis team (8-4, 2-1 B1G) hosts two Big Ten Conference matches this weekend. The No. 29 Buckeyes will face No. 30 Michigan (8-8, 4-0 B1G) at 4 p.m. Friday and Michigan State (12-4, 3-1 B1G) at noon Sunday.

Both matches will be played INSIDE the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 8-4 on the year and 2-1 in Big Ten play after a win at Iowa last Sunday. The squad is 6-2 at home.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with nine dual match wins, all on court one. Freshman Shiori Fukuda and senior Olivia Sneed each have seven victories, followed by sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Mary Beth Hurley with six each.

DeCoste, Fukuda and Sanford all have a team-high nine doubles wins, with Fukuda and Sanford pairing up for a 9-1 ledger this spring. The duo of sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste has seven doubles victories.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 29.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 9 Northwestern, No. 11 Illinois, No. 30 Michigan and No. 36 Nebraska.

In the singles rankings released last week, freshman Shiori Fukuda was No. 86 and senior Olivia was is No. 116. In doubles, Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford were ranked 29th, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 61 and the tandem of Sanford and Sneed No. 75.

The Michigan Wolverines
Michigan enters the weekend 8-8 overall and is 4-0 in Big Ten play with wins over Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Purdue. Last weekend the Wolverines downed the Gophers 5-2 on the road and shut out Purdue in Ann Arbor.

In the rankings, Kate Fahey is No. 23 in singles and Chiara Lommer is No. 93. The doubles tandem of Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook is slotted 52nd in doubles.

Ohio State is 16-42 all-time vs. Michigan, but has won the last three matches vs. the Wolverines. The teams met in nonconference matches during the regular season the last two years. The last match between the teams was the 2017 Big Ten Tournament final, a 4-0 Ohio State win in Urbana, Ill.

The Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans are 12-4 on the year and will play at Penn State Friday before coming to Columbus Sunday. The squad has a 3-1 Big Ten ledger, with wins at Nebraska and Wisconsin, a home victory over Indiana and a loss at Iowa.

Ohio State and Michigan State last met in a Big Ten match in 2015, a 6-1 Ohio State win at home. All-time, the Buckeyes are 32-14 vs. the Spartans.

On the Doubles Court
• Ohio State has combined for a 23-6 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in 10 of 12 matches.
• The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked No. 29th, is 9-1 on the year, with the tandem of Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf 7-3 on the season.
• DeCoste has posted a doubles win with three different partners in the last three matches, winning with Andrea Ballinger vs. Dayton, Hurley against Bowling Green and Wolf at Iowa.

In Singles
• Ohio State is 9-2 on court one, 8-2 on court two and 7-3 on court six to lead the way.
• Combined, the Buckeyes are 40-22 in singles this spring, with a 14-4 ledger in Big Ten matches.
• Anna Sanford and Mary Beth Hurley enter the weekend on four-match winning streaks, while Olivia Sneed and Danielle Wolf have both won their last three matches.
• Hurley won her last four matches all in straight sets.

Di Lorenzo Receives US Tennis Award
Francesca Di Lorenzo, an All-American and NCAA Champion for the Buckeyes, is a recipient of an Oracle US Tennis Award.

Di Lorenzo will receive a $100,000 grant to help develop her tennis careers. She was selected by a six-member advisory council comprised of former tennis professionals and executives. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of college tennis, administers the grant.

Di Lorenzo turned professional in December after playing two years at Ohio State, where she won the 2017 NCAA women’s doubles title, was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and earned three All-America honors (two singles, one doubles). She was also an Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Di Lorenzo finished the 2017 collegiate season as the No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rankings. She currently has a UTR of 12.26 and is ranked No. 258 on the WTA tour.

Looking Ahead
The Buckeyes will travel for their next four matches. The squad will face Minnesota April 6, Wisconsin April 8, Indiana April 13 and Purdue April 15.

The team will end the regular season at home. Illinois comes to Columbus April 20 and senior day is set for April 22 when the team hosts Northwestern.