May 11, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team will host NCAA Championship First and Second Round matches this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes (28-2), the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will face Buffalo (14-8) at noon Saturday, preceded by a match between No. 32 Notre Dame (17-9) and No. 34 Kansas (13-9) at 9 a.m. The first round winners will meet at noon Sunday for a spot in the Round of 16. The Round of 16 through the final, along with the singles and doubles championships, will be held in Athens, Ga.
All matches in Columbus are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts. In the case of inclement weather, matches will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Check the women’s tennis schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com or the Ohio State women’s tennis social media accounts to confirm location if the weather is questionable.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team, the NCAA tournament’s No. 3 seed, will also play host to first and second round matches. UCF and Louisville will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Buckeyes hosting Butler at 2 p.m. that day. The men’s second round match will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday.
All-session tickets, which include all six matches (three women’s and three men’s) are $21 for adults and $12 for youth/students. Single day tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth/students on Friday and Sunday. Saturday tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth/students when three matches are on the slate (once singles matches start during the second match of the day, prices change to $8 and $5). Children 2 and under are free. Parking is available for free in designated lots.
Ohio State in the NCAA Tourney
• Ohio State is making its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and the 14th appearance in program history.
• This is the second year Ohio State is a Top 16 seed and hosting first and second round matches. The squad was the No. 4 seed a season ago.
• Last season, the Buckeyes advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating Youngstown State (4-0) and UCLA (4-1) in Columbus. The squad then downed Georgia Tech (4-2) in the Round of 16 before falling to Oklahoma State, 4-2, in the quarterfinals.
• Ohio State is 6-13 all-time in NCAA matches.
• The Buckeyes will be represented in the team, singles and doubles championships for the second straight year and fourth time in program history (1999, ‘00, ‘01, ‘16). Francesca Di Lorenzo is the No. 1 seed in the singles championship and she and Miho Kowase earned an at-large spot in the doubles tournament.
• Ohio State is 28-2 this spring, with its losses to No. 1-ranked Florida and No. 3-ranked North Carolina at neutral sites.
• The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament on a 14-match winning streak and with shutouts in 10 of their last 11 matches. The squad has a record 18 shutouts this year.
• The squad won its second straight Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. The Buckeyes were 11-0 in conference play, outscoring opponents 73-1, and then downed Nebraska (4-0), Illinois (4-3) and Michigan (4-0) for the tourney crown. Ohio State has won 23 straight regular season Big Ten matches.
• Overall, the Buckeyes are 10-2 vs. ranked opponents this season, with seven wins over teams in the Top 15 at the time of the match.
• The team has won the doubles point in 26 of 30 matches, losing to Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Florida and Illinois.
• Ohio State is 15-0 at home this year and is on a 31-match home winning streak, dating back to the 2015 season.
• For the second straight year, Francesca Di Lorenzo was named B1G Athlete of the Year, while Melissa Schaub earned league coach of the year accolades for the third straight season. Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase all earned a spot on the All-Big Ten team.
In the Rankings
In the latest ITA Rankings, Ohio State was slotted second. The squad has five ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Francesca Di Lorenzo has remained first all spring. Anna Sanford is No. 67, Miho Kowase is No. 91, No. 95 is Gabriella De Santis and No. 112 is Sandy Niehaus. In doubles, the pair of Di Lorenzo and Kowase checks in at No. 18 and De Santis and Niehaus are No. 47.
Ohio State vs the Teams in Columbus
• Ohio State has never faced Buffalo on the tennis courts.
• The Buckeyes are 4-0 all-time vs. Kansas. The teams last met March 2, 2003, a 4-3 win for the Buckeyes on the road. Ohio State prevailed in Columbus, 6-1, Feb. 17, 2002, as well as posting a 7-2 win Feb. 11, 2000 in Durham, N.C. The first match was Nov. 4, 1978, a 9-0 Buckeye victory.
• Ohio State and Notre Dame have met 21 times, including each year from 1998-2010. The most recent match was Feb. 8, 2015, a 4-3 Irish win in South Bend. The last match in Columbus was Jan. 25, 2009, a 6-1 ND victory.
In the Record Books
• Senior Miho Kowase, who enters the weekend on a 23-match winning streak, has 108 career singles victories. She is now first in program history in career singles wins, moving ahead of Kristy Dascoli who had 104 from 1998-01.
• Senior Sandy Niehaus has 99 career singles wins and leads the current Buckeyes with 98 doubles victories, the second most wins in program history. The program’s career doubles wins leader is Wendy Stewart, who had 99 from 1975-79.
• Senior Ferny Angeles Paz has 98 singles victories for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Head coach Melissa Schaub posted win No. 100 at the helm of the Buckeyes at Iowa this season. She is the third Buckeye head coach to hit the century mark.
By the Numbers
• Sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo is on an 18-match winning streak, while senior Sandy Niehaus has won 16 matches in a row.
• The Buckeyes have combined for a 180-410 record overall in singles this year, with a 134-17 mark in dual matches. In doubles, the squad is 73-27 overall and 57-15 in dual match play.
• Di Lorenzo leads the team in singles wins with 33 this season, followed by Kowase and Angeles Paz with 31 each. The trio leads the team with 23 dual match victories each, while Niehaus has 21 wins this spring.
• In doubles, Kowase is first with 25 wins, followed by Niehaus with 23. The tandem of Di Lorenzo and Kowase has a team-best 15 victories overall and also is first with 15 dual match victories as a pair, dropping just one match.
• The squad has a 25-1 mark on court one, 16-8 on two, 21-4 on three, 24-1 on four, 25-0 on five and 23-3 on six. In doubles, court one is 18-6, court two is 20-5 and court three is 19-5.