March 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 59-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (7-4, 1-0 B1G) is set to compete against No. 75-ranked Princeton (8-3, 0-0 Ivy) Saturday at 10 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio, at the Varsity Tennis Center. The match marks the first time in more than 30 years the two squads have competed against each other.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State collected a pair of wins in its doubleheader Wednesday vs. Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes notched their fifth shutout of the season, downing Northern Kentucky, 7-0, before defeating Cincinnati, 6-1. The Scarlet and Gray swept doubles competition in both outings and claimed 11 of 12 singles matches.
Princeton travels to Columbus, Ohio, following a four-match homestand where the Tigers notched wins in all matches and extended their winning streak to five matches. Junior Lindsay Graff, who has won five straight matches at the No. 1 singles position, leads the Tigers, while Dorothy Tang and Emily Hahn have tallied five-consecutive singles victories. Freshman Alanna Wolff, who is ranked No. 89 in the ITA poll, holds a 6-2 record in singles on courts two and three.
The squad holds an 0-3 record vs. ranked opponents and an 0-2 ledger on the road this spring.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE TIGERS
Ohio State is 0-6 all time vs. Princeton. The two squads last met in 1983 where the Tigers posted a 5-4 victory over the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.
As a team, the Buckeyes have earned five consecutive victories, including two shutout wins at home, while several members of the squad have compiled impressive winning streaks in the spring slate. Freshman Sandy Niehaus has posted nine consecutive wins in singles competitions, amassing a 9-1 record this spring. Miho Kowase, competing at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions, has notched eight consecutive wins.
The Scarlet and Gray have compiled a 7-0 record when winning the doubles point this season, including two doubles sweeps vs. Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati earlier this week. Like in singles, the Buckeye tandems have begun to tally notable winning streaks in doubles as well.
Pairing up with freshman Ferny Angeles Paz, Miho Kowase and her teammate have won five straight matches in doubles play. The other freshman duo of Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus has defeated three straight opponents. Noelle Malley and Grainne O’Neill battled in their match vs. Cincinnati to win their third match in four outings in doubles competition.
Ohio State will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., during spring break to compete against UNLV March 12 and Marquette March 14. The Buckeyes will return to B1G action March 21 and 23, facing Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michigan State in Columbus, Ohio.