April 19, 2018

Buckeyes Host Two Matches, with Senior Day Sunday


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-6, 6-3 B1G) wraps up the regular season with two home matches this weekend. The No. 31 Buckeyes will face No. 15 Illinois (19-3, 8-2 B1G) at 4 p.m. Friday and No. 12 Northwestern (17-4, 10-0 B1G) at noon Sunday.

Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts, but will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center if there is inclement weather. Check the women’s tennis schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the team’s Twitter feed (@OhioState_WTEN) for location on match day.

The Illinois match will be played OUTDOORS.

Thank You Seniors
Prior to the match Sunday, Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed will be recognized for Senior Day.

The tandem has been a part of nearly 100 team wins, has three NCAA appearances (including quarterfinal and semifinal finishes) and was a part of two Big Ten regular season and two Big Ten Tournament titles.

Sanford, from Westerville, Ohio, and Olentangy Orange High School, is a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and ranks in the Top 10 in program history in career singles/doubles combined victories. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Sneed, a native of Prairie Village, Kansas, and a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, is in the Top 10 in program history in singles winning percentage and has 76 singles and 76 doubles wins as a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 12-6 on the year and 6-3 in Big Ten play. The team enters Friday on a three-match winning streak after road wins against Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes are 7-3 at home this spring.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with 13 dual match wins, all on court one. Freshman Shiori Fukuda and senior Olivia Sneed are tied for second with 12 dual match wins each, followed by sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Mary Beth Hurley with 10 apiece.

Fukuda and Sanford lead the squad with a 12-2 doubles record and each has a team-high 12 doubles wins. Freshman Emma DeCoste and Wolf are tied for third with 10 doubles victories each.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 31 as a team.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 12 Northwestern, No. 15 Illinois, No. 23 Michigan and No. 46 Nebraska.

In the singles rankings released this week, senior Anna Sanford is No. 56. In doubles, freshman Shiori Fukuda and Sanford are ranked 39th, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 62.

The Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois, ranked 15th nationally, is 19-3 overall this season and has an 8-2 record in Big Ten play, with its two league losses to Northwestern and Michigan. Three Illini are ranked in singles – No. 97 Jaclyn Switkes, No. 107 Mia Rabinowitz and No. 110 Asuka Kawai. In doubles, the tandem of Daniela Pedraza Novak and Sasha Belaya is No. 48.

The Buckeyes are 18-30 all-time vs. the Illini, with two wins last season. Ohio State won 7-0 in the regular season and 4-3 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, with both matches on the home courts of the Illini.

The Northwestern Wildcats
Northwestern, ranked No. 12, enters the weekend 17-4 overall and in first place in the Big Ten with a 10-0 record in league play. The squad plays at Penn State Friday before traveling to Columbus. Erin Larner (No. 39) and Maddie Lipp (No. 70) are both ranked in singles and the tandem is ranked fourth nationally in doubles. Alex Chatt and Lee Or are ranked 31st in doubles, with the duo of Or and Larner No. 70.

Ohio State is 9-37 all-time vs. the Wildcats but has won the last four matches. The teams met in Evanston last year, a 7-0 Buckeye victory.

On the Doubles Court
• Ohio State has combined for a 33-11 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in 15 of 18 matches. The Buckeyes are 5-2 when the doubles point has come down to a deciding court.
• The Buckeyes are 12-2 on court one, 9-4 on court two and 12-5 on court three this spring.
• The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked 39th, is 12-2 on the year, with a 6-1 mark in Big Ten matches. The team suffered its first loss in seven decisions at Purdue Sunday.
• At Purdue last week, the team of Mary Beth Hurley and Olivia Sneed clinched the doubles point. The tandem is now 7-4 in dual match play.
• Danielle Wolf and Maria Tyrina have played the last four matches together, with a 2-1 record. The team shut out its Purdue opponent last week.

In Singles
• Ohio State is 13-4 on court one, 13-3 on court two, 12-5 on court three and 11-5 on court six to lead the way this spring.
• Combined, the Buckeyes are 62-36 in dual match singles, with a 36-18 ledger in Big Ten matches.
• Anna Sanford enters the weekend 13-4 this spring and has won eight of her last 10 matches. Three of her four losses are in three sets.
• Shiori Fukuda, who is 12-3 in the spring on court two, has seven wins in the last eight outings. Sunday at Purdue, she prevailed in a third set tiebreaker for her second win of the weekend.
• Freshman Mary Beth Hurley is on a four-match winning streak, winning three of the four matches in straight sets. She is 10-7 in dual match play.
• Olivia Sneed is 12-5 in dual matches and has won five straight and eight of her last nine matches, with the loss in three sets. She rallied from a set down for a win at Purdue Sunday.
• Danielle Wolf has captured seven of her last nine outings, with three of the victories decided in a third set/super tiebreaker. Last week against the Boilermakers, she dropped the first set but then lost just one game in the final two sets combined.
• Sanford, Fukuda, Hurley and Sneed are all 7-2 in Big Ten matches this spring.

Tourney Time Up Next
The Big Ten Tournament is slated for next weekend, hosted by Minnesota in Minneapolis. Final seeding and the bracket will be announced by the conference Sunday following the conclusion of regular season play. Entering the weekend, Northwestern is in first place (10-0), followed by Michigan (9-1), Illinois (8-2), Ohio State (6-3), Michigan State (6-4) and Purdue, Minnesota and Nebraska (all 5-4) in the top half of the standings.