January 18, 2017

Buckeyes Open Season with Two Matches Friday inside VTC


Jan. 18, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team opens its spring season with two matches inside the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road) Friday. The Buckeyes will take on Bowling Green at 10 a.m. and will face Wright State at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are FREE to all Buckeye regular season home matches.

Live scoring and video will be available for each match through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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Up Next
Ohio State will host ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time. The Buckeyes will face Florida State in round one at 10 a.m. Jan. 28, with Alabama and Harvard meeting in the other first round match at 1 p.m. The championship match is slated for noon Jan. 29, with the consolation set for 4 p.m. The winner of each of the 15 four-team brackets around the nation claims a spot in the ITA Team Indoor Championship. Ohio State advanced to the indoor championship for the second time in program history last season, reaching the semifinals.

In the Rankings
In the first Oracle/ITA rankings of 2017, Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo was ranked first after being third in the fall rankings. Junior Anna Sanford checked in at No. 41, jumping 27 spots from her fall rank of No. 68. Senior Miho Kowase and junior Olivia Sneed were No. 59 and No. 88, respectively. In doubles, the tandem of Kowase and Sanford was slotted at No. 42.

The second set of team rankings was released Wednesday, with Ohio State remaining seventh. The Buckeyes are ranked the highest among the Big Ten programs, with No. 14 Michigan joining them in the Top 15.

Buckeyes vs. the Falcons and Raiders
Ohio State is 25-0 all-time vs. Bowling Green, with the most recent match a 7-0 Buckeye victory Jan. 16, 2016. The series began April 20, 1974, a 9-0 Buckeye win.

The Buckeyes and Wright State have just met three times. The last match was a 7-0 Ohio State win April 6, 2014. The Buckeyes have topped the Raiders in all three matchups.

Scouting Bowling Green and Wright State
Bowling Green opens its spring season this weekend against Ohio State after competing in four invitationals in the fall. The Falcons went 2-19 last season claiming victories over Detroit Mercy and South Dakota. Bowling Green returns five players from last season and welcomes three freshmen to the squad.

Wright State opened its home season last weekend with a 6-1 victory at home vs. Saint Francis. The Raiders went 20-9 last season, including an 8-5 mark on the road. Wright State returns nine players from last season and adds one freshman to the team.

Fall Flashback
After a strong fall season, the Buckeyes are looking to continue their momentum into the spring. Francesca Di Lorenzo led the team going undefeated with 10 singles wins in the fall campaign, while the duo of seniors Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz both notched eight singles wins in the fall slate.

The senior tandem of Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus led the team in doubles with a 5-2 record as a pair. Niehuas posted seven doubles wins in the fall campaign leading the squad, while Paz and De Santis each notched five.

Di Lorenzo Claims Two ITA Titles in the Fall
In the fall, sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships trophy and defended her USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships title in the fall. They are the first ITA national championships in Buckeye women’s tennis history.

Coach Schaub and Di Lorenzo Win Gold Medal
Buckeye head coach Melissa Schaub and Francesca Di Lorenzo were part of the Team USA squad that won the Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France, in early December. It was the sixth consecutive win in the international collegiate team competition for the United States and the seventh title in the last eight years.

Team USA defeated Russia in the final, 4-1, after wins over Germany (5-2) in the semifinals and Ireland, (6-1) in the quarterfinals. Each team match consisted of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match.