COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team climbed to new heights in the most recent Campbell’s/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, earning a No. 17 ranking.

The Buckeyes moved up four spots from No. 21 last week to become the highest ranked squad in program history. The previous best of No. 19 was set during the 2000-01 season.

“This is the highest ranking in program history and I am very proud of this team,” Chuck Merzbacher, Ohio State head coach, said. “We have a challenging schedule ahead of us with many ranked teams on it, so we understand we’ll be in for many battles.”

Ohio State is one of 14 schools with both men’s and women’s teams ranked in the Top 25. The Scarlet and Gray men’s team is ranked No. 3 nationally.

Included in the list of upcoming matches featuring ranked opponents is seventh-ranked Notre Dame. The Buckeyes go on the road to face the Irish at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend, Ind.

The Scarlet and Gray then return home to Columbus for a doubleheader against Oregon and California University (Pa.) Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, in the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center.

Campbell’s/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll
Feb. 23, 2010
1. UNC
2. Northwestern
3. California
5. Baylor
6. Duke
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan
9. Florida
10. USC
11. Stanford
12. Clemson
13. Tennessee
14. Georgia Tech
15. Florida State
16. Georgia
17. Ohio State
18. Washington
19. Miami
20. Arkansas
21. SMU
22. DePaul
23. Indiana
24. Vanderbilt
25. Virginia