May 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team has received an at-large berth into the 2018 NCAA Championship. The No. 28-ranked Buckeyes will travel to Nashville and take on No. 40 Clemson in the first round at noon ET May 11. Host Vanderbilt, the No. 1 overall seed, will face Alabama State in the other first round matchup at 3 p.m. ET May 11. The first round winners will meet for a spot in the Round of 16 at 1 p.m. ET May 12.
“This is always an exciting time of year,” Melissa Schaub, Buckeye head coach, said. “Everyone is good and we are excited to play more tennis. We have a little time to get ready and we will get to work right away.”
The selection marks Ohio State’s fifth-straight trip to the NCAA tournament and the 15th appearance for the program overall. The squad reached the semifinals for the first time last season after a quarterfinal appearance in 2016.
The Buckeyes are 14-8 overall this season and finished Big Ten play with a 7-4 ledger, reaching the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last weekend. Seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneedand freshman Shiori Fukuda share the team lead with 15 dual match wins each. Sanford and Fukuda make up the nation’s 33rd-ranked doubles tandem and are 13-4 this spring.
The Buckeyes are 0-1 all-time vs. Clemson, with the only meeting an 8-1 Tiger win in the AIAW National Tournament in 1978. Clemson is 13-13 this season and was 6-8 in ACC play, falling to NC State in the second round of the league tournament last week.
This is the second time Ohio State will play in the NCAA Tournament in Nashville. In 2015, the Buckeyes fell to Oklahoma, 4-3, on Vanderbilt’s home courts.