March 24, 2018

Buckeyes Set for Big Ten Match at Iowa


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (7-4, 1-1 B1G) travels for a Big Ten match at Iowa (9-7, 1-2 B1G) Sunday. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. ET in Iowa City. Both live scoring and live video are available for the match.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 7-4 on the year, with its last match action a sweep of a doubleheader vs. instate foes Dayton and Bowling Green March 13 in the Varsity Tennis Center. The team is 1-1 in Big Ten play, with a win at Penn State and a loss at home vs. Nebraska.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with eight dual match wins, all on court one. Freshman Shiori Fukuda and senior Olivia Sneed each have six victories, followed by sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Mary Beth Hurley with five each and freshman Emma DeCoste with four.

DeCoste, Fukuda and Sanford all have a team-high eight doubles wins, with Fukuda and Sanford pairing up for an 8-1 ledger this spring. The duo of sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste has six doubles victories.

Time Change
The Buckeyes’ match vs. Michigan Friday (March 30) in Columbus has been moved to a 4 p.m. start time. The match is slated to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 27.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 5 Northwestern, No. 7 Illinois, No. 29 Michigan and No. 38 Nebraska.

In the singles rankings released this week, freshman Shiori Fukuda is No. 86 and senior Olivia Sneed is No. 116. In doubles, Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford are ranked 29th, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 61 and the tandem of Sanford and Sneed No. 75.

The Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa is 9-7 this season, with a 1-2 mark in Big Ten play. The team fell at home to Wichita State, 5-2, Friday. In conference play, the Hawkeyes lost at Penn State and at home vs. Michigan before a 4-3 victory over Michigan State last Sunday in Iowa City.

Ohio State is 22-23 all-time vs. Iowa, with wins in the last four matches. The teams also met on the Hawkeyes’ home courts last season, a 7-0 Buckeye win.

On the Doubles Court
Ohio State has combined for a 20-6 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in nine of 11 matches.

The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked No. 29th, is 8-1 on the year.

Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf are 6-3 on the season and Danielle Wolf and Olivia Sneed are 3-2. DeCoste paired with Andrea Ballinger vs. Dayton and Mary Beth Hurley to post victories against Bowling Green and now shares the team doubles wins lead with eight this spring.

Last Time Out
Ohio State topped two instate opponents March 13 Varsity Tennis Center, posting a 6-1 win over Dayton and a 7-0 victory vs. Bowling Green.

The Buckeyes won the doubles point in both matches and combined for nine straight-set victories in singles, along with two wins in a super tiebreaker. The lone singles loss of the day was in a super tiebreaker.

Anna Sanford, Olivia Sneed and Mary Beth Hurley were all 2-0 in singles and added a doubles victory, while Andrea Ballinger and Emma DeCoste both posted two doubles victories and a singles win.

Di Lorenzo Receives Oracle US Tennis Award
Francesca Di Lorenzo, an All-American and NCAA Champion for the Buckeyes, is a recipient of an Oracle US Tennis Award.

Di Lorenzo will receive a $100,000 grant to help develop her tennis careers. She was selected by a six-member advisory council comprised of former tennis professionals and executives. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of college tennis, administers the grant.

Di Lorenzo turned professional in December after playing two years at Ohio State, where she won the 2017 NCAA women’s doubles title, was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and earned three All-America honors (two singles, one doubles). She was also an Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Di Lorenzo finished the 2017 collegiate season as the No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rankings. She currently has a UTR of 12.26 and is ranked No. 258 on the WTA tour.

Next Up
The Buckeyes have four regular season home matches remaining, beginning with two next weekend. The team will host Michigan at 4 p.m. March 30 and Michigan State at noon April 1.

Illinois comes to Columbus April 20 and senior day is vs. Northwestern April 22.

All remaining matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts. If inclement weather forces a match indoors, location information will be posted on and on the Buckeyes’ Twitter account (@OhioState_WTEN).