April 12, 2018

Buckeyes Set for Matches at Indiana and Purdue


April 12, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (10-6, 4-3 B1G) will take on Indiana and Purdue on the road this weekend. The No. 35 Buckeyes will face the Hoosiers (15-8, 2-5 B1G) at 4 p.m. Friday and No. 50 Purdue (11-8, 4-3 B1G) at noon Sunday.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 10-6 on the year and 4-3 in Big Ten play. The team was on the road last weekend as well, falling to Minnesota 4-3 before a 5-2 win at Wisconsin. In their other Big Ten matches this spring, the Buckeyes have wins over Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State and losses to Michigan and Nebraska.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with 12 dual match wins, all on court one. Freshman Shiori Fukuda and senior Olivia Sneed are tied for second with 10 dual match wins each.

Fukuda and Sanford lead the squad with an 11-1 doubles record. Freshman Emma DeCoste is third with 10 doubles victories, followed by sophomore Danielle Wolf with nine.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 35 as a team.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 12 Northwestern, No. 14 Illinois, No. 24 Michigan, No. 46 Nebraska and No. 50 Purdue.

In the singles rankings released this week, senior Anna Sanford is No. 54, with freshman Shiori Fukuda No. 105 and senior Olivia Sneed No. 119. In doubles, Fukuda and Sanford are ranked 30th, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 70.

The Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana is 15-8 overall this spring and has a 2-5 ledger in Big Ten play, with wins over Minnesota and Iowa and losses to Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue.

The Buckeyes are 13-32 all-time vs. Indiana, with wins in the last four matches. Last year, Ohio State posted a 7-0 victory over the Hoosiers in Columbus. Ohio State won 4-0 at Indiana in 2016.

The Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue, ranked 50th, is 11-8 this spring, with a 4-3 conference ledger. The Boilermakers host Penn State Friday prior to the match vs. the Buckeyes Sunday. In league play, Purdue has wins over Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana and losses to Northwestern, Illinois and Michigan.

Ohio State is 28-23 all-time vs. Purdue, including 4-0 wins the last two seasons.

On the Doubles Court
• Ohio State has combined for a 29-10 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in 13 of 16 matches.
• The Buckeyes are 11-1 on court one, 7-4 on court two and 11-5 on court three this spring.
• The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked 30th, is 11-1 on the year. The duo rallied from down 2-5 to win in a tiebreaker at Wisconsin last week to clinch the doubles point.
• Maria Tyrina played in her first doubles dual matches as a Buckeye last weekend, going 1-1 with Danielle Wolf.

In Singles
• Ohio State is 12-3 on court one, 11-3 on court two, 10-5 on court three and 9-5 on court six to lead the way this spring.
• Combined, the Buckeyes are 53-33 in dual match singles, with a 27-15 ledger in Big Ten matches.
• Anna Sanford enters the weekend 12-3 this spring and has won seven of her last eight matches. Ten of her 12 victories have come in straight sets.
• Shiori Fukuda, who is 10-3 in the spring, had a five-match winning streak end vs. Wisconsin Sunday.
• Olivia Sneed is 10-5 in dual matches and has won three straight and six of her last seven matches, with the loss in three sets.
• Danielle Wolf has captured five of her last seven outings, with two of the victories decided in a third set/super tiebreaker.

Looking Ahead
The Buckeyes will end the regular season with two home matches next weekend. No. 14 Illinois comes to Columbus at 4 p.m. Friday, April 20 and senior day is set for noon Sunday, April 22 when the Buckeyes host No. 12 Northwestern. 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.