January 18, 2018

Buckeyes Set for Miami Invitational


Jan. 18, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team heads to Florida for the Miami Spring Invite this weekend in Coral Gables. Live scoring for the tournament, which also includes the host No. 19 Hurricanes, No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 21 Kentucky, is available HERE.

The tournament is a hidden dual format. Doubles play starts each day at 9 a.m., with singles at 9:45 a.m.

In doubles, Ohio State will take on Kentucky Friday, Vanderbilt Saturday and Miami Sunday. The Buckeyes’ singles matchups include Miami Friday, Kentucky Saturday and Vanderbilt Sunday.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
Redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda was ranked in the most recent ITA Rankings, coming in at No.80. She and classmate Maria Tyrina were slotted 30th in the doubles rankings. The senior duo of Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed was No. 49 in the rankings. New individual rankings will be released Feb. 7.

As a team, Ohio State started the year No. 13 in the first poll of 2018 and maintained its spot in the rankings released Tuesday.

Last Time Out
Ohio State opened its spring slate at the Michigan Invitational. Junior Andrea Ballinger, redshirt sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste represented the Buckeyes in the hidden dual tournament. Ballinger led the Buckeyes with three singles victories over the weekend.

Buckeye Newcomers
Three new faces are on the Ohio State roster this year. Mary Beth Hurley joined the squad in the fall, while Emma DeCoste and Hannah Cseplo were added to the roster following fall semester. Hurley is a native of Novi, Michigan, while DeCoste hails from Stuart, Florida and Cseplo is from Concord, Ohio.

Hurley posted her first collegiate win at the Furman Debbie Southern Fall Classic in September and DeCoste notched her first victory as a Buckeye last week at the Michigan Invitational.

Shiori Fukuda and Maria Tyrina both redshirted last spring after joining the team prior to spring semester and notched their first collegiate wins in the Furman tournament. Danielle Wolf, who started her career at Indiana before coming to Ohio State in Fall 2016, was a redshirt last year. She posted her first win for the Scarlet and Gray at Furman.

Schedule Change
The Buckeyes’ home match vs. Kentucky has been pushed back a day and will now be played at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Varsity Tennis Center.

Looking Ahead
The first dual matches for the Buckeyes will be in Columbus Jan. 26-27 when Ohio State hosts ITA Kickoff Weekend matches. The Buckeyes will face Kansas in the first round, with No. 18 Arkansas taking on Wake Forest. The winners and losers will meet on day two, with the site winner advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wis. Admission is free to all matches, which will be held in the Varsity Tennis Center.