May 10, 2018

Buckeyes Set to Open NCAA Tournament


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s tennis team (14-8), making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, travels to Nashville for the first and second rounds, hosted by Vanderbilt.

The No. 28-ranked Buckeyes will take on No. 41 Clemson at noon ET Friday, followed by a 3 p.m. match between No. 2 Vanderbilt, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, and Alabama State. The winners will meet at 1 p.m. ET Saturday for a spot in the Round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Buckeyes in the NCAA Tourney
• Ohio State is making the fifth consecutive and 15th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
• Ohio State also traveled to Nashville for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, falling to Oklahoma in the first round, 4-3.
• Last season, Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, posted four wins to reach the semifinals for the first time in program history.
• The team’s first NCAA appearance was in 1996. The squad qualified six years in a row from 1999-04, had a three-year stretch from 2008-10 and began the most recent streak in 2014.
• Under head coach Melissa Schaub, the Buckeyes are 7-4 in NCAA play.
• Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed mark the fifth Buckeye senior class to participate in the NCAA Tournament all four years.

Buckeyes vs. Tigers
• 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.
• Marie Leduc is ranked No. 24 in singles and pairs with Fernanda Navarro to form the nation’s 21st-ranked doubles team. Leduc is 21-10 overall on the year and 12-7 in dual play on court one. The doubles team is 19-8 overall and 11-5 in dual matches.

The Buckeyes This Spring
• Ohio State wrapped up the regular season with a 13-7 mark and finished 7-4 is Big Ten play.
• The team was 1-1 at the Big Ten Tournament, topping Purdue in the quarterfinals, 4-1, before a 4-1 loss to No. 12 Northwestern in the semifinals.
• Seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed and freshman Shiori Fukuda share the team lead with 15 dual match wins each.
• Fukuda and Sanford lead the squad with a 13-4 doubles record in dual play and each has a team-high 13 doubles wins. Freshman Emma DeCoste and sophomore Danielle Wolf are tied for third with 11 doubles victories each.

B1G Honors for the Buckeyes
• Shiori Fukuda was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the third Buckeye honored in the last five years.
• Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford were both unanimously voted to the All-Big Ten Team.
• Sanford is just the third Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors each of her four years.
• Senior Olivia Sneed received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.

Sanford Selected for NCAA Singles Tourney
• Senior Anna Sanford earned an at-large spot in the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship.
• This is her first selection to the NCAA tournament after she was an alternate a season ago.
• Sanford is the fourth Buckeye to earn a spot in the national singles tourney, joining Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016, ’17), Monica Rincon (2002) and Kristy Dascoli (1998, ’99, ’00, ’01).
• Sanford and Miho Kowase were selected for the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship. The duo fell in the first round in a match tiebreaker.
• This season, Sanford is 21-10 overall and 15-4 in dual matches, all on court one. She is ranked 57th in singles and 51st in doubles with Shiori Fukuda.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
• In the most recent ITA rankings, Ohio State is No. 28 as a team.
• In the singles rankings, senior Anna Sanford is No. 57 and freshman Shiori Fukuda is No. 101.
• In doubles, Fukuda and Sanford are ranked 51st, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 60.

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State has combined for a 36-17 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in 16 of 22 matches.
• The Buckeyes are 5-3 when the doubles point has come down to a deciding court.
• Combined, the Buckeyes are 72-45 in dual match singles. Court two leads with 16 wins, following by courts one and three with 15 wins each.
• Shiori Fukuda has won her last five matches and is 8-1 in her last 10 matches. Her match in the B1G Tournament semifinals was unfinished, her first unfinished match in the last 14 team outings.
• Olivia Sneed is 8-2 in the last 10 matches, with a win in both Big Ten Tournament outings. She is 15-6 in dual matches.