May 24, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State women’s tennis sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo, the nation’s No. 1-ranked player all spring, is the No. 1 seed in the 2017 NCAA Singles Championship. Di Lorenzo opens play vs. Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine at 3 p.m. Wednesday. One round will be played each day of the 64-player bracket, with the final slated for Monday. (Singles bracket)
Doubles play gets underway Thursday. Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase, an at-large selection into the 32-team tournament, will face Georgia’s Caroline Brinson and Ellen Perez, a 5-8 seed, in the opening round. A time has not yet been announced. One round will be played each day, with the final set for Monday. (Doubles bracket)
Live video and scoring is available throughout the championship on Tournament Central.
Di Lorenzo, a sophomore from New Albany, Ohio, who won two ITA titles in the fall and has three in her career, is 37-1 overall this year and was 27-1 on court one in dual matches. The Big Ten Player of the Year for the second straight year, she enters the NCAA singles championship on a 22-match winning streak and with an 18-1 mark vs. ranked players this year.
Kowase, a senior from Tokyo, Japan, and Di Lorenzo form the nation’s 18th-ranked doubles team. The tandem was 18-1 in dual matches and is on a 14-match winning streak.
By virtue of being a Top 8 seed, Di Lorenzo earns All-America status. She is the first two-time All-American in Buckeye women’s tennis history.
Di Lorenzo reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship as the No. 3 seed last year. Kowase competed in the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship with Anna Sanford, falling in the opening round.