March 5, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State women’s tennis team recorded its sixth win in a row to improve to 13-1 this season, downing No. 46 Baylor on the road, 4-0, Saturday in Waco, Texas. Freshman Francesca Di Loreonzo and sophomore Olivia Sneed both won in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes, while junior Gabriella De Santis clinched the team win with a singles victory. The No. 4-ranked doubles tandem of junior Miho Kowase and sophomore Anna Sanford downed the Bears’ No. 15-ranked team to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State returns home to host a doubleheader vs. Dayton and Cincinnati Wednesday. The matches are set for 2 and 6 p.m., respectively, inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free. The team will then play at Miami March 16.
“It was really good to get outside today,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. We are continuing to fight hard and I am really proud of the group as a whole. We were tested today but Anna and Miho came up big in the doubles and Francesca, Gaby and Olivia were able to close it out in singles.”
Ohio State claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The teams split the first two matches off the court, both by 6-3 scores. Di Lorenzo and Sneed won at No. 3 over Rhiann Newborn and Gabriela Ferreira to stay undefeated this spring (12-0). On court two, Elizabeth Profit and Theresa Van Zyl topped the Buckeyes’ No. 32-ranked tandem of Angeles Paz and junior Sandy Niehaus.
Doubles came down to court one between No. 4-ranked Sanford and Kowase of Ohio State and No. 15-ranked Kiah Generette and Blair Shankle of Baylor. The Buckeye duo broke to get back on serve at five all and each team held to send the match to a tiebreak. The Buckeyes took an early 2-0 lead before Baylor rattled off four straight points, and five of the next six, to go ahead 5-3. The Buckeyes then claimed the next three points for a 6-5 advantage but double faulted the next two points to give Baylor match point (7-6). The teams split the next two points for an 8-7 Bear advantage. Ohio State saved the next match point and then won the next two to clinch the tiebreaker, 10-8.
In singles, No. 1-ranked Di Lorenzo was first off the court, defeating Newborn, 6-2, 6-2, on court one. Sneed won eight of the last nine games to defeat Ferreira on court six, coming from behind for a 6-4, 6-1, victory. Sneed is 12-1 this spring, with Di Lorenzo 10-2.
On court four, De Santis needed a tiebreaker to win the first set, 7-6 (1). After controlling the tiebreaker she rolled through the second set without dropping a game to clinch the Buckeyes’ win.
The matches on courts two, three and five were unfinished.
Ohio State University vs Baylor
Mar 05, 2016 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)
#1 Ohio State University 4, #46 Baylor 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Rhiann Newborn (BU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Kiah Generette (BU) vs. Anna Sanford (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, unfinished
3. Blair Shankle (BU) vs. Miho Kowase (OSU) 5-7, 5-2, unfinished
4. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Karina Traxler (BU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
5. Theresa Van Zyl (BU) vs. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished
6. #102 Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Gabriela Ferreira (BU) 6-4, 6-1
1. #4 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #15 Kiah Generette/Blair Shankle (BU) 7-6 (10-8)
2. Elizabeth Profit/Theresa Van Zyl (BU) def. #32 Ferny Angeles Paz/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) 6-3
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Rhiann Newborn/Gabriela Ferreira (BU) 6-3
Ohio State University 13-1; National ranking #1
Baylor 4-9; National ranking #46
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,4)