March 1, 2018

No. 11 Buckeyes Head to Texas for Two Matches


March 1, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (5-1) hits the road for two nonconference matches this weekend, taking on No. 47 Baylor at 6 p.m. ET Friday and No. 18 Texas at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Ohio State at Baylor: Live video | Live scoring
Ohio State at Texas: Live scoring (if match is outdoors)

Before the Buckeyes headed to Texas for two matches this weekend, senior Olivia Sneed talked about this year’s team and the road trip. #GoBucks

— Ohio State W Tennis (@OhioState_WTEN) March 1, 2018

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 5-1 on the year, with wins over Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Arizona State, along with a Big Ten win at Penn State. Five of the Buckeyes’ first six matches were in Columbus.

Senior Anna Sanford and freshman Shiori Fukuda lead the team with five dual match wins each, while senior Olivia Sneed has four wins and sophomore Danielle Wolf has posted three victories

Fukuda and Sanford have posted a doubles win in all six Buckeye matches this season, while the duo of freshman Emma DeCoste and Wolf is 5-1 with wins in five straight matches.

Ohio State has won the doubles point in all six matches.

Overall in singles, the Buckeyes are 21-10, while they have combined for a 12-2 mark in doubles.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The ITA released its new rankings Tuesday and as team, Ohio State is slotted No. 11, moving up from No. 14.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 30 are No. 5 Illinois, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 25 Michigan and No. 29 Nebraska.

The most recent singles and doubles rankings were a week ago. Redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda is No. 64 and senior Olivia Sneed is No. 72. Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford are the 15th-ranked doubles team, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 44 and the tandem of Sanford and Sneed No. 50.

In the USTA poll released Wednesday, the Buckeyes remained at No. 18.

The Buckeye Opponents
• Baylor, ranked 47th this week, is 4-6 on the year. Last weekend, the team fell 4-3 at Oregon and posted a 4-1 win at Washington. The squad is 3-3 in home matches.
• Ohio State is 3-2 all-time vs. Baylor, including a 4-0 win in Columbus last season and a 4-0 road win March 3, 2016. In the match last season, current Buckeye senior Anna Sanford won on court two vs. the Bears. In the 2016 match, current senior Olivia Sneed picked up singles and doubles wins. Sanford was part of a doubles victory and her singles match was unfinished.

• The Longhorns are 7-4 this season and coming off a 4-2 win over Stanford last weekend. Texas is ranked No. 18 in the latest ITA poll. The squad is 4-0 at home on the year.
• In the ITA rankings, Bianca Turati is ranked fourth nationally after holding the No. 1 spot earlier this season, while Anna Turati is No. 39 and Petra Granic is No. 54.
• Ohio State and Texas have met just once, a 4-1 Ohio State win April 4, 2015 on the road. In that match, current Buckeye seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed, then freshmen, paired up to win a doubles match. Sanford won in singles and Sneed’s match was suspended.
• In the fall, Ohio State and Texas were two of the teams that competed in the Debbie Southern Fall Classic hosted by Furman.

Last Time Out
Ohio State posted two wins last week, opening Big Ten play on the road at Penn State with a 7-0 win and then topping Arizona State in Columbus, 4-3.

Against the Nittany Lions, Ohio State won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. The indoor facility at Penn State has four courts, so the matches on courts two, four, five and six were on first, followed by courts one and three. Ohio State won in straight sets in all six singles matches. Senior Anna Sanford, sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshmen Shiori Fukuda and Emma DeCoste all posted singles and doubles wins for the Buckeyes.

In the home match vs. the Sun Devils, the Buckeyes clinched the doubles point with wins on courts one and three by the duos of Sanford/Fukuda and Emma DeCoste/Danielle Wolf. Freshman Shiori Fukuda won the first singles match for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. The Sun Devils won the next two matches to deadlock the score and the teams traded victories, with senior Anna Sanford prevailing for Ohio State, for a 3-3 match. It came down to court three, where Buckeye senior Olivia Sneed rallied from a set down to win and clinch the team victory.

Looking Ahead
Ohio State returns home for a Big Ten match vs. Nebraska at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The team will then be off until it hosts a double header vs. Dayton at noon and Bowling Green at 5 p.m. March 13. All three matches will be in the Varsity Tennis Center and admission is free.