January 26, 2018

No. 14 Buckeyes Prevail over Kansas in ITA Kick-Off Match, 4-1


Jan. 26, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of a match between Wake Forest and No. 18 Arkansas at 4 p.m. Saturday with a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on the line. The match opened dual play for the Buckeyes.

Against the Jayhawks, the Buckeyes won the doubles point and picked up three singles wins to secure the victory. Seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed and redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda all won in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes, with freshman Mary Beth Hurley partnering in doubles. Ohio State won on courts one and two in doubles and on courts one through three in singles, with Sneed coming back from a set down to clinch the team victory.

“We have really been talking about toughness and being gritty and we are going to have to do that this year,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “We are young but we will fight hard.” Ohio State captured the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. On court two, the pair of Sneed and Hurley defeated the Jayhawk tandem of Janet Koch and Maria Toran Ribes, 6-1. The match on court three with the Buckeye duo of redshirt sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste fell short to the Kansas pair of Despoina Vogasari and Anastasia Rychagova, 6-4. The doubles point came down to court one, with the tandem of Sanford and Fukuda topping the Kansas team of Nina Khmelnitckaia and Tatiana Nikolaeva, 6-4, to put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0.

After today's 4-1 win over Kansas in #ITAKickoff, Coach Schaub talked about the match. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/14uZRENkBW

— Ohio State W Tennis (@OhioState_WTEN) January 26, 2018

Kansas tied the match with a straight set singles win on court four. Ohio State won the next three matches off the court for the win.

Fukuda posted the first singles victory for Ohio State over Janet Koch on court two, 6-1, 6-4, for a 2-1 lead. On court one, Sanford won the first set before dropping the second against Vogasari. Sanford shut out the Jayhawk in the third set, winning the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. On court three, Sneed rallied for the victory over Nina Khmelnitckaia. The Buckeye dropped the first set, 6-1, won the second in a tiebreaker (with a shutout in the tiebreaker) and won the third set, 6-3.

On courts five and six, Wolf and DeCoste were both in the third set when the Buckeyes clinched the team win and play was called. In the final set, DeCoste was ahead 5-3 and Wolfe was serving at 5-all.

The dual match singles win was the first for Fukuda, while Fukuda and Hurley posted their first collegiate dual match doubles wins.

Kansas vs Ohio State
Jan 26, 2018 at Columbus, Ohio
(OSU Varsity Tennis Center)

#14 Ohio State 4, Kansas 1

Singles competition
1. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Despoina Vogasari (KANSAS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Janet Koch (KANSAS) 6-1, 6-4
3. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Nina Khmelnitchaia (KANSAS) 1-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
4. Maria Toran Ribes (KANSAS) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Danielle Wolf (OSU) vs. Tatiana Nikolaeva (KANSAS) 2-6, 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
6. Emma DeCoste (OSU) vs. Carla Pons Martorell (KANSAS) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 5-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Nina Khmelnitchaia/Tatiana Nikolaeva (KANSAS) 6-4
2. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Janet Koch/Maria Toran Ribes (KANSAS) 6-1
3. Despoina Vogasari/Anastasia Rychagova (KANSAS) def. Danielle Wolf/Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-4

Match Notes: Kansas 0-2 Ohio State 1-0; National ranking #14 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,1,3) Official: Jeri Banks