Jan. 31, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a matchup of two Top 20 Big Ten Conference teams, No. 16 Ohio State posted a 4-2 win at No. 12 Michigan Sunday in Ann Arbor. The match between the Buckeyes (5-0) and Wolverines (2-1) was a nonconference contest, as the teams are not on the 11-match conference regular season schedule this season.

Against the Wolverines, Ohio State won the doubles point to carry a 1-0 lead into singles. Sophomore Olivia Sneed put the Buckeyes up 2-0 with a straight set win, dropping just four games. The Wolverines got on the board with a win on court two, but junior Miho Kowase answered with a straight set win at No. 4 for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. The Wolverines again drew within one (3-2) with a win on court three, winning both sets in a tiebreaker. Buckeye freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo then clinched the team win, digging out of an early hole, and a deficit in the first set tiebreaker, for a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory on court one.

“This was a big win for our program for sure,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “I have so much respect for Michigan and it was a very hard fought match. For Francesca to step up in that atmosphere and clinch the match says a lot about her heart and mental toughness. We came to play and getting the doubles point was huge. Now we need to focus and get ready for a tough weekend ahead of us at national indoors.”

Next up, Ohio State will travel to Madison, Wis., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 5-8.

In doubles, Buckeye juniors Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz posted the first win, topping Ronit Yurovsky and Alex Najarian, 6-2, on court three. Sneed and Di Lorenzo clichéd the doubles point with a 6-3 win over Kate Fahey and Sara Remynse on court two. The match on court one was abandoned with the teams tied at five.

Sneed was quickly off the court, downing Remynse on court six, 6-3, 6-1, for a 2-0 Buckeye advantage. No. 19-ranked Brienne Minor put the Wolverines on the board with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over De Santis on court two. Kowase answered for the Buckeyes, as she won over Ruder-Hook, 7-5, 6-4, breaking for the win in the second set at No. 4. On court three, No. 107-ranked Fahey won two tiebreakers for a victory over junior Anna Sanford, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), making the score 3-2 in favor of the Buckeyes.

On court one, No. 2-ranked Di Lorenzo was down 3-0 to No. 17-ranked Yurovsky but rallied to win the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7), pulling out of a deficit in the tiebreaker as well. In the second set, Di Lorenzo broke with Yurovsky serving at 4-5 for a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory to clinch the Buckeye win.

The match on court five between Angeles Paz and Najarian was abandoned after the Buckeyes clinched the match. The Buckeye and Wolverine had split the first two sets and were five games into the third.

The Buckeyes’ win over the Wolverines ended a 16-game losing streak for Ohio State against Michigan and was the Buckeyes’ first win over UM since Feb. 16, 2003.

Ohio State vs Michigan
Jan 31, 2016 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
(Varsity Tennis Center)

#16 Ohio State 4, #12 Michigan 2

Singles competition
1. #2 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. #17 Ronit Yurovsky (UM) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
2. #19 Brienne Minor (UM) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. #107 Kate Fahey (UM) def. Anna Sanford (OSU) 7-6 (2-7), 7-6 (2-7)
4. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Mira Ruder-Hook (UM) 7-5, 6-4
5. Alex Najarian (UM) vs. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) 3-6, 7-5, 2-3, unfinished
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Sara Remynse (UM) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Brienne Minor/Mira Ruder-Hook (UM) vs. #6 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Ronit Yurovsky/Alex Najarian (UM) 6-2
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Kate Fahey/Sara Remynse (UM) 6-3

Match Notes:
Ohio State 5-0 (0-0 B1G); National ranking #16
Michigan 2-1 (0-0 B1G); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,2,4,3,1)
Non-Conference match