March 12, 2018

No. 19 Buckeyes Host Doubleheader Tuesday


March 12, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (5-4) plays host to two instate foes Tuesday in the Varsity Tennis Center (880 W. Henderson Road). At noon, the Buckeyes will take on Dayton, followed by a 5 p.m. match vs. Bowling Green. Admission is free. Live video and scoring of the matches is available HERE.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 5-4 on the year, with nonconference wins over Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Arizona State. The team is 1-1 in Big Ten play, with a win at Penn State and a loss at home vs. Nebraska last Thursday in the last match.

Senior Anna Sanford is first on the squad with six dual match wins, followed by freshman Shiori Fukuda with five and senior Olivia Sneed with four.

Fukuda and Sanford are first with seven doubles victories each, pairing up for a 7-1 ledger this spring. The duo of sophomore Danielle Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste has six doubles victories.

Ohio State has won the doubles point in seven of nine matches this spring.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The most recent ITA rankings were released last Tuesday, with Ohio State slotted No. 19.

Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 were No. 6 Illinois, No. 8 Northwestern, No. 29 Nebraska and No. 37 Michigan.

The most recent singles and doubles rankings were released last week as well. Redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda is No. 61, senior Olivia Sneed is No. 103 and senior Anna Sanford is No. 123. Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford are ranked 32nd, with Fukuda and classmate Maria Tyrina No. 55 and the tandem of Sanford and Sneed No. 73.

The Buckeye Opponents
Bowling Green
Bowling Green is 6-4 on the year and coming off a 5-2 loss at Azusa Pacific in California Thursday in its last time out. The match vs. the Buckeyes closes out a stretch of seven straight matches on the road.

The Buckeyes are 26-0 all-time against Bowling Green, with the last match a 7-0 win in Columbus to open the 2017 campaign. The series began April 20, 1974, a 9-0 Ohio State win.

Dayton is 11-5 this season and enters the match Tuesday on a six-match winning streak. The squad last played Sunday, posting a 7-0 win over La Salle.

The Buckeyes are 4-0 against the Flyers. The teams met in Columbus March 31, 2017, a 7-0 Ohio State win. The other matches were in 2002, 2012 and 2016.

On the Doubles Court
Ohio State has combined for a 16-6 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in seven of nine matches.

The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked No. 32, won its first six matches before an unfinished match ended that run. The team rebounded from its first loss of the season (at Texas) with a win against Nebraska

Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf are 6-3 on the season, including a six-match winning streak.

The duo of Mary Beth Hurley and Olivia Sneed is 3-2, with wins in two of the last three matches. The loss was in a tiebreaker against Nebraska last week.

Last Time Out
Ohio State hosted No. 27 Nebraska last Thursday, falling 4-3 to move to 1-1 in Big Ten play this season. Both singles and doubles came down to a final court. Nebraska posted the first doubles win, followed by a victory by the Ohio State tandem of Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda. The Cornhuskers prevailed in a tiebreaker on court two for the doubles point and 1-0 lead.

In singles, Sanford dropped just two games in each set to tie the team score at one. The Huskers answered with a win on court five. Buckeye freshmen Emma DeCoste and Mary Beth Hurley posted straight-set wins on courts four and six, respectively, to push the Buckeyes ahead. Nebraska won the final two matches, winning in straight sets on court three and then clinching the win with a three-set victory.

Next Up
Ohio State closes the regular season with nine Big Ten matches, starting at Iowa March 25.

Upcoming home matches include Michigan March 30, Michigan State April 1, Illinois April 20 and Northwestern April 22.