March 6, 2018

No. 19 Buckeyes Take on Nebraska Wednesday


March 6, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (5-3) returns home for a Big Ten match, as it hosts No. 29 Nebraska at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Varsity Tennis Center (880 W. Henderson Road). Admission is free. Live video and scoring of the match is available HERE.

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 5-3 on the year, with wins over Kansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Arizona State, along with a Big Ten win at Penn State. The team is coming off two losses in Texas last weekend, as it fell to Baylor and No. 18 Texas.

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

Fukuda and Sanford and Wolf and freshman Emma DeCoste both have six doubles victories, while the duo of freshman Mary Beth Hurley and Sneed has three wins.

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

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The ITA released its new rankings Tuesday and as team, Ohio State is slotted No. 19.

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

The most recent singles and doubles rankings were released Tuesday 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.

On Nebraska
No. 29-ranked Nebraska is 11-2 this season and opens its Big Ten schedule with its match vs. the Buckeyes. After losing ITA Kick-Off Weekend matches to Vanderbilt and Virginia in Nashville, the Huskers have won their last 11 matches, with all but two by shutout and all but one at home. The team posted 4-0 wins over UMKC and Illinois State last weekend.

The Buckeyes are 7-6 all-time against Nebraska, with a 5-2 mark since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. The teams faced off twice last season, a 7-0 sweep for Ohio State on the road in the regular season and a 4-0 Buckeye victory in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

On the Doubles Court
Ohio State has combined for a 15-4 doubles record this spring, winning the doubles point in seven of eight matches.

The duo of Shiori Fukuda and Anna Sanford, ranked No. 32, won its first six matches before an unfinished match last Friday and a loss Sunday.

Emma DeCoste and Danielle Wolf are 6-2 on the season, with a six-match winning streak ended last Sunday at Texas.

The duo of Mary Beth Hurley and Olivia Sneed is 3-1, with wins against both Baylor and Texas last weekend.

Next Up
Ohio State will host a doubleheader March 13 in the Varsity Tennis Center, taking on Dayton at noon and Bowling Green at 5 p.m.

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