Feb. 28, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated No. 24 Arizona State, 6-1, Sunday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 12-1 on the year, including 6-0 at home, while the Sun Devils fall to 6-3. Junior Ferny Angeles Paz and sophomore Olivia Sneed both were victorious in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes.

“I think today was a really good fight for us,” Melissa Schaub, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “It’s been a long weekend with a tough match at Penn State Friday night. I think we were definitely feeling it in the legs a little bit but we showed a lot of heart and character. We want our identity to be not based on our ranking but on how hard we compete and we showed that today. I’m really proud overall.”

The Buckeyes gained the 1-0 advantage going into singles after clinching the doubles point with victories on courts two and three. Juniors Miho Kowase and Gabriella De Santis posted the first two singles wins for the Buckeyes in straight sets. After losing the first set, sophomore Anna Sanford rallied on court two to secure the team victory for the Scarlet and Gray. Angeles Paz dropped the first set but came back to claim a victory on court five in a super tiebreak. Arizona State claimed court one in a super tiebreak. After battling from behind in both the first and third sets, Sneed came back to post a victory on court six. She trailed 5-0 in the third set but rallied and prevailed in a tiebreaker.

Next week, the Scarlet and Gray travel to Waco, Texas to take on No. 45 Baylor at noon ET Saturday.

In doubles, the tandem of junior Sandy Niehaus and Angeles Paz, ranked 32nd, defeated the Sun Devils’ pair of Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad, 6-3. The duo of freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and Sneed clinched the doubles point for the Buckeyes after posting a 7-5 victory over the tandem of Kassidy Jump and Gussie O’Sullivan. Play was retired on court one with Sanford and Kowase, ranked fourth nationally, trailing 6-5 against the No. 30 pair of Ebony Panoho and junior Alexandria Osborne.

In singles, Kowase notched the first Buckeye victory over Panoho on court three, 6-2, 6-4. Santis posted the second win for Ohio State against Vald on court four, 6-2, 6-4. After dropping the first set, Sanford came back and defeated Jump on court two, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to secure the Ohio State victory.

After losing the first set, Angeles Paz came back to post a win over O’Sullivan on court five, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2). On court one, after losing the first set in a tiebreaker against No. 36 Desirae Krawczyk, Di Lorenzo won the second set 6-3 to send the match to a super tiebreaker but the Sun Devil prevailed, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 0-1 (3). After falling behind in both the first and third sets, No. 102 Sneed battled back to defeat Alexandria Osborne on court six, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (3). The Buckeye came back from a 5-0 deficit in the third set.

Angeles Paz and Sneed both improved to 11-1 this spring with their victories, with Kowase now 9-1. The doubles tandem of Sneed and Di Lorenzo is 11-0 in dual matches.

Arizona State vs Ohio State
Feb 28, 2016 at Columbus
(Varsity Tennis Center)

#2 Ohio State 6, #24 Arizona State 1

Singles competition
1. #36 Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
2. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Kassidy Jump (ASU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Ebony Panoho (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)
6. #102 Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Alexandria Osborne (ASU) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)

Doubles competition
1. #4 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. #30 Ebony Panoho/Alexandria Osborne (ASU) 5-6, unfinished
2. #32 Sandy Niehaus/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad (ASU) 6-3
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Kassidy Jump/Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) 7-5

Match Notes:
Arizona State 6-3; National ranking #24
Ohio State 12-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,2,5,1,6)
Official: Jerry Banks T-3:19 A-214