April 7, 2017
COLUMUBUS, Ohio – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Iowa, 7-0, Friday in Iowa City. The Buckeyes, who posted their 13th shutout of the season and third in a row, improve to 20-2 and 6-0 in Big Ten play, while the Hawkeyes fall to 13-6 and 3-4 in conference play.
The victory Friday marked Ohio State head coach Melissa Schaub’s 100th win at the helm of the Buckeyes. Schaub is the third Buckeye head coach to post at least 100 wins, joining LeeAnn Massucci (123) and Chuck Merzbacher (224).
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“Iowa fought really hard tonight and they are playing well,” Schaub said. “We need to start better in doubles and will look to do that Sunday. Overall, it was great it get a night match in outside and I think we are playing some good tennis.”
The Buckeyes gained the 1-0 advantage going into singles after clinching the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, Anna Sanford, Miho Kowase, Ferny Angeles Paz and Sandy Niehaus all posted straight set singles wins to secure the shutout.
The pair of junior Anna Sanford and senior Ferny Angeles Paz picked up the first doubles victory for the Buckeyes after downing Montana Crawford and Anastasia Reimchen on court three, 6-1. The Hawkeye duo of Zoe Douglas and Kristen Thoms answered by topping the No. 39-ranked senior tandem of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis, 6-3, on court two. After battling through a close set, the No. 22-ranked pair of sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase defeated Elise Van Heuvelen and Adorabol Huckleby in a tiebreaker on court one to clinch the doubles point.
In singles, No. 74 Sanford notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Reimchen on court three to put the Scarlet and Gray ahead 2-0. On court four, No. 86 Kowase posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Crawford, marking her 17th win in a row and career win No. 102. No. 75-ranked Niehaus topped Huckleby 6-3, 6-1 on court six, her 11th consecutive win, to secure the team victory.
Angeles Paz followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Thoms on court five shortly afterwards. On court two, No. 93 De Santis claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Douglas. No. 1 Di Lorenzo beat Van Heuvelen, 6-3, 6-4, on court one (her 11th straight win) to complete the singles sweep.
Kowase leads the Buckeyes with a 17-0 ledger this spring, while Di Lorenzo, Angeles Paz and Niehaus are all 16-1 in dual matches.
Up next, the squad will head to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Ohio State vs Iowa
Apr 07, 2017 at Iowa City, Iowa
#3 Ohio State 7, Iowa 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Elise Van Heuvelen (IOWA) 6-3, 6-4
2. #93 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Zoe Douglas (IOWA) 6-2, 6-4
3. #74 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-2, 6-1
4. #86 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Montana Crawford (IOWA) 6-0, 6-3
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Kristen Thoms (IOWA) 6-2, 6-1
6. #75 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA) 6-3, 6-1
1. #22 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Elise Van Heuvelen/Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA) 7-6
2. Zoe Douglas/Kristen Thoms (IOWA) def. #39 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) 6-3
3. Anna Sanford/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Montana Crawford/Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-1
Ohio State 20-2 (6-0); National ranking #3
Iowa 13-6 (3-4 B1G)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,6,5,2,1)