April 28, 2017

No. 4 Buckeyes Advance to B1G Tournament Semifinals


April 28, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team posted its 12th win in a row, topping Nebraska, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday morning in Urbana, Ill. Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, improves to 26-2 this year.

The Buckeyes will face No. 4 seed Illinois in the semifinals at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. The squad topped the Illini on the road in the regular season, 7-0. Illinois defeated No. 5 seed and No. 47-ranked Maryland in the quarterfinals, 4-2.

“We had to move inside on three courts and that’s not always easy,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “The first postseason match always presents some different experiences. We handled ourselves well and got the win. Francesca played a solid match to get off the court first and Gaby and Ferny followed. Tomorrow will be a tough match and we need to be ready.”

Weather forced the matches indoors at the start of doubles. With only three courts available for the two 11 a.m. quarterfinal matches, there was a blind draw to select which singles courts would be played first. The draw selected Nos. 1, 3 and 6 would play, followed by No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5. Ohio State gained the 1-0 advantage going into singles with wins on courts two and three. Di Lorenzo, De Santis and Angeles Paz all posted straight set singles wins to secure the team victory over the Cornhuskers.

In doubles, the pair of junior Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus was the first off the court after posting a 6-2 win against Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad on court two. The senior duo of De Santis and Angeles Paz notched a 6-2 on court three over Vasanti Shinde and M’Balia Bangoura to clinch the doubles point. On court one, the No. 19-ranked tandem of Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase was leading Mary Hanna and Paula Del Cueto Castillo 4-2 when play was suspended.

Di Lorenzo, ranked first, posted the first singles win, her 17th in a row, for the Buckeyes after topping Shinde 6-2, 6-0 on court one. No. 94 De Santis defeated Lisa Anderson on court three, 6-4, 6-2, for the second singles win, extending her winning streak to nine in a row. On court six, No. 117 Angeles Paz notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jeannie Lozowski to secure the win. The win marked her 11th victory in a row.

No. 60 Sanford was trailing 1-4 to Reifeis on court two when the match was ended. Kowase was set to play Bangoura on court four and Niehaus would have faced Haakenstad on court five.

Angeles Paz and Di Lorenzo both improved to 22-1 this spring, while De Santis is now 16-4. The shutout was the Buckeyes’ ninth in a row and their 19th this season, extending the program record.

Nebraska vs Ohio State
Apr 28, 2017 at Urbana, Ill.
(Atkins Tennis Center)

#4 Ohio State 4, Nebraska 0

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-0, 6-2
2. #60 Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. Claire Reifeis (NEB) 1-4, unfinished
3. #94 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Lisa Andersson (NEB) 6-4, 6-2
4. M’Balia Bangoura (NEB) vs. #95 Miho Kowase (OSU) no result
5. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) vs. #102 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) no result
6. #117 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #19 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. Mary Hanna/P.Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) 4-2, unfinished
2. Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-2
3. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. M’Balia Bangoura/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-2

Match Notes:
Nebraska 19-8
Ohio State 26-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6)
Match moved inside prior to doubles play
Blind draw determined No. 1, 3 & 6 singles matches would start
Only played on three indoor courts