April 16, 2017

No. 4 Buckeyes Improve to 9-0 in B1G with 7-0 Win at Northwestern


April 16, 2017

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team posted its ninth consecutive win, and sixth straight shutout, downing Northwestern, 7-0, Sunday in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes are now 9-0 in Big Ten play and 23-2 this season. The No. 36-ranked Wildcats drop their first B1G match of the season and are 8-1 in the league and 12-9 overall.

Senior Miho Kowase became the program’s all-time leader in career singles wins with a straight set victory. She has 105 wins for the Scarlet and Gray, passing Kristy Dascoli, who had 104 from 1998-01. Kowase is 20-0 this spring and 28-3 overall this year.

“I’m very grateful for all the support I get from my coaches and my teammates,” Kowase said. “I could not be where I am today without them. I’m looking forward to competing and finishing strong this season.”

Against Northwestern, Ohio State swept the doubles and singles matches for their eighth shutout in league play.

“Northwestern is a very good doubles team and we knew that coming in,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “This is a match you mark on your calendar every year and I think our team definitely got up for it. We are playing some good tennis down the stretch and will continue looking forward to the last Big Ten weekend at home.”

The Buckeyes swept the doubles matches vs. the Wildcats. In a matchup of ranked teams, the Buckeyes’ No. 26-ranked tandem of Francesca Di Lorenzo and Kowase rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat No. 15-ranked Alex Chatt and Maddie Lipp, 6-3, improving to 13-1 this year. Ohio State won courts two and three by matching 7-5 scores, capturing the last two games on both courts. On court two the duo of seniors Ferny Angeles Paz and Sandy Niehaus defeated Erin Larner and Rheeya Doshi to clinch the doubles point and juniors Olivia Sneed and Anna Sanford downed Brooke Rischbieth and Lee Or on court three.

Sneed put the Buckeyes up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jillian Rooney on court six, notching her eighth win in a row. Kowase followed with her record setting victory, as the No. 88-ranked Buckeye defeated Chatt on court four, 6-2, 6-1. Di Lorenzo, ranked No. 1, topped No. 122 Larner, 6-1, 6-2, to clinch the team victory and mark her 14th straight win.

Angeles Paz, ranked No. 117, was a 6-4, 6-3 winner on court three over Doshi and No. 89 Niehaus defeated Or in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-2, to put the Buckeyes up 6-0. Angeles Paz is on an eight-match winning streak and Niehaus has won 14 matches in a row.

On court two, No. 51 Sanford rallied after losing the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7). She rolled in the second set, 6-1, and then won the match tiebreaker, 10-5, to pick up her ninth straight win and complete the team shutout.

Di Lorenzo, Niehaus and Angeles Paz are all 19-1 in singles this season.

The Buckeyes have dropped just one team point in Big Ten Conference play this spring, outscoring their opponents in B1G matches, 62-1. The team is 53-1 in singles and 20-1 in doubles in league matches. The squad has won 21 straight conference regular season matches.

The Buckeyes wrap up the regular season with two home matches next weekend. Ohio State will host Indiana at 3 p.m. Friday and Purdue at noon Sunday on Senior Day. Both matches are scheduled to be played outside at the Varsity Tennis Courts, but will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather. Check OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the team’s social media accounts on match day for location. Admission to both matches is free.

Ohio State vs Northwestern
Apr 16, 2017 at Evanston, Ill.
(Vandy Christie Tennis Center)

#4 Ohio State 7, #36 Northwestern 0

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. #122 Erin Larner (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #51 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Maddie Lipp (NU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 10-5
3. #117 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Rheeya Doshi (NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. #88 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Alex Chatt (NU) 6-2, 6-1
5. #89 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Lee Or (NU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Jillian Rooney (NU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #26 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. #15 Alex Chatt/Maddie Lipp (NU) 6-3
2. Ferny Angeles Paz/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Erin Larner/Rheeya Doshi (NU) 7-5
3. Olivia Sneed/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Brooke Rischbieth/Lee Or (NU) 7-5

Match Notes:
Ohio State 23-2, 9-0; National ranking #4
Northwestern 12-9, 8-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3,5,2)
T-2:20 A-220