Feb. 20, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated No. 64 Tennessee, 6-1, Saturday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 10-1 on the year, while Tennessee falls to 4-4.

“Tennessee played really well today and it was a lot closer than what the final score shows,” Melissa Schaub, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “We were tested in a lot of matches but we fought hard all day.”

Ohio State claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three for a 1-0 advantage going into singles. Sophomore Olivia Sneed was the first Buckeye off the court dropping just three games on court six and classmate Anna Sanford quickly followed with a win on court two. Junior Miho Kowase posted a win on court five to claim the victory for the Buckeyes. After dropping the first set, junior Ferny Angeles Paz came back to notch a win on court four in a super tiebreaker. Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo, the nation’s top-ranked player, rallied after losing the first set to post a victory on court one in three sets. Tennessee claimed court three in super tiebreak.

Next week, Ohio State opens Big Ten play with a 5 p.m. match at Penn State Friday. The Buckeyes will return home to host Arizona State at noon Sunday (Feb. 28) inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free.

In doubles, the No. 8 tandem of Sanford and Kowase posted the first victory for the Buckeyes on court one, 6-1, over Sadie Hammond and Mary Caroline Meredith. The pair of juniors Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus, playing together for the first time this spring, topped Kim Kermet and Eve Repic 6-2 on court three to clinch the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray. Play was retired on court two with Di Lorenzo and Sneed winning 5-3 over Brittany Lindl and Tiffany Tavares. Ohio State has won the doubles point in each of the last four and eight total matches this season.

In singles, Sneed downed freshman Gabby Schuck 6-2, 6-1 on court six, to improve to 9-1 this spring. After a close first set, Sanford breezed through the second set to top Kim Kermet 6-4, 6-1 on court two. Kowase notched a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brittany Lindl on court five to secure the win for Ohio State and move to 7-1 in dual matches.

Angeles Paz rallied after losing the first set to post a win over Mary Caroline Meredith on court four, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4), improving to 9-1 this spring. Di Lorenzo came back to defeat No. 100 Hammond in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

After losing the first set and going down early on in the second on court three, De Santis came back and took Eve Repic to a third set super tiebreak but dropped the match 3-6, 7-6 (5), 0-1 (5).

Tennessee vs Ohio State
Feb 20, 2016 at Columbus
(Varsity Tennis Center)

#5 Ohio State 6, #64 Tennessee 1

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. #100 Sadie Hammond (TENN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Kim Kermet (TENN) 6-4, 6-1
3. Eve Repic (TENN) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-5)
4. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. M Meredith (TENN) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
5. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Brittany Lindl (TENN) 6-3, 6-2
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Gabby Schuck (TENN) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #8 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Sadie Hammond/M Meredith (TENN) 6-1 2. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSU) vs. Eve Repic/Kim Kermet (TENN) 5-3, unfinished
3. Sandy Niehaus/Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Tiffany Tavares/Brittany Lindl (TENN) 6-2

Match Notes:
Tennessee 4-4; National ranking #64
Ohio State 10-1; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,2,5,4,1,3)
Official: Park Anderson