April 21, 2017

No. 5 Ohio State Sweeps Indiana to Stay Undefeated in B1G


April 21, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Indiana, 7-0, Friday, improving to 24-2 overall. The shutout of the Hoosiers (12-13, 3-7 B1G) marked the Buckeyes’ 31st consecutive home win, their 22nd straight victory in a conference regular season match and their seventh 7-0 win in a row.

The Buckeyes are now 10-0 in B1G play entering the final match of the regular season at noon Sunday vs. Purdue in Columbus. A victory over the Boilermakers would give Ohio State at least a share of a second consecutive Big Ten regular season schedule. Michigan is also 10-0 this spring and travels to face Illinois Sunday. Ohio State and the Wolverines do not meet in a conference match this season.

“I’m proud of this team,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “They have put in a lot of work. They all work hard and take care of their each individual courts. We are playing well and will see what happens Sunday.”

Against Indiana, the Buckeyes gained the 1-0 advantage going into singles after clinching the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Anna Sanford, Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase, Ferny Angeles Paz and Sandy Niehaus all posted singles win to help secure the 17th shutout of the season.

In doubles, the duo of Di Lorenzo and Sanford posted the first doubles win after defeating Natalie Whalen and Paula Gutierrez, 6-0, on court two. The senior pair of Kowase and Angeles Paz topped Pauline Jahren and Caitlin Bernard, 6-1, on court three to clinch the doubles point. On court one, the No. 83-ranked senior tandem of Niehaus and De Santis was trailing 4-3 to the No. 41-ranked pair of Madison Appel and Kim Schmider.

No. 92 Niehaus notched a 6-1, 6-1, on court six over Anna McCoy for the first singles victory of the match. The win marked her 15th in a row. No. 117 Angeles Paz posted a 6-1, 6-0 win, extending her winning streak to nine, against Emma Love on court five shortly afterwards. No. 1 Di Lorenzo downed Appel, 6-1, 6-0, on court one to pick up her 15th consecutive win and secure the team victory against Indiana.

On court three, No. 91 De Santis defeated Bernard, 6-3, 6-1. No. 97 Kowase topped Jahren, 6-2, 6-3, on court four. No. 59 Sanford secured the Buckeye shutout over the Hoosiers with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Gutierrez. Sanford is on a nine-match winning streak, while Kowase has won 21 matches in a row and is undefeated this spring (21-0).

Niehaus, Di Lorenzo and Angeles Paz all hit the 20-win mark for the dual match season with their victories and have matching 20-1 records this spring. Kowase leads the team with a 21-0 mark.

This year, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents in B1G matches 69-1. The squad is 59-1 in singles and 22-1 in doubles in league matches. The shutout was the team’s 17th of the season to set the program record for whitewashes in a campaign.

Up next, the squad will take on Purdue at noon Sunday on Senior Day. The match is scheduled to be played outside, 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 to confirm location. Admission is free.

The Buckeyes’ senior class – Angeles Paz, De Santis, Kowase and Niehaus – will be recognized before the match.

Indiana vs Ohio State
Apr 21, 2017 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Courts)

#5 Ohio State 7, Indiana 0

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Madison Appel (IND) 6-1, 6-0
2. #59 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Paula Gutierrez (IND) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. #91 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Caitlin Bernard (IND) 6-3, 6-1
4. #97 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Pauline Jahren (IND) 6-2, 6-3
5. #119 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Emma Love (IND) 6-1, 6-0
6. #92 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Anna McCoy (IND) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #83 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) vs. #41 Madison Appel/Kim Schmider (IND) 3-4, unfinished
2. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Paula Gutierrez/Natalie Whalen (IND) 6-0
3. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Pauline Jahren/Caitlin Bernard (IND) 6-1

Match Notes:
Indiana 12-13, 3-7 B1G
Ohio State 24-2, 10-0 B1G; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,5,1,3,4,2)
Official: Jerri Banks T-2:02 A-81