Feb. 11, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State women’s tennis team (7-1, 0-0 B1G) will take on two Top 25 teams in Columbus this weekend. The Buckeyes will face No. 5 Vanderbilt (6-1, 0-0 SEC) Saturday at noon, before taking on No. 24 Georgia Tech (4-2, 0-0 ACC) Sunday at noon inside the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road). Admission is FREE.
Top 10 Buckeyes as a Team, Singles and Doubles
In the ITA Rankings released this week, Ohio State is a program-record sixth, the first time the squad has been in the Top 10. The previous high was No. 16, set earlier this season. Prior to this year, the program had reach a high of 17th.
Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo took over the No. 1 spot in the singles rankings, the first Buckeye to be first in the ITA poll. Di Lorenzo, who had been ranked second, topped three Top 30 opponents in singles and was 3-0 in doubles at ITA Indoors last week to earn Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades for the second straight week.
The complete ITA rankings here HERE.
Last Time Out – ITA National Team Indoors
Ohio State made a run to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship semifinals last weekend in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes, who earned their spot with two wins on ITA Kick-Off Weekend, were making their second appearance in the tournament and the first since 2001.
The No. 16 ranked and No. 8 seed Buckeyes topped No. 30-ranked Fresno State 4-2 to start the weekend. After dropping the doubles point, Ohio State won the first three singles matches to take a 3-1 lead. Ferny Angeles Paz posted a 6-3, 6-0 win, Olivia Sneed followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. No. 2 Francesca Di Lorenzo notched a 6-2, 6-1 win. Anna Sanford won a close match 7-6 (2), 6-1 to clinch the victory for the Buckeyes.
In the quarterfinals, Ohio State defeated No. 1 ranked and top seed Vanderbilt, 4-3. The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point and the first singles match going down 2-0. Sneed, Angeles Paz and Di Lorenzo met the challenge and each won to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 advantage over the Commodores. The match came down to junior Miho Kowase who rallied after dropping the first set for a three set win to secure the victory over the defending NCAA champions.
The Buckeyes fell 4-3 to No. 4 seed and No. 6 ranked California in the semifinals. Sneed and Di Lorenzo posted a 6-4 win, while No. 6-ranked pair of Sanford and Kowase won 7-6(5) to capture the doubles point. Di Lorenzo notched a win on court one but the Bears claimed victories on court two and five to tie it at 2-2. The last three matches were decided in three sets. Sanford prevailed on court three but Cal won on courts four and six to conclude the match. Cal went on to win the tournament with a victory over North Carolina Monday.
The Commodores, the 2015 NCAA Champion, have a trio of ranked singles players and one ranked doubles tandem. Senior Frances Altick is ranked No. 16, junior Sydney Campbell checks in at No. 20 while redshirt sophomore Astra Sharma holds the No. 22 spot. The duo of senior Sydney Colton and Campbell is ranked sixth. Vanderbilt is 6-1 this season. At the ITA National Indoor Championship last weekend, the Commodores beat Duke in the first round and Virginia in consolation action after losing to Ohio State in the quarterfinals.
Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Vanderbilt, with the last matchup just last week when the Buckeyes topped the Commodores in Madison, Wis., 4-3, in the ITA national team indoors quarterfinals. That was the first meeting between the two since 1976.
A Look at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets have two ranked singles players and one ranked doubles pair. Junior Rasheeda McAdoo is ranked No. 56 and sophomore Johnnise Renaud moved into the rankings at No. 61, while the doubles tandem of senior Kendal Woodard and sophomore Paige Hourigan checks in at No. 58. Georgia Tech enters the weekend 4-2 and will play at Tennessee Friday before coming to Columbus.
Ohio State is 1-3 all-time vs. Georgia Tech. The Buckeyes and Yellow Jackets last met in Atlanta in 2015, a 4-3 win for Ohio State.
Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo leads the Buckeyes with 15 singles wins on the year, with junior Ferny Angeles Paz second with 14 victories. Di Lorenzo and Angeles Paz are tied with sophomores Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed with six dual match victories each.
In doubles, junior Miho Kowase is first with 14 wins followed by Angeles Paz with 13. The tandem of Sanford and Kowase has a team-best of 12 victories. The undefeated pair of Di Lorenzo and Sneed leads the team with seven dual match victories.
Combined, Ohio State is 7-1 at No. 1 singles this season, with 6-1 marks on courts 4, 5 and 6. The squad is 31-12 (.721) in dual singles matches this spring.
The Buckeyes will continue their homestand, hosting No. 59 Tennessee at noon Feb. 20 inside the Varsity Tennis Center.
Register to be a Buckeye Kid Captain!
Youth can sign up to be a Buckeye Kid Captain and deliver the first serve of the match at a Buckeye match this season. For more information and to register, visit go.osu.edu/WTENKidCaptain.