Feb. 13, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a matchup of Top 10 teams, the No. 6 Ohio State women’s tennis team posted a 4-2 win over No. 5 Vanderbilt Saturday in the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus. The win was the Buckeyes’ second over the Commodores in a week after a 4-3 win last Saturday in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship quarterfinals. Ohio State is now 8-1 this spring, while Vanderbilt falls to 5-2.

The Buckeyes went up 1-0 after winning the doubles point. Sophomore Olivia Sneed quickly posted a victory on court six to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage. Junior Miho Kowase notched the next victory for the Scarlet and Gray dropping only four games at No. 4. The Commodores then got on the board with a wins on court two and three. Junior Ferny Angeles Paz clinched the team win, digging out of an early hole, for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory on court five.

“I’m really proud of all of the girls,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “It definitely wasn’t easy and Vanderbilt fought until the very end. As a team, we pride ourselves on our fight and I think that really showed today. Right now we need to get ready for a very tough Georgia Tech team tomorrow.”

Ohio State will host the Yellow Jackets at noon Sunday inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free.

In doubles, the Buckeyes’ No. 8-ranked team of sophomore Anna Sanford and Kowase topped the No. 6-ranked duo of Courtney Colton and Sydney Campbell, 6-3, on court one. The tandem of freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and Sneed clinched the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray with a 6-4 victory over Frances Altick and Fernada Contreras at No. 3. The match on court two was stopped with the duo of junior Gabriella De Santis and Angeles Paz down 5-4 to Ellie Yates and Astra Sharma. Sneed and Di Lorenzo are a perfect 8-0 this spring.

Ohio State went up 2-0 when Sneed beat Contreras in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, on court six, notching her seventh win of the spring. Kowase posted the next victory for the Buckeyes winning 6-2, 6-2, on court four over Georgina Sellyn. No. 16 Altick put the Commodores on the board when she topped De Santis 6-3, 6-3. In a close match on court two, Sanford came back to force a third set but was topped by No. 22 Sharma, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, to make the score 3-2 in favor of Ohio State.

Angeles Paz rallied after dropping the first set to Colton to come back and clinch the victory for the Buckeyes in a third set tiebreak, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Angeles Paz is 7-1 in dual matches this spring.

The match between No. 1 Di Lorenzo and No. 20 Campbell was abandoned on court one after the Buckeyes clinched the victory. The Buckeye and Commodore had split the first two sets and were seven games into the third.

Vanderbilt vs Ohio State
Feb 13, 2016 at Columbus, Ohio
(OSU Varsity Tennis Center)

#6 Ohio State 4, #5 Vanderbilt 2

Singles competition
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) vs. #20 Sydney Campbell (VANDY) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 3-4, unfinished
2. #22 Astra Sharma (VANDY) def. Anna Sanford (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #16 Frances Altick (VANDY) def. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Georgina Sellyn (VANDY) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Courtney Colton (VANDY) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #8 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (OSU) def. #6 Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell (VANDY) 6-3
2. Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) vs. Ellie Yates/Astra Sharma (VANDY) 4-5, unfinished
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Fernanda Contreras/Frances Altick (VANDY) 6-4

Match Notes:
Vanderbilt 5-2; National ranking #5
Ohio State 8-1; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,3,2,5)
Official: Dave Engle A-273