Jan. 28, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State women’s tennis team (3-0, 0-0 B1G) defeated Florida State for the first time in program history in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will take on either Alabama or Harvard at noon Sunday with a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on the line.
“I think Florida State is a good team,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “I think it was definitely much closer than the scores showed. We had good performances from some people and it’s what you want knowing you have to come back and play tomorrow. Overall, I think it went pretty well.”
Against the Seminoles, the Buckeyes won the doubles point and picked up three singles wins to secure the victory. Senior Miho Kowase posted the first victory for the Buckeyes shortly followed by fellow senior Ferny Angeles Paz. Senior Sandy Niehaus captured the third singles victory for the Buckeye win. The Scarlet and Gray had won the first sets on all three of the unfinished courts.
Ohio State captured the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. The tandem of senior Sandy Niehaus and junior Anna Sanford topped the Florida State team of Julia Mikulski and Andrea Garcia, 6-0, on court one. On court two, the pair of sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase defeated the Seminole tandem of Nandini Das and Ariana Rahmanparast, 6-2. The match on court three was suspended with the Buckeye duo of junior Olivia Sneed and senior Ferny Angeles Paz ahead of the Florida State pair of Gabrielle Castaneda and Daniella Schippers, 4-3.
Kowase posted the first singles victory for Ohio State over Rahmanparast on court five, 6-1, 6-1. Angeles Paz quickly notched the second win over Garcia 6-1, 6-0 on court six. On court four, Niehaus topped Schippers 6-1, 6-2 for the final Buckeye win.
On court one, Di Lorenzo was up 6-1, 3-2 over Castaneda, while Sanford won the first set 6-4 over Florida State’s Mikulski and was down in the second 4-1 on court two. De Santis posted a 6-3 first set victory on court three over Das and was battling a close second set that was at 3-3 when play was suspended.
Ohio State will play at noon Sunday against either Alabama or Harvard in the championship match and Florida State will play in the consolation match at 4 p.m. Sunday.