April 24, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 6-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team claimed the outright Big Ten championship with a 4-0 win at No. 70 Purdue Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes close conference play a perfect 11-0, dropping just one team point all season and outscoring their opponents 69-1. Ohio State improves to 25-2 on the year.
“I am so happy for these girls,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “They have worked so hard and it’s a great feeling to see it all pay off. We are going to enjoy this today but then have to get ready for a tough Big Ten tournament next weekend.”
Ohio State will head into next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich., as the No. 1 seed. The Buckeyes have a first round bye and will take on the winner of the match between No. 8 Minnesota and No. 9 Wisconsin at 10 a.m. Friday. The winner of the Buckeyes’ quarterfinal match will play in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday against the winner of a matchup between No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Maryland, with the championship at noon Sunday.
This year’s title is considered Ohio State’s first by the Big Ten. Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season title in 2000 with a 9-1 regular season record; at that time, the tournament winner was considered the Big Ten champion. Since 2009, the regular season winner is declared the Big Ten champion.
Against the Boilermakers, the Buckeyes won the doubles point with 6-2 victories on courts one and three. Juniors Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus notched the first win, downing No. 46-ranked Andjela Djokovic and Nicole Robinson on court one for their 10th consecutive victory. On court three, freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and sophomore Olivia Sneed won over Natalia Davila and Deborah Suarez to clinch the point, improving to 23-2 this season. The match on court two was suspended with the Buckeyes’ No. 8-ranked tandem ahead 4-3 over Krisztina Kapitany and Marta Ruedas-Burgos.
No. 4-ranked Di Lorenzo dropped just one game on court one to put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0. Di Lorenzo downed Nicole Robinson, 6-0, 6-1, improving to 31-4 this season. She won on court one in all 11 Big Ten matches this spring.
Sanford moved the Buckeyes to a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kapitany on court two. Sanford, who has won her last nine matches, is 18-5 in dual matches, with a 10-0 conference mark. Junior Ferny Angeles Paz clinched the team win, topping Ruedas-Burgos, 6-0, 6-4, to extend her winning streak to 14.
The remaining three singles matches were suspended with De Santis (No. 3), Kowase (No. 4) and Sneed (No. 6) all up a set
Ohio State vs Purdue
Apr 24, 2016 at Schwartz Tennis Center
(West Lafayette, Ind.)
#6 Ohio State 4, #70 Purdue 0
1. #4 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Nicole Robinson (PUR) 6-0, 6-1
2. #114 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Krisztina Kapitany (PUR) 6-4, 6-2
3. Andjela Djokovic (PUR) vs. #111 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 2-6, 6-5, unfinished
4. Natalia Davila (PUR) vs. Miho Kowase (OSU) 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Marta Ruedas-Burgos (PUR) 6-0, 6-4
6. Deborah Suarez (PUR) vs. #110 Olivia Sneed (OSU) 2-6, 3-5, unfinished
1. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. #46 Andjela Djokovic/Nicole Robinson (PUR) 6-2
2. Krisztina Kapitany/Marta Ruedas-Burgos (PUR) vs. #8 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 3-4, unfinished
3. Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Natalia Davila/Deborah Suarez (PUR) 6-2
Ohio State 25-2, 11-0 B1G; National ranking #6
Purdue 12-12, 5-6 B1G; National ranking #70
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,5)
Buckeyes clinch outright Big Ten championship
Match played outdoors at the Schwartz Tennis Center