January 25, 2023

Ratliff Named B1G Athlete of the Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sydni Ratliff, a sophomore on the No. 12-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been selected as the Big Ten Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. The native of Columbus and Columbus Academy graduate clinched the Buckeyes’ victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma, last year’s NCAA runner-up, Sunday in Ohio State’s season-opening match.

In her first match at No. 1 singles in the Scarlet and Gray, No. 15-ranked Ratliff posted a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over the Sooners’ Layne Sleeth, who has been ranked as high as sixth nationally, securing the Buckeyes’ fourth point.

This is Ohio State’ second-straight Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor and the fourth of Ratliff’s career.

Ratiff, the 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, leads the Buckeyes with 13 singles wins overall this season and is first with eight doubles victories.

Up Next

Ohio State will serve as an ITA Kickoff Weekend site, welcoming Old Dominion, Wake Forest and No. 22 Tennessee this weekend in the Ty Tucker Tennis Center. Admission and parking are free.

Friday features the Buckeyes vs. the Monarchs at 10 a.m., followed by the Demon Deacons vs. the Lady Vols at 1 p.m. Saturday, the championship will be at 4 p.m., followed by the consolation about 7 p.m. The site winner will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

ITA Kickoff Weekend website