May 3, 2018

Sanford Headed to NCAA Singles Championship


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anna Sanford, a senior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, is an at-large selection to the 2018 NCAA Singles Championship. The Westerville, Ohio, native is one of 48 at-large selections to the 64-player bracket.

The singles competition will be held May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., following the conclusion of the NCAA team championship.

All matches will be best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches.

This marks Sanford’s first selection to the NCAA singles championship; she was an alternate a season ago. She is the fourth Buckeye to earn a spot in the NCAA singles tournament, joining Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016, ’17), Monica Rincon (2002) and Kristy Dascoli (1998, ’99, ’00, ’01). In 2016, Sanford and Miho Kowase were selected for the NCAA doubles championship.

Sanford is No. 57 in the most recent ITA rankings. She is 21-10 overall this year, with a 15-4 mark in dual match play, all on court one.

Sanford and the No. 28-ranked Buckeyes (14-8) were also selected for the NCAA team championship, marking the fifth straight appearance for the program. Ohio State will travel to Nashville and take on No. 41 Clemson in the first round at noon ET May 11. Host Vanderbilt, the No. 1 overall seed, will face Alabama State in the other first round matchup, with the winners facing off at 1 p.m. May 12 for a spot in the Round of 16.