COLUMBUS, Ohio – Danielle Wolf of the Ohio State women’s tennis team has been named the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Senior, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday. The Most Improved Senior honor goes to the senior who showed the most improvement over the course of her collegiate career. The regional winners are candidates for the national awards, with the national winners announced at 11 a.m. ET next Monday during a special virtual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony can be viewed on the ITA’s Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
“Danielle left her heart on the court each and every match she played as a Buckeye,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “She trained at an elite level and worked constantly to be the best tennis player she could be and she put that same effort into her academics.”
Wolf spent her freshman season at Indiana, playing at No. 5 and 6 singles for the Hoosiers. She transferred to Ohio State and redshirted her first year (2016-17). As a redshirt sophomore she mainly played on court five for the Buckeyes and as a redshirt junior she played courts four and five. As a senior, Wolf moved to No. 2 and was 5-2 at the spot in the shortened season that saw the Buckeyes reach as high as No. 2 in the national rankings, ending the year fifth.
A native of Cincinnati, Wolf did not have a final regional ranking and was not ranked nationally in singles until her senior season. During her redshirt senior year, she entered the national rankings at No. 99 Feb. 5, jumping to No. 60 and finishing at No. 62.
Wolf was 13-6 overall in her redshirt senior season, posting a 7-2 dual record. Her senior year victories included wins vs. Oklahoma State on the road during ITA Kickoff Weekend, over Michigan and Texas at ITA National Team Indoors, vs. Florida State in College MatchDay and at home over Duke, when she clinched the victory over the Blue Devils with third set tiebreaker win. She also reached the ITA Midwest Regional quarterfinals out of qualifying in 2019.
In her Buckeye career, Wolf posted 51 singles victories and 54 doubles wins, with 32 and 35 dual match victories, respectively.
Wolf earned her bachelor’s degree in communication this spring. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She has also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.