COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 2-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team swept singles and doubles to defeat Minnesota, 7-0, in a Big Ten match in Minneapolis Sunday. The Buckeyes are now 16-2 overall on the year and 3-0 in conference play.
Ohio State will be off until hosting a doubleheader March 31, with a Big Ten match vs. Rutgers at noon and a match with Dayton at 6 p.m. The squad will then host Maryland at noon April 2. The Big Ten matches are scheduled to be played outside, but will move inside in the event of inclement weather. Check OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Buckeyes' social media accounts on match day for the location.
"This has been a tough stretch the last few weeks but the girls have done a great job," Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. "We are looking forward to having next weekend off where we can work on some things on the court and with our strength and conditioning coach. We will look to make another push for the rest of the Big Ten season."
Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed started the Buckeyes off with a 6-2 win on court three in doubles over Annemarie Emme and Camila Vargas Gomez. The No. 31-ranked tandem of Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus won by the same score over Caroline Ryba and Cammy Frei to clinch the doubles point on court two. On court one, Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase were 6-1 winners over Mehvish Safdar and Caitlyn Merzbacher.
No. 61-ranked Sanford dropped just one game in each set on court three to defeat Mancera, followed by a win by Olivia Sneed over Vargas Gomez by the same score on court six. Di Lorenzo, the nation's top-ranked player, defeated Ryba, 6-1, 6-0, to clinch the Buckeye win. Di Lorenzo has won nine matches in a row and is 14-1 this spring, with a team-best 24 overall wins.
On court four, Kowase, ranked 53rd, was a 6-2, 6-0 winner against Maja Vujic and No. 54 Sandy Niehaus topped Emme, 7-5, 6-3, on court five. Kowase has won 14 matches in a row, while Niehaus is on an eight-match winning streak. De Santis, ranked 41st, won 6-3, 6-2 over Tina Kreinis to wrap up the shutout.
The Buckeyes have won their first three conference matches by 7-0 scores. The win over the Gophers' was the squad's 10th shutout this season.
Ohio State vs Minnesota
Mar 19, 2017 at Minneapolis, Minn.
(Baseline Tennis Center)
#2 Ohio State 7, Minnesota 0
1. #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Caroline Ryba (MINN) 6-1, 6-0
2. #41 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Tina Kreinis (MINN) 6-3, 6-2
3. #61 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Barbara Mancera (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
4. #53 Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Maja Vujic (MINN) 6-2, 6-0
5. #54 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Annemarie Emme (MINN) 7-5, 6-3
6. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Camila Vargas Gomez (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Mehvish Safdar/Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) 6-1
2. #31 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Caroline Ryba/Cammy Frei (MINN) 6-2
3. Anna Sanford/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Annemarie Emme/Camila Vargas Gomez (MINN) 6-2
Ohio State 16-2 (3-0); National ranking #2
Minnesota 9-6 (1-2)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,1,4,5,2)
Buckeyes Top No. 15 Illini, 4-3