Ohio State Begins B1G Action vs. Penn State Tuesday
Ferny Angeles Paz
Feb. 24, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team (4-4, 0-0 B1G) will begin Big Ten action at No. 65 Penn State (3-6, 0-0 B1G) Tuesday in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes look to earn their first conference and away match win of the season vs. the Nittany Lions.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeye freshman quartet of Sandy Niehaus, Miho Kowase, Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz have accounted for 18 of the squad’s 26 singles wins.
- Ohio State is 4-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
- Niehaus leads the Buckeyes with seven singles wins in the spring.
- No. 79-ranked Gabriella De Santis has defeated two ranked opponents this season at the No. 1 position.
- The Buckeyes hold above a .700 win percentage on courts two (.833), four (.714) and five (.714) this spring in singles competition.
- The Buckeyes are 0-3 on the road this spring, falling to No. 19 Baylor, No. 9 Miami and No. 38 Kentucky.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind the doubles point and three singles matches, Ohio State collected its first victory over a ranked opponent this spring Friday vs. No. 27-ranked Tennessee, 4-3, at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Buckeyes collected wins on courts one and three in doubles action to start off with a 1-0 lead vs. the Volunteers. Miho Kowase added the first point for the Buckeyes on court two with a straight-set victory vs. Joanna Henderson. Sandy Niehaus, who dropped the first set vs. Victoria Olivarez, notched her seventh-consecutive victory of the spring campaign with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, win on court four. Ferny Angeles Paz came back after trailing in the second set to seal the upset with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph vs. Lauren Guevremont on court three.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
No. 65 Penn State will host Ohio State in its first conference home match of the season. The Nittany Lions started the spring on a 3-0 win streak, but have dropped their last six matches. Most recently, the squad fell to Marshall and Penn at home over the weekend.
The Nittany Lions are led by freshman Dasha Sapogova who has captured five-consecutive singles matches and has defeated eight of her last nine opponents in the spring campaign. Senior Marie Bedard leads Penn State with five doubles win and has recorded a 4-2 record alongside Sapogova this season.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE NITTANY LIONS
The Scarlet and Gray are 27-17 all-time vs. Penn State. Last season, the No. 55-ranked Buckeyes knocked off the No. 35 Nittany Lions at home in Columbus, 5-2.
ON A ROLL
With singles wins vs. Tennessee, freshmen Sandy Niehaus and Miho Kowase improved their winning streaks to seven and five matches, respectively. Niehaus, who has won eight of her last 10 matches, holds a 4-1 record on court four and a 3-0 record on court five. Kowase has earned a 4-1 ledger on court four and one victory at the No. 1 position in the spring slate.
IN THE B1G
Seven Big Ten squads appear in the latest ITA rankings released Feb. 18. Northwestern leads all conference squads at the No. 8 spot, while Michigan checks in No. 16. Purdue (No. 31), Indiana (No. 37), Illinois (No. 42), Nebraska (No.53) and Penn State (No. 65) are also ranked. The next ITA poll featuring is slated to be released Tuesday.
After the match vs. Penn State, the Buckeyes will return to action with a doubleheader March 5 in Columbus. The team will host Northern Kentucky at noon and Cincinnati at 6 p.m.