March 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 51-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team (10-4, 1-0 B1G) looks to defend its seven-match win streak as they face back-to-back B1G opponents this weekend. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 15 Michigan Friday at 3 p.m. before hosting Michigan State at the Varsity Tennis Center at noon Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
- The squad has captured seven straight victories. The program's all-time consecutive win record was set in the 1999-2000 season at nine straight matches.
- The Buckeyes hold a 6-0 record at the Varsity Tennis Center and are 10-0 when claiming the doubles point.
- Freshman Sandy Niehaus has earned a team-high 12 straight singles victories. The Cincinnati, Ohio, product is the first Buckeye to cross the 20-win threshold this season.
- The freshman tandem of Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase hold a perfect 8-0 record during the spring campaign, while the Buckeye duo of Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis has notched five straight doubles victories.
- Angeles Paz has collected seven straight victories, while redshirt sophomore Nicole Flower and Grainne O'Neill have defeated six consecutive opponents in singles competition.
- Ohio State is 2-4 vs. ranked opponents this season.
No.15-ranked Michigan holds a 9-3 record with a 1-0 ledger vs. B1G competition in the spring after defeating Michigan State at home. The Wolverines have defeated three ranked opponents this season and hold a 4-1 record at home.
Four members of the Michigan squad appear in the ITA singles rankings. Emika Bektas, who holds an 11-1 record on court one, holds the No.7 spot, while Ronit Yurovsky is ranked No. 20 with a 6-1 record at the No.2 singles position. Brooke Boldender checks in at No. 98 and Sarah Lee rounds out the rankings at No. 103. Two Wolverine doubles tandems appear in the ITA doubles poll. Bolender and Bektas are ranked at No. 18, while the Michigan duo of Yurovsky and Lee check in at No. 45 spot.
Ohio State is 13-39 all-time vs. Michigan. Last season, the Buckeyes dropped a 7-0 decision to the Wolverines at home.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State, who holds a 12-3 record in the spring slate, captured five straight wins before B1G opponent Michigan snapped the win streak with a 6-1 win over the Spartans. The Spartans are led by senior Olga Chernova who has tallied seven-straight singles matches in straight sets.
The Buckeyes hold a 30-14 all-time advantage over Michigan State. Last season, Ohio State fell to the Spartans, 5-2, on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State defeated host UNLV, 6-1, and earned their sixth shutout of the spring slate vs. Marquette to secure their seventh straight win in Las Vegas, Nev., during spring break. The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point in each match and clinched 11 of 12 singles matches.
AROUND THE B1G
Northwestern leads the six B1G teams ranked in the latest ITA poll, coming in at the No. 9 spot. Michigan checks in at No. 15, followed by Purdue (No.40), Ohio State (No. 51), Illinois (No. 52) and Iowa (No. 65).
The Buckeyes earned their first win in conference play on the road, shutting out Penn State, on Feb. 25.
The Buckeyes will go back on the road to face Northwestern March 29 in Evanston, Ill., before taking on Illinois March 31 in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State will return to Columbus, Ohio for a five game home stand starting April 4 vs. Minnesota.