COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s tennis seniors Anna Sanford and Olivia Sneed are in California for the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. The tournament includes prequalifying Saturday-Sunday, qualifying Tuesday-Wednesday and main draw action Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 5-8). Prequalifying matches will be held on the Pepperdine campus, with qualifying and main draw matches at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Sneed begins play for the Buckeyes in the 64-player singles prequalifying draw at 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday where she will take on Sarah Dvorak of Texas Tech. Three wins in prequalifying are needed to advance to the qualifying draw.
Sanford is in qualifying singles and will pair with Sneed in the qualifying doubles draw.
Sneed and Sanford This Season
Sanford, ranked 33rd, started her year in California, participating in the Oracle ITA Masters. In both singles and mixed doubles, she won her first round singles match before falling in round two.
Sneed opened her campaign at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic at Furman, winning the Flight 2 title with three victories. She paired with freshman Mary Beth Hurley to finish third in their doubles flight.
Buckeyes at the 2016 All-Americans
Anna Sanford competed in singles qualifying and the doubles main draw at the ITA All-Americans last year. She and Miho Kowase, the No. 4 seed in doubles, fell in their first round match, 8-6, but posted a consolation win. In singles, Sanford dropped a three set match in the first round of qualifying but rebounded to win a consolation match in three sets.
Francesca Di Lorenzo won the All-American title a season ago, the first Buckeye to win the tournament. It was the second of three third ITA national titles for the Buckeye, as she went on to defend her National Indoor title later that fall.
The annual ITA Midwest Regional begins Oct. 12 and will be hosted by Michigan in An Arbor.
Later this fall, the Buckeye squad is also set to compete at the Tennessee Fall Invite Oct. 27-29, the ASU Thunderbird Nov. 3-5 and the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic that same weekend.