No. 2 Buckeyes Move to 5-0 in B1G with 6-0 Win at Maryland


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team posted its fifth shutout in Big Ten play, recording a 6-0 win at Maryland Sunday in College Park, Md. The Buckeyes are now 19-2 on the year and 5-0 in conference play.

Next up, the Buckeyes return home to host Iowa at 4 p.m. Friday and take on Nebraska at noon Sunday, April 10. For up to date location information for the home matches, check the team’s Twitter account @OhioState_WTEN on match day.

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With 6-1 wins on courts two and three against Maryland, Ohio State picked up the doubles point for the 13th match in a row and the 17th match this season. The 54th-ranked doubles team of freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and sophomore Olivia Sneed won on court two over Cassandre Thebault and Alexandra Stanova to improve to 18-1 this spring. The duo of juniors Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis downed Caroline Williams and Nataliya Bredikhina on court three. The match on court one was abandoned with the Buckeyes’ second-ranked duo of Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase leading 5-2.

Ohio State won five singles matches in straight sets for the B1G victory. Power issues at the facility made just three courts available at a time. Singles opened with play on courts 1, 2 and 6, followed by courts 3, 4 and 5.

On court one, No. 3-ranked Di Lorenzo won 6-2, 6-3 over Stanova. No. 99 Sanford was a 7-6 (3), 6-2 winner against Sullivan and Sneed, ranked No. 114, topped Olga Bredikhina, 6-3, 6-2.

Kowase picked up her 11th win in a row, downing N. Bredikhina at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3. Niehaus, ranked 58th, downed Thebault, winning the first set in a tiebreak before cruising in set two, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

The match on court four between De Santis and Tour was suspended because of time constraints. The Buckeye was ahead 5-4 in the second set after losing the first, 6-1.

Di Lorenzo leads the Buckeyes with 25 overall wins this season and has 16 dual match wins to share the lead with Sneed and junior Ferny Angeles Paz. Kowase is now 15-1 this spring.

Tennis Match Results

Ohio State vs Maryland

Apr 03, 2016 at College Park, Pa.

#2 Ohio State 6, Maryland 0

Singles competition

1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Alexandra Stanova (MD) 6-2, 7-6

  1. #99 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. Arnelle Sullivan (MD) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2

3. Miho Kowase (OSU) def. Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) 6-3, 6-3

  1. Ekaterina Tour (MD) vs. Gabriella De Santis (OSU) 6-1, 4-5, unfinished

5. #58 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Cassandre Thebault (MD) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

6. #114 Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Ekaterina Tour/Arnelle Sullivan (MD) vs. #2 Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase (OSU) 2-5, unfinished

2. #54 Olivia Sneed/Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Cassandre Thebault/Alexandra Stanova (MD) 6-1

3. Sandy Niehaus/Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Caroline Williams/Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) 6-1

Match Notes:

Ohio State 19-2, 5-0 B1G; National ranking #2

Maryland 7-9, 4-3 B1G

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