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tBBC NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament Round 3 Preview: OSU vs. Ga Tech

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, May 18, 2016.

  1. NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament Round 3 Preview: OSU vs. Ga Tech
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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    The Ohio State University Women’s Tennis Team, 30-2 for the season, ranked 4th nationally, will meet up with Georgia Tech, 19-8, ranked 17th, in Tulsa, OK at 8:00 p.m. Thursday May 19th. Georgia Tech earned the right to the Round of 16 by defeating # 13 South Carolina, while the Buckeyes defeated #27 UCLA. This will be the second meeting between the two teams – the Buckeyes and Yellow Jackets met in Columbus Feb. 14, with Ohio State posting a 6-1 win.

    The Yellow Jackets opened the match against South Carolina with a victory from Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan by a score of 6-3. Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renuad then clinched the doubles point for the Yellow Jackets with a 6-4 victory over Caroline Dailey and Brigit Folland.

    “We realized that South Carolina plays such great doubles,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “(South Carolina Coach) Kevin (Epley) does a great job with their doubles teams and their formations. They’ve been very successful in doubles, so we knew that we had to come out a and play really well because we felt like that would help our momentum. They came back at No. 3 against us and did a really good job finishing. Then it was just a bit of a battle at No. 2. Our No. 1 team is 13th in the country, has played well all tear and I thought they played one of their better matches today. But the No. 2 match was really, really close. I think we were down 3-1 and 0-40 at one point, and we were able to scrape our way back in and win at the finish line. South Carolina plays such great doubles, and you have to play such disciplined doubles against them because they do such a great job.”

    “At different times they’ve played pretty amazing tennis,” Harmon said of Renaud, Hourigan and McAdoo. “Johnnise had a win over Stephanie Wagner from Miami, who was No. 6 or 7 in the country, and played pretty amazing. Paige played against Julia Elbaba when we played Virginia, and she beat her. And Rasheeda’s been playing really, really well, so our 1, 2, and 3 have been doing a really good job.”

    Georgia Tech is an energetic squad that can deliver the element of surprise. They have gotten through Princeton 4-1 before surprising/closing out the Gamecocks, 4-0 to be facing the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes defeated Youngstown State, 4-0 and UCLA 4-1 – earning the right to be in Tulsa.

    Against UCLA the Buckeyes split the first two doubles matches with 6-2 scores on each. On court three, Buckeye sophomore Olivia Sneed and freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo won over Maia Magill and Kristin Wiley to improve to 25-2 on the year. On court one, sophomore Anna Sanford and junior Miho Kowase, ranked ninth, fell to the seventh-ranked tandem of Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips.

    The doubles point came down to court two. The No. 58-ranked Buckeye duo of juniors Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis fought back from a 5-2 deficit against Terri Fleming and Alaina Miller to even the match at 5-all. UCLA held the next game, followed by a Buckeye hold to force a tiebreaker. The Buckeyes, who had one match point in the tiebreak, fought off three match points but the Bruin tandem claimed a 10-8 victory to put UCLA up 1-0.

    The Buckeyes are a strong team. Francesca Di Lorenzo, ranked # 3 nationally is a steady opponent who does not yield, rarely makes any mistakes, and leaps feverishly onto any errors made by her competition.

    Georgia Tech is more familiar with advancement in the NCAA Tournaments. This is their 6th Round of 16 since 2010. The Buckeyes for the first time in program history is in the Round of 16. There is hardly anything to say to that. Statistics are statistics. By no means is there any direction to diminish the accomplishments that the Yellow Jackets have put forward in their recent history.

    But as we all know disappointments often leap the curb with new faces in town. Those new faces are Ferny Angeles Paz JR, Andrea Ballinger FR, Gabriella De Santis JR, Francesca Di Lorenzo FR, Nicole Flower RS SR, Miho Kowase JR, Sandy Niehaus JR, Grâinne O’Neill SR, Anna Sanford SO, and Olivia Sneed SO. And, they are The Ohio State University Women’s Tennis Team.

    I have absolute and complete faith that our Buckeyes will be advancing into the field of the Elite Eight. Remember hunger does wonderful things to athletes. The Buckeyes have that hunger – it is in their eyes – in their play. So check out your local television listing(s) for May 19th at 8:00 p.m. Have a seat with some snacks and your favorite beverage and root this team on. They will deliver…. And remember where you heard it first!

    See You Then.


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