Around the Oval: Men's Tennis Advances to Round of Sixteen, Women's Tennis Eliminated, Buckeyes Win Rowing and Track Championships

By Harry Wexner on May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Men's Tennis Advances
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

Buckeye excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed of the amazing things happening with the other 34 varsity sports on campus.

Men's Tennis Advances to Round of Sixteen

The third-ranked men's tennis team began its tournament campaign this weekend with a pair of resounding victories. 

On Friday, the Buckeyes took on ETSU at the OSU Varsity Tennis Courts. In the first round of the tournament, the Buckeyes swept the Buccaneers without dropping a set. 

The team played at home again on Saturday. This time, they faced off against 26th-ranked Kentucky, who Ohio State beat 4-2 earlier in the season. This time, the Buckeyes were stronger, and the squad secured its second sweep of the post-season. 

With the weekend wins, the men's tennis team finishes its season undefeated at home. The Buckeyes also improve to a staggering 233-1 at home since 2006.

The team next faces Minnesota in the round of sixteen on Friday at noon. 

Women's Tennis Eliminated by Clemson

The 28th-ranked women's tennis team was eliminated by Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. 

The Tigers started the match with doubles victory and proceeded to win the first two singles courts. With the Buckeyes down 3-1, freshman Mary Beth Hurley pulled off a a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court five.

The effort, however, was not enough. At first singles, Clemson’s 24th-ranked Marie-Alexandre Leduc won a hotly-contested 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory versus 57th-ranked Anna Sanford. With that, the other matches were called, and Ohio State's season came to and end. 

After the match, coach Melissa Schaub said: "Today was tough. We did not have one of our better days. I think we accomplished a lot this season. We were dealt a tough hand but the team never stopped competing. I don’t think one match defines the season we had." 

The Buckeyes finished the season 14-9 overall and were 7-4 in B1G play. Senior Anna Sanford will continue her season with an at-large bid to the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship on May 23-28. 

Buckeyes Claim Championships and Other News

  • The men’s track and field team won the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Buckeyes swept this year’s indoor and outdoor conference titles. For more Eleven Warriors coverage, click here
  • The women’s rowing team won its sixth-consecutive Big Ten title on Sunday. For more Eleven Warriors coverage, click here
  • Men's baseball overcame an early deficit by scoring 15 unanswered runs to defeat Purdue on Senior Day. 
  • Buckeye greats Terry Liskevych and Bruce Nowicki were inducted into the second MIVA Volleyball Hall of Fame class this weekend. 
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