The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to fourth-seed Ohio State on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Ohio State took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.
At No. 1, Annina Brendel and Noelly Nsimba dropped a 6-1 decision to Gabriella De Santis and Sandy Niehaus. The Buckeyes top duo was ranked 58th in the country. At No. 2, Sofia Macias and Dominika Lackova fell 6-2 to Francesca Di Lorenzo and Olivia Sneed.
In singles play, the Guins hung tough against a lineup that featured four nationally-ranked players.
OSU won decisions at No 6, 2 and 4 to claim the victory.
At No. 6, Ana Stroe lost a 6-0, 6-0 contest to Olivia Sneed. At No. 2, Brendel lost 6-0, 6-1 to De Santis and at No. 4, Sofia Macias lost a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Ferny Paz.
At No. 1, Lackova hung tough with third-ranked Di Lorenzo trailing 6-1, 4-2 in her contest. At No. 3, Noelly Nsimba battled with Miho Kowase trailing 6-1, 3-2 when the match was clinched.
At No. 5, Nehel Sahni dropped a hard-fought first set to No. 81 Sandy Niehuas, 6-4, before tailing 4-1 in the second set. Sahni was leading 3-2 in the first before Niehaus scored the three of the final four points to grab the set.
The Penguins finish the year with a 12-13 record while Ohio State improves to 29-2. The Buckeyes will face UCLA in the second round on Saturday.
1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSUW) vs. Lackova, Dominika (YSU) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
2. #96 Gabriella De Santis (OSUW) def. Brendel, Annina (YSU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Miho Kowase (OSUW) vs. Nsimba, Noelly (YSU) 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
4. Ferny Angeles Paz (OSUW) def. Macias, Sofia (YSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. #81 Sandy Niehaus (OSUW) vs. Sahni, Nehel (YSU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. #113 Olivia Sneed (OSUW) def. Store, Ana (YSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. #58 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSUW) def. Brendel, Annina/Nsimba, Noelly (YSU) 6-1
2. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (OSUW) def. Lackova, Dominika/Macias, Sofia (YSU) 6-2
3. Miho Kowase/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSUW) def. Heino, Julianna/Store, Ana (YSU) 5-1