By (Mike Schwartz)

In the final matchup of the weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament, Alabama was shut out and dominated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 4-0. It was the first time in the spring season the Crimson Tide has been shutout.

It was evident the day belonged to the Buckeyes when doubles play began and it seemed, across the board, Alabama’s duos were overmatched. Starting with quick swift defeat on court three, Olivia Sneed and Ferny Angeles Paz from Ohio State took down Smith Hinton and Juliana Valero, 6-1. The same 6-1 result occurred in favor of the Buckeyes on court two when Andie Daniell and Danielle Spielmann met up with Francesca Di Lorenzo.

The Crimson Tide just could not find their footing.Ohio State enjoyed just as much success in singles play as they did in doubles play. Maddie Pothoff, Hinton, and Valero all fell in straight sets. In all, the three players combined to win four games in their three combined match ups. It was Angeles Paz who clinched the victory for Ohio State when she defeated Valero, 6-0, 6-1.

Alabama will look to rebound and bounce back as they travel to New Haven, Conn. for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The match ups with take place all weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 3, and finishing up on Monday Feb. 6.


1. Erin Routliffe (Alabama) vs. No. 1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) 6-4, 1-1 DNF

2. Andie Daniell (Alabama) vs. No. 41 Anna Sanford (Ohio State) 6-3, 5-2 DNF

3. Danielle Spielmann (Alabama) vs. Gabrielle De Santis (Ohio State) 6-3, 3-1 DNF

4. Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) defeated Smith Hinton (Alabama) 6-1, 6-1

5. No. 59 Miho Kowase (Ohio State) defeated Maddie Pothoff (Alabama) 6-1, 6-0

6. Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State) defeated Juliana Valero (Alabama) 6-0, 6-1


1. Erin Routliffe/Maddie Pothoff (Alabama) vs. Anna Sandord/Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State), 5-4, Did not finish (DNF).

2. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (Ohio State) defeated Andie Daniell/Danielle Spielmann (Alabama), 6-1.

3. Olivia Sneed/Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State) defeated Smith Hinton/Juliana Valero (Ohio State), 6-1.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports