COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to Michigan, 4-3, Friday in the Varsity Tennis Center. The No. 29-ranked Buckeyes are now 8-5 on the year and 2-2 in the Big Ten, with the No. 30 Wolverines 9-8 overall and 5-0 in B1G play.
The Buckeyes return to action Sunday, when they host Michigan State at noon. The match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts but will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. Match location will be posted on the women’s tennis schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the team’s Twitter (@OhioState_WTEN) Sunday morning.
Against Michigan, Ohio State won the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. The Buckeyes led 2-0 and 3-1 in singles, but the Wolverines won the final three matches, including two in three sets, for the conference win. Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda led the Buckeyes with wins in singles and doubles.
In doubles, Michigan won 6-2 on court three, with Mira Ruder-Hook and Alyvia Jones defeating Buckeyes Danielle Wolf and Emma DeCoste. The Buckeyes quickly answered, as the duo of Olivia Sneed and Mary Beth Hurley posted a 6-3 victory on court two over Chiara Lommer and Lera Patiuk.
The doubles point was decided on court one, with the Buckeyes’ No. 29-ranked team of Sanford and Fukuda facing Michigan’s Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor. Ohio State claimed the last three games for the win. Serving at 4-5, Ohio State saved a match point and then won the no-ad point for 5-all. The Buckeyes then posted the first break of the match for a 6-5 lead and held to close out the win. Sanford and Fukuda are 10-1 in dual match play.
In singles on court one, Sanford topped No. 23-ranked Fahey in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, picking up her team-best 10th win of the spring. Michigan got on the board when Jones defeated DeCoste, 6-2, 6-3, on court four. No. 86-ranked Fukuda put the Buckeyes ahead with a straight set win over Minor, the defending NCAA singles champion, 6-1, 6-4.
Michigan won the next two matches in three sets to tie the team score at 3. No. 93-ranked Lommer prevailed over No. 116 Sneed, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, on court three. On court five, Ruder-Hook was a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 winner over Wolf.
The team match came down to court six between Hurley and Bella Lorenzini. In the first set Hurley rallied to force a tiebreaker, but the Wolverine prevailed, 7-5, for the set. Lorenzini overcame a 5-3 second set deficit for a 7-6 (5), 7-5 match victory.
Michigan vs Ohio State
Mar 30, 2018 at Columbus, Ohio
(Varsity Tennis Center)
#30 Michigan 4, #29 Ohio State 3
1. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. #23 Kate Fahey (UM) 6-3, 6-3
2. #86 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Brienne Minor (UM) 6-1, 6-4
3. #93 Chiara Lommer (UM) def. #116 Olivia Sneed (OSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Alyvia Jones (UM) def. Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mira Ruder-Hook (UM) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
6. Bella Lorenzini (UM) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
1. #29 Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Kate Fahey/Brienne Minor (UM) 7-5
2. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Chiara Lommer/Lera Patiuk (UM) 6-3
3. Mira Ruder-Hook/Alyvia Jones (UM) def. Danielle Wolf/Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-2
Michigan 9-8, 5-0 B1G; National ranking #30
Ohio State 8-5, 2-2 B1G; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)
Official: Jeri Banks T-3:23 A-124