May 11, 2018

Buckeyes Suffer 4-1 Loss to Clemson in NCAA Tournament

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to Clemson, 4-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Championship Friday afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee. The No. 28-ranked Buckeyes, who were making the program’s fifth NCAA appearance in a row, close their season 14-9 overall and were 7-4 in B1G play.

"Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub: “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. I am happy with what we were able to do and I think we will be tougher in the future because of it. “Our seniors Anna and Olivia gave so much to our program and they are definitely going to be missed. They are leaving the team in good hands and the future is bright.”"

In Doubles
Ohio State dropped the doubles point to the Tigers. Clemson’s tandem of Tate Schroeder and Ally Miller-Krasilnikov won 6-2 over Mary Beth Hurley and Olivia Sneed on court two. On court three, the Buckeye duo of Danielle Wolf and Maria Tyrina was down 5-2 but won back-to-back games to get to 5-4. The Clemson tandem of Daniela Ruiz and Sydney Ruiz served out the set for a 6-4 win to clinch the doubles point.

In a matchup of ranked teams on court one, the Buckeyes’ No. 51-ranked tandem of Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda was leading No. 21 Fernanda Navarro and Marie-Alexandre Leduc, 5-2 (serving up 40-15) when play was called.

In Singles
Clemson won the first two singles matches for a 3-0 advantage. Tate Schroeder posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Olivia Sneed on court three, followed by a 6-3, 6-3 victory from Sydney Riley over Danielle Wolf on court four.

On court five, Buckeye freshman Mary Beth Hurley topped Ally Miller-Krasilnikov, 6-4, 6-2, to put the Buckeyes on the board.

Clemson’s No. 24-ranked Marie-Alexandre Leduc won a close match on court one vs. No. 57 Anna Sanford for the Tiger victory. Leduc won the first set 6-4, and prevailed in a tiebreaker in the second set.

On court two Buckeye freshman Shiori Fukuda was up a set vs. Fernanda Navarro (6-1, 5-6) and junior Andrea Ballinger led Daniela Ruiz, 7-5, 5-4, on court six when play was called.

NCAA Singles Championship Ahead
Buckeye senior Anna Sanford received an at-large bid to the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship. The singles competition will be held May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., following the conclusion of the NCAA team championship.

The Results
Clemson vs Ohio State
May 11, 2018 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)

#41 Clemson 4, #28 Ohio State 1

Singles competition
1. #24 Marie Leduc (CU) def. #57 Anna Sanford (OSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #101 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) vs. Fernanda Navarro (CU) 6-1, 5-6, unfinished
3. Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Olivia Sneed (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Sydney Riley (CU) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. A Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Andrea Ballinger (OSU) vs. Daniela Ruiz (CU) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #51 Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) vs. #21 Fernanda Navarro/Marie Leduc (CU) 5-2, unfinished
2. Tate Schroeder/A Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) def. Mary Beth Hurley/Olivia Sneed (OSU) 6-2
3. Daniela Ruiz/Sydney Riley (CU) def. Danielle Wolf/Maria Tyrina (OSU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Clemson 14-13; National ranking #41
Ohio State 14-9; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,5,1)
NCAA Championship first round match