March 4, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 11-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team suffered a 4-0 loss at No. 18 Texas Sunday in Austin. The Buckeyes are now 5-3 on the year, while Texas improves to 8-4.
The Buckeyes return home to host Nebraska in a Big Ten match at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free.
“Today was tough,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “Texas is a good team and competed really well. I am optimistic about today’s match. We are young but we showed some fight and toughness today. Friday against Baylor was rough, but it was good to see us come back and get better today. It will be nice to come home and get ready for another Big Ten match with Nebraska on Wednesday.”
Ohio State lost the doubles point for the first time in eight matches this season. The Buckeyes won the first doubles match, with freshman Mary Beth Hurley and senior Olivia Sneed posting a 6-1 win over Bianca Turati and Marta Perez-Mur on court two.
On court one, the tandem of Petra Granic and Bojana Markovic topped the Buckeyes’ 15th-ranked team of senior Anna Sanford and freshman Shiori Fukuda, 6-4, marking the tandem’s first loss of the dual match season. Texas clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 win on court three by Anna Turati and Katie Poluta over Buckeye freshman Emma DeCoste and sophomore Danielle Wolf.
The Longhorns won three singles matches for the team victory. Despite going to three sets, court five was the first to finish. Wolf won the first set, 6-3, before Perez-Mur won the next two by 6-1 scores to put Texas up 2-0.
On court two, No. 64-ranked Fukuda took on No. 39-ranked A. Turati. The Longhorn prevailed in a tiebreaker in the first set, 7-6 (3), and then won 6-1 in the second for a 3-0 Texas advantage. Texas clinched the team victory with a win on court three. The first set between No. 72-ranked Sneed and No. 54 Granic went to a tiebreaker, with Granic winning, 7-3. The Longhorn claimed the second 7-5 to seal the team win.
Play was suspended on courts one, four and six. Against No. 4-ranked B. Turati on court one, Buckeye Sanford won the first set, 6-4, before Turati won the second in a tiebreak, 7-6 (4). The Longhorn was up a break 2-0 in the third set.
Buckeye freshman DeCoste rallied after dropping the first set to Markovic on court four to force a third set, with each player winning 6-2. They were on serve with Markovic serving 4-3 when play was called. On court six between Buckeye freshman Hurley and Poluta, the Longhorn won the first set in a tiebreak and was ahead 5-2 in the second set.
Ohio State vs Texas
Mar 04, 2018 at Austin, Texas
(Weller Tennis Center)
#18 Texas 4, #11 Ohio State 0
1. #4 Bianca Turati (UT) vs. Anna Sanford (OSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-0, unfinished
2. #39 Anna Turati (UT) def. #64 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3. #54 Petra Granic (UT) def. #72 Olivia Sneed (OSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
4. Bojana Markovic (UT) vs. Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-2, 2-6, 4-3, unfinished
5. Marta Perez-Mur (UT) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Katie Poluta (UT) vs. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 7-6 (7-2), 5-2, unfinished
1. Petra Granic/Bojana Markovic (UT) def. #15 Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) 6-4
2. Mary Beth Hurley/Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Bianca Turati/Marta Perez-Mur (UT) 6-1
3. Anna Turati/Katie Poluta (UT) def. Emma DeCoste/Danielle Wolf (OSU) 7-5
Ohio State 5-3; National ranking #11
Texas 8-4; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,3)
Match relocated indoors to Weller Tennis Center due to weather