April 24, 2022

Big Ten Champs! Buckeyes Shut Out Rutgers to Close B1G Slate Undefeated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s tennis team downed Rutgers 4-0 Sunday afternoon to close Big Ten play 11-0, capturing the outright Big Ten regular season title.

This is the Buckeyes’ second Big Ten regular season title in a row after sharing the 2021 crown with Michigan. Ohio State also tied for first in 2017 and won the championships outright in 2016, with 11-0 B1G records in both campaigns. The squad shared the Big Ten regular season title in 2000 for its first championship.

Ohio State, 18-4 overall, will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held Wednesday through Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa. The Buckeyes have a bye to the quarterfinals and will begin play Friday. Ohio State is the defending tournament champion and has three league postseason titles in program history.

Graduate student Luna Dormet, playing her final regular season match in Columbus, was recognized prior to Sunday’s match.

Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub

“I’m really proud of the team. It was a good regular season and was nice to cap it off with a solid match today. It was a really nice Senior Day for Luna. She has battled through so much and it was great to have her out there in singles and doubles. We are excited to get to Iowa and start the postseason this week.”

In Doubles

  • The Buckeyes won quickly on courts one and two for the doubles point and 1-0 lead.
  • On court two, Lucia Marzal and Irina Cantos Siemers shut out Jackeline Lopez and Daira Cardenas.
  • The duo of Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen followed with a 6-1 win over Tess Fisher and Alisa Prinyarux on court one.
  • Rutgers’ duo of Minchae Kim and Sydney Kaplan led Buckeyes Luna Dormet and Kathleen Jones when the doubles point was clinched.

In Singles

  • Ohio State won all six first sets, dropping just eight games combined across all six courts.
  • Marzal put the Buckeyes up 2-0, as she lost just one game in each set against Cardenas on court five. She was 7-2 in B1G dual matches this year.
  • Sydni Ratliff, ranked 63rd, won in straight sets on court three, as she topped Sydney Kaplan, 6-1, 6-3, breaking to win the final game and put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0. The freshman was 8-2 in Big Ten matches this spring.
  • The Buckeyes were up a set and within a game of clinching on three courts.
  • Cantos Siemers was the first to close out her match to clinch the championship. On court one, the No. 8-ranked Buckeye won a close first set vs. Tess Fisher, 6-4. In the second set, Cantos Siemers did not lose a game. She finished the regular season 10-0 in Big Ten singles matches and has 32 wins overall, tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history.
  • Three matches were abandoned. On court two, No. 33-ranked Boulais led Lopez, 6-1, 5-1, and on court six, Luna Dormet was ahead 6-0, 5-3 against Kristiana Zahare. Allen won the first 6-1 and was tied at three vs. Kim on court four.

The Results
Rutgers vs Ohio State
Apr 24, 2022 at Columbus, Ohio
(Auer Tennis Complex)

#10 Ohio State 4, Rutgers 0

Singles competition
1. #8 Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Fisher, Tess (RU) 6-4, 6-0
2. #33 Isabelle Boulais (OSU) vs. Lopez, Jackeline (RU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
3. #63 Sydni Ratliff (OSU) def. Kaplan, Sydney (RU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kolie Allen (OSU) vs. Kim, Minchae (RU) 6-1, 3-3, unfinished
5. Lucia Marzal (OSU) def. Cardenas, Daira (RU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Luna Dormet (OSU) vs. Zahare, Kristiana (RU) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Isabelle Boulais/Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Fisher, Tess/Prinyarux, Alisa (RU) 6-1
2. Lucia Marzal/Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Lopez, Jackeline/Cardenas, Daira (RU) 6-0
3. Luna Dormet/Kathleen Jones (OSU) vs. Kim, Minchae/Kaplan, Sydney (RU) 1-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
Rutgers 5-17, 0-11 B1G
Ohio State 18-4, 11-0 B1G; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,3,1)
Official: Julio Colon T-1:36 A-127