COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Purdue, 4-1, Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. The No. 28-ranked and No. 4-seed Buckeyes will take on the winner of a match between No. 1 seed Northwestern and No. 9 Maryland at noon Saturday in the semifinals. Live scoring of the match will be available HERE.
Ohio State improves to 14-7 this season with the victory over the Boilermakers. Senior Olivia Sneed won in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes, with freshman Shiori Fukuda also notching a straight-set singles win. Senior Anna Sanford clinched the team victory with a three set defeat on court one.
Courts two and three notched wins to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.
The duo of Danielle Wolf and Emma DeCoste wrapped up its match vs. Seira Shimizu and Alex Sabe first, with a 6-2 victory on court three. Olivia Sneed and Mary Beth Hurley followed with a 6-3 win over Ena Babic and Zala Dovnik on court two.
The No. 33-ranked tandem of Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda was leading Silvia Ambrosio and Caitlin Calkins on court one 5-4 when play was called.
Purdue tied the match at one when Seira Shimizu topped Emma DeCoste on court four, 6-1, 6-0
The Buckeyes responded with three straight singles wins for the match victory.
Senior Olivia Sneed quickly put the Buckeyes back ahead, as she defeated Alex Sabe, 6-0, 6-4, on court three. On court two No. 99-ranked Shiori Fukuda was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Ena Babic.
Senior Anna Sanford clinched the match with a three set victory on court one. Facing No. 108-ranked Siliva Ambrosio, No. 55 Sanford posted a 6-3 win in the first set, winning the final four games. The Boilermaker forced a third set with a 6-2 win in the second. In the third, Sanford won five games in a row for a 6-1 victory to send the Buckeyes to the semifinals.
The remaining two matches were both in a third set when play was called. On court five, Buckeye Danielle Wolf dropped the first set in a tiebreaker but rolled through the second, 6-1, against Caitlin Calkins. They were tied at two when play was halted. On court six, Mary Beth Hurley won the first set 6-4 but dropped the second by the same score vs. Zala Dovnik. The Buckeye freshman was leading 3-0 in the third set.
Fukuda is 15-3 this spring, with a 9-1 mark in her last 10 matches. Sanford has a 15-4 record in dual play and clinched Ohio State’s win with a three set victory in two of the last three outings. Sneed is 14-6 in dual match action, going 8-2 in the last 10 matches.
Purdue vs Ohio State
Apr 27, 2018 at Minneapolis, Minn.
(Baseline Tennis Center)
#28 Ohio State 4, Purdue 1
1. #55 Anna Sanford (OSU) def. #108 Silvia Ambrosio (PURDUE) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
2. #99 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Ena Babic (PURDUE) 6-1, 6-3
3. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Alex Sabe (PURDUE) 6-0, 6-4
4. Seira Shimizu (PURDUE) def. Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Danielle Wolf (OSU) vs. Caitlin Calkins (PURDUE) 6-7, 6-1, 2-2, unfinished
6. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) vs. Zala Dovnik (PURDUE) 6-4, 4-6, 3-0, unfinished
1. #33 Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) vs. Silvia Ambrosio/Caitlin Calkins (PURDUE) 5-4, unfinished
2. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Ena Babic/Zala Dovnik (PURDUE) 6-3
3. Danielle Wolf/Emma DeCoste (OSU) def. Seira Shimizu/Alex Sabe (PURDUE) 6-2
Ohio State 14-7; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,2,1)
Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals
Ohio State No. 4 seed, Purdue No. 5