COLUMBUS, Ohio – Moving on. With its second win over a ranked opponent this weekend, the Ohio State women’s tennis team earned a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Sunday, the Buckeyes downed No. 25 Kentucky, 4-1, to claim the ITA Kick-Off Weekend title in Atlanta. Ohio State downed host and No. 13 ranked Georgia Tech, 4-0, Saturday.
Ohio State (2-0) won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead and the Wildcats (5-1) tied the match with a straight set singles victory. The remaining five singles matches all went to a third set, with the Buckeyes winning three, including two come from behind victories.
In doubles, the Wildcats opened with a win on court two. The Buckeye tandem of Mary Beth Hurley and Luna Dormet responded and put the Buckeyes on the board with a 6-3 victory. On court one, Buckeyes Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais prevailed in a tiebreaker, 10-8, on court one to give Ohio State the doubles point.
In singles, Allen pushed the Buckeyes ahead with a three-set win. Hurley and Boulais followed, each rallying to win in a third set to clinch the team victory.
ITA National Team Indoors
The Buckeyes will be making the fourth appearance at ITA National Indoors in program history. The 2017 squad posted home wins during ITA Kick-Off Weekend and the 2016 squad notched two road victories to advance. The team’s first appearance was in 2001.
The 2019 tournament will be held Feb. 8-11 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club in Washington.
This weekend, 15 sites held ITA Kick-Off Weekend events, with the winners advancing to the national event. Host Washington received an automatic bid to complete the 16-team field.
Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub
“Kentucky deserves a ton of credit. That was a ridiculous college tennis match to be a part of. It was intense and I thought both teams competed incredibly hard. I am so proud of this team and what they accomplished today. We are excited to get the opportunity to go and compete at National Indoors.”
The Buckeyes won the doubles point for the second time this weekend.
The Buckeye tandem of Danielle Wolf and Kolie Allen fell on court two against Lesedi Jacobs and Tiphanie Fiquet, 6-1, in the first completed match.
Ohio State’s Mary Beth Hurley and Luna Dormet tied doubles with a win on court three, capturing the final three games for a 6-3 victory over Anastasia Tkachenko and Alexis Merrill.
Doubles came down to court one. The teams were tied at five, with UK pushing ahead 6-5 before the Buckeyes forced a tiebreak. Ohio State’s duo of Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais prevailed over Akvile Parazinskaite and Justina Mikulskyte, 7-6 (10-8), saving match points en route to the win.
The Wildcats tied the match at one when Justina Mikulskyte won 6-0, 6-3 over Shiori Fukuda on court one.
The remaining singles matches all went to a third set, with Ohio State winning three. Freshman Kolie Allen put the Buckeyes ahead 2-1 on court two against Akvile Parazinskaite. The players split the first two sets before Allen pulled away in the third for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
On court six, sophomore Mary Beth Hurley rallied from a set down against Anastasia Tkachenko, dropping just three games in the final two sets combined. She posted a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Freshman Isabelle Boulais clinched Ohio State’s victory with another comeback win. Facing Lesedi Jacobs on court three, the Wildcats won the first set, 6-3. Boulais prevailed 6-4 in the second and third sets for the match and team victory.
Danielle Wolf on court four and Luna Dormet on court five were both in the third set when play was called.
Ohio State opens its home schedule next weekend, hosting Texas at 6 p.m. Friday and Notre Dame at noon Sunday. Both matches will be played in the Varsity Tennis Center and admission is free.
Ohio State vs Kentucky
Jan 27, 2019 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
Ohio State 4, #25 Kentucky 1
Ohio State 2-0
Kentucky 5-1; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,6,3)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championship Match