COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 25-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team opened its season with a 4-0 win over No. 24 Wake Forest in the first round of ITA Kickoff Weekend in Stillwater, Okla. The Buckeyes will take on host No. 10 Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. ET Sunday for a spot at ITA National Indoors. (Video | Live Scoring)
Against the Demon Deacons, the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point with wins over ranked teams on courts three and one. The tandem of Kolie Allen and Isabelle Boulais downed the No. 10-ranked team from Wake Forest, winning in a tiebreak to clinch the point, along with a victory from Kathleen Jones and Danielle Wolf over the No. 46-ranked duo, for the 1-0 Buckeye lead. Mary Beth Hurley and Shiori Fukuda pushed the lead to 3-0 before Boulais clinched the team victory.
Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub
“It was a really solid match today – a total team effort and that’s always what you are looking for to start the season. We knew Wake Forest was going to be tough. I’m really proud of the effort we gave. Everyone stayed in there and competed hard. For Isabelle to clinch the match the way she did – breaking at 5-all and then serving it out – was unbelievable,. That’s not an easy thing to do. We have to get ready for tomorrow. This isn’t an easy place to come play and we need to be ready.”
Quoting Buckeye sophomore Isabelle Boulais
“It was a massive team effort from everyone today. I’m so proud of the whole team – everyone fighting on and off the court. We’ve been working really hard this fall and leading up to this match so it’s great to see our hard work start to pay off. We are definitely happy about our win today but we’re not done yet.”
Wake Forest vs Ohio State
Jan 25, 2020 at Stillwater, Okla.
#25 Ohio State 4, #24 Wake Forest 0
Wake Forest 2-1; National ranking #24
Ohio State 1-0; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,1,3)
ITA Kickoff Weekend, round 1