COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team fell to Michigan, 4-1, Sunday in Ann Arbor. The loss ended a 12-match winning streak for the Buckeyes, who are now 15-3 on the year and 4-1 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines move to 11-4 overall and 7-0 in B1G play.
The Buckeyes open a four-match homestand next weekend. The squad will face Wisconsin Friday, Minnesota Sunday, Purdue April 12 and Indiana April 14. The matches are scheduled for the Varsity Tennis Courts outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will be moved inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free at both facilities. Check OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Ohio State women’s tennis social media pages on the day of the match for the location.
Against Michigan, Ohio State dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and two. Michigan won 6-3 on court one, with No. 76-ranked Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor defeating the Buckeyes’ No. 35-ranked duo of Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais. On court two, Ohio State’s duo of Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger fell 6-4 to Giulia Pairone and Anca Craciun. Danielle Wolf and Luna Dormet were up 5-4 on court three against Chiara Lommer and Alyvia Jones when play was suspended.
It was just the fifth time the Buckeyes dropped the doubles point this season.
The Wolverines went ahead 2-0 when Danielle Wolf fell to No. 29-ranked Brienne Minor, 6-2, 7-5. The Buckeyes answered, as Luna Dormet took down Anca Craciun on court five, 6-4, 6-3.
On court three Buckeye Shiori Fukuda, ranked 78th, faced No. 21 Chiara Lommer. Fukuda dropped the first set 6-4. She came from behind to even the second at five, but Lommer won the final two games for a 7-5 set win to push UM’s lead to 3-1.
On court two, Ohio State freshman Kolie Allen, ranked 61st, took on No. 107 Gilia Pairone of Michigan. Pairone won the first set, 6-4, and claimed the second, 7-5, to clinch the team win.
The two matches on court were both in a third set, with Ohio State winning the second set in both, when play was called. On court one against No. 4 Kate Fahey, No. 55 Isabelle Boulais dropped the first set 6-4 but won the second, 6-3. Set three was tied at two games each. On court six, Mary Beth Hurley dropped the first set, 6-3, before claiming the second, 6-4. Hurley won the first game of the third before the match was suspended.
Ohio State vs Michigan
Mar 31, 2019 at Ann Arbor, Mich.
(Varsity Tennis Center)
Michigan 4, #19 Ohio State 1
1. #4 Kate Fahey (UM) vs. #55 Isabelle Boulais (OSU) 6-4, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
2. #107 Giulia Pairone (UM) def. #61 Kolie Allen (OSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. #21 Chiara Lommer (UM) def. #78 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) 6-4, 7-5
4. #29 Brienne Minor (UM) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
5. Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Anca Craciun (UM) 6-4, 6-3
6. Alyvia Jones (UM) vs. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-3, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
1. #76 Kate Fahey/Brienne Minor (UM) def. #35 Isabelle Boulais/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) 6-3
2. Giulia Pairone/Anca Craciun (UM) def. Kolie Allen/Andrea Ballinger (OSU) 6-4
3. Chiara Lommer/Alyvia Jones (UM) vs. Danielle Wolf/Luna Dormet (OSU) 4-5, unfinished
Ohio State 15-3, 4-1 B1G; National ranking #19
Michigan 11-4, 7-0 B1G
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,3,2)