COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Oracle ITA Division I Preseason Rankings for singles and doubles were released Wednesday. Ohio State women’s tennis sophomore Irina Cantos Siemers is No. 72 in the singles rankings and is joined by Buckeye junior Kolie Allen to make up the nation’s 42nd-ranked doubles tandem.
In the team rankings released Thursday, the Buckeyes are No. 13. Ohio State is the highest ranked Big Ten team and is joined in the Top 25 by No. 22 Michigan.
Cantos Siemers, from Barcelona, ended her freshman season ranked 73rd in singles. She was 15-9 as a rookie, with a 7-2 record in dual matches, and reached a high of No. 54 in the ITA rankings last season.
The duo of Cantos Siemers and Allen, a native of Lombard, Illinois, finished the 2020 campaign at No. 61 in the ITA doubles rankings. The Buckeyes were 4-3 overall as a team in 2020, with a 3-2 mark in dual matches, all on court one. Included in their victories was a win over the nation’s No. 9-ranked duo from Vanderbilt.
The Buckeyes open this season in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Invitational, a hidden dual event held Saturday through Monday where they will be joined by the host Wolverines, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Ohio State’s dual match season starts with ITA Kickoff Weekend in Columbus. The first round matches are set for Jan. 23, with consolation and championship play Jan. 24.