COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first ITA rankings of the 2021-22 season, the Ohio State women’s tennis team has both a Top 10 singles player and Top 15 doubles duo. Irina Cantos Siemers comes in at No. 7 in the singles rankings and the tandem of Kolie Allen and Isabelle Boulais is No. 12 in the doubles rankings. Boulais is also ranked No. 105 in singles.
Cantos Siemers, from Barcelona, Spain, is the highest-ranked Buckeye since Shiori Fukuda was No. 8 Feb. 5, 2020. The current junior notched the highest preseason ranking for a Buckeye since Francesca Di Lorenzo started the 2017 campaign ranked third. Last year Cantos Siemers began the year No. 78. She moved to No. 15 in the first rankings of the spring, reaching a high of No. 10, and ended the year 14th.
The duo of Boulais and Allen is the first Buckeye team in the ITA Top 15 since Fukuda and Anna Sanford were No. 15 Feb. 20, 2018. The No. 12 ranking for the tandem of current seniors is the highest for the squad since Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase ended the 2017 campaign ranked third after winning the NCAA title. Boulais and Allen ended the 2021 campaign No. 39, the highest ranking for the duo last year.
Last season, Cantos Siemers earned All-America honors after a campaign that saw her named First Team All-Big Ten and selected for the NCAA Singles Championship. She was 17-6 in dual matches and 22-6 overall in 2021. Earlier this week, Cantos Siemers was announced as one of the selections for the ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
Boulais and Allen were selected to compete in the 2021 NCAA Doubles Championship. The tandem was 15-4 overall last season, with a 15-3 record in dual matches. Boulais, who was12-6 overall in singles last season, was an All-Big Ten honoree for the second time in her career.
Last year Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament title and was the regular season co-champion. The squad hosted NCAA first and second round matches and reached the Round of 16. The Buckeyes return eight players from last year’s team and has added three freshmen.
The Buckeyes open the season in the Debbie Southern tournament hosted by Furman in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 17-19.