COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team moved up in the ITA rankings from No. 5 to No. 2. The new team rankings were released Tuesday, along with new singles and doubles rankings, highlighting three Buckeye individuals and one duo.
The Buckeyes, now 8-3 on the year, moved to No. 2 after defeating then-No. 2-ranked Florida State, 4-3, Sunday in a match that lasted over four hours. The rollercoaster ride of a match was a part of USTA’s College MatchDay series, where the Seminoles claimed the doubles point, and Ohio State’s Shiori Fukuda, Danielle Wolf, Luna Dormet and Kolie Allen all won their singles matches to earn the Buckeye victory. The last time the Buckeyes were ranked as high as No. 2 in the ITA rankings was May 4, 2017. North Carolina is the only team ahead of the Buckeyes.
Of the Buckeyes’ first 11 matches this season, nine have been against teams in the ITA Top 25 (five in the Top 10) at the time of the match, along with two teams ranked in the Top 50. The nine teams were still ranked in the Top 25 in the most recent rankings (seven in the Top 10).
In singles, redshirt junior Shiori Fukuda stays locked in at No. 11 for the second consecutive time. Fukuda won both of her singles and one of her doubles matches last weekend. Fukuda downed Purdue’s Ena Babic, 6-0, 6-0, in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener. She also sealed a point against Florida State’s Emmanuelle Salas, 6-3, 6-1, quickly tying the score after the Seminoles earned the doubles point. Fukuda and partner Luna Dormet defeated FSU’s No. 58-ranked Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia, 6-4, and went unfinished in their match against Purdue. In singles, Fukuda leads the Buckeyes with a 23-7 overall record this year and an 8-3 dual match ledger.
Next up in the rankings is redshirt senior Danielle Wolf, coming in at No. 62. Wolf won both of her matches on court two last week and picked up a doubles win. Against Purdue, Wolf and partner Isabelle Boulais took down Alex Sabe and Ena Babic, 6-1. Wolf also won against the Boilermaker’s Seira Shimizu, 6-3, 6-1, clinching the team win. In the faceoff against the then-No. 2 Seminoles, Wolf bumped the team to a 2-1 lead after beating Petra Hule, 6-3, 6-2. Wolf is 6-2 in dual play this spring and 12-6 overall this year.
Coming in next is freshman Irina Cantos Siemers at No. 73. Cantos Siemers went 1-1 in both her singles and doubles matches last week. In Big Ten play at Purdue, Cantos Siemers won in singles and doubles. In singles, Cantos Siemers took down Zala Dovnik, 6-4, 6-2, on court four. She won her doubles match on court one with her partner Kolie Allen. The rookie is 14-9 overall in 2019-20 and 6-2 in dual match play.
Allen and Cantos Siemers are ranked No. 61 in doubles and are 3-1 on court one this spring. The duo made the rankings for the first time Feb. 19 after upsetting the then-No. 9 ranked Vanderbilt duo of Christina Rosca and Georgia Drummy. The Buckeye tandem went 1-1 last week, notching a win against Purdue’s Nathalia Wolf Gasparin and Zala Dovnik, 6-1.
The Buckeyes will return to Big Ten play with a home match vs. No. 29 Northwestern at noon Saturday. The match will be played inside the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road). Admission is free. The squads met twice last season, with the Wildcats winning 5-2 in the regular season and 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.