May 2, 2019

Buckeyes Set for Match vs. Georgia Tech in NCAA First Round


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 25-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (19-6), making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, travels to Nashville for the first and second rounds, hosted by Vanderbilt this weekend.

The No. 25-ranked Buckeyes will take on No. 41 Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. ET Friday, followed by a 4 p.m. match between No. 8 Vanderbilt, the tournament’s overall No. 8 seed, and Miami (Ohio). The winners will meet at 2 p.m. ET Saturday for a spot in the super regional round.

Links for live scoring and video from all matches will be available HERE.

Buckeyes in the NCAA Tourney

  • Ohio State is making the sixth consecutive and 16th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
  • Ohio State also traveled to Nashville for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, falling to Oklahoma in the first round, 4-3, and was in Nashville last season, suffering a 4-1 loss to Clemson in the first round.
  • The team’s first NCAA appearance was in 1996. The squad qualified six years in a row from 1999-04, had a three-year stretch from 2008-10 and began the most recent streak in 2014.
  • Under head coach Melissa Schaub, the Buckeyes are 7-5 in NCAA play and have both quarterfinal and semifinal appearances.
  • All-time, six Buckeye senior classes have participated in the NCAA Tournament all four years, with Andrea Ballinger, the lone Buckeye senior this year, joining the group this season.
  • Ohio State is one of five Big Ten schools in the NCAA Tournament this year, joining Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Buckeyes in the Rankings

  • The most recent ITA rankings were released Tuesday, with Ohio State No. 25 as a team.
  • Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 are No. 16 Michigan, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 30 Illinois and No. 35 Wisconsin.
  • In the singles rankings released this week, Isabelle Boulais is No. 56, Kolie Allen is No. 100 and Shiori Fukuda is No. 110.
  • In doubles, Fukuda and Boulais are ranked 40th. Boulais and Danielle Wolf are No. 89.
  • In this week’s USTA rankings, Ohio State is 22nd.

Buckeyes Honored by the B1G

  • The Big Ten announced its annual award winners Thursday.
  • Isabelle Boulais was named co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She is the fifth Buckeye to be selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the fourth in the last six years, joining Shiori Fukuda (2018), Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016) and Gabriella DeSantis (2014). Kristy Dascoli was the Buckeyes’ first honoree in 1998.
  • Boulais and Fukuda were both unanimous All-Big Ten selections. Fukuda is now a two-time All-Big Ten selection and the fifth from Ohio State to be recognized on the first team as both a freshman and sophomore.
  • Luna Dormet received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.

Buckeyes vs. Yellow Jackets

  • Ohio State is 4-3 all-time vs. Georgia Tech. In January, the teams met in Atlanta in the first round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0. Also this season, the Buckeyes and Yellow Jackets both competed in the Michigan Invitational in January, with the teams splitting eight singles matches and Ohio State claiming three of four doubles matches, and faced off in the Debbie Southern Fall Invitational hosted by Furman in the fall.
  • The squads met in the 2016 NCAA Tournament Round of 16, a 4-2 Buckeye victory in Tulsa, Okla.
  • The Buckeyes posted their first win over the Yellow Jackets in 2015, a 4-3 Ohio State victory in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won the first three meetings, with victories in Columbus in 2005, in Atlanta in 2004 and in Coral Gables, Fla., in 1999.
  • Georgia Tech has one ranked singles player, with Kenya Jones No. 9 nationally.
  • The Yellow Jackets, who are making their 20th consecutive NCAA appearance, are 12-12 this season and were 7-7 in ACC play. The squad lost to Syracuse, 4-3, in the ACC Tournament April 18 in its last time out.

Buckeyes vs. Commodores

  • Ohio State is 4-0 all-time vs. Vanderbilt, with the last meeting a 5-2 Ohio State win Feb. 5, 2017 in Nashville. In 2016 the teams met in ITA National Indoors, a 4-3 Buckeye victory, and in Columbus the following week, with Ohio State posting a 4-2 win. The other meeting was in 1976, with Ohio State winning 9-0 on the road.
  • Vanderbilt has five ranked singles players – No. 6 Fernanda Contreras, No. 18 Christina Rosca, No. 64 Georgia Drummy, No. 93 Amanda Meyer and No. 117 Emily Smith. Three teams are ranked in doubles – No. 38 Smith and Emma Kurtz, No. 63 Smith and Contreras and No. 74 Contreras and Summer Dvorak.
  • The Commodores, the NCAA runner-up a season ago, are 15-6 overall this season and were 10-3 in the SEC. The squad last played April 14, falling to Georgia in the SEC Tournament semifinals.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks

  • Ohio State is 26-13 all-time against Miami. The teams last played Feb. 11, 2007, a 7-0 Ohio State win in Columbus. The first meeting was April 6, 1974, a 7-1 Ohio State victory.
  • Miami is 12-10 overall this year and was 6-1 in the MAC to win the regular season title. The squad captured the MAC tournament title with a 4-3 victory over Akron April 28.
  • This is the sixth NCAA appearance for Miami in program history.

Buckeye This and That

As a team

  • The squad is 19-6 overall and last played April 26, when it fell to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, 4-0.
  • The Buckeyes have a 3-2 record on neutral courts this year, with wins over Kentucky during ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Syracuse at National Indoors and TCU in Arizona.
  • Ohio State played 10 teams that earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament this year (including three host schools), going 5-6 vs. the group. The squad had wins over Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Syracuse and Wisconsin and lost to Michigan, Texas, Duke, Illinois and Northwestern (twice).

In Singles

  • Six Buckeyes have 10+ dual match singles wins this spring and the team has combined for a 98-38 record in dual matches.
  • Led by a 15-2 record from Allen, the Buckeyes are 19-3 on court three this spring. On court five, Ohio State’s players have combined for an 18-6 ledger, while on court two the team has totaled an 18-7 record.
  • Freshman Kolie Allen is first on the squad with 19 dual match wins, with Shiori Fukuda second with 17.
  • Luna Dormet ranks third with 16, followed by Isabelle Boulais with 15, Danielle Wolf with 14 and Mary Beth Hurley with 13.
  • Allen, Fukuda, Hurley and Wolf lead the Buckeyes with six wins each in the last 10 matches.
  • Five of the Buckeyes have 20+ wins overall this year, led by Dormet with 27. Wolf has 24, Fukuda has 23, Hurley has 22 and Allen has 21.

In Doubles

  • The duo of Isabelle Boulais and Danielle Wolf leads the squad with nine dual match wins (9-2), while Kolie Allen and Andrea Ballinger are 7-4.
  • Ohio State has won the doubles point in 16 matches this spring.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-8 on court two, with 12-8 marks on courts one and three.
  • Wolf leads the Buckeyes with 16 dual match doubles victories, followed by Boulais with 14 and Dormet and Allen with 13 each.
  • Overall, Wolf is first on the team with 25 doubles victories this year, followed by Dormet with 24.

Academic Standouts

  • At the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner last month, eight Buckeyes were recognized as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
  • The Buckeyes honored were Kolie Allen, Andrea Ballinger, Isabelle Boulais, Emma DeCoste, Luna Dormet, Shiori Fukuda, Mary Beth Hurley and Danielle Wolf.
  • Ballinger and Wolf were both recognized for the third time, while Fukuda and Hurley are now two-time honorees.