COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team was clipped by Minnesota, 4-3, in a Big Ten match Friday in Minneapolis. The No. 30-ranked Buckeyes are now 9-6 overall this year and 3-3 in conference play. The Gophers are 12-8 and 4-2 in league action.
Ohio State closes out the weekend with a match at Wisconsin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point for just the third time this season. The Gopher duo of Tina Kreinis and Anne Marie Emme topped Buckeyes Olivia Sneed and Mary Beth Hurley, 6-2, on court two. The court three match followed, as River Hart and Caroline Ryba defeated Maria Tyrina and Danielle Wolf, 6-3. The Buckeyes’ 25th-ranked tandem of Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda was tied 5-all with Mehvish Safdar and Caitlyn Merzbacher when play was halted.
The Gophers went ahead 3-0 with singles wins on courts six and one. Hurley lost to Cammy Frei on court six, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 62-ranked Sanford was defeated 6-1, 6-3, by Ryba, on court one.
Ohio State won the next three matches to tie the team score at three. Sneed put the Buckeyes on the board, defeating Emme, 6-3, 6-4, on court three. No. 97-Fukuda was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Kreinis at No. 2. On court six, Hurley topped Cammy Frei, 6-4, 6-2.
The match came down to court four between Wolf and Barbara Mancera. The Gopher won the first set, 6-2. Wolf fought back in the second and the set went to a tiebreaker, but Mancera clinched the match with an 8-6 victory in the breaker for the team win.
Ohio State vs Minnesota
Apr 06, 2018 at Minneapolis, Minn.
(Baseline Tennis Center)
Minnesota 4, #30 Ohio State 3
1. Caroline Ryba (MINN) def. #62 Anna Sanford (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. #97 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Tina Kreinis (MINN) 6-4, 6-0
3. Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Anne Marie Emme (MINN) 6-3, 6-4
4. Barbara Mancera (MINN) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) def. Andrea Ballinger (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) def. Cammy Frei (MINN) 6-4, 6-2
1. Mehvish Safdar/Caitlyn Merzbacher (MINN) vs. Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Tina Kreinis/Anne Marie Emme (MINN) def. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-2
3. River Hart/Caroline Ryba (MINN) def. Maria Tyrina/Danielle Wolf (OSU) 6-3
Ohio State 9-6, 3-3 B1G; National ranking #30
Minnesota 12-8, 4-2 B1G