November 4, 2021

Buckeyes Find Success at #ITAFallNats

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Tournament Central (Live scoring, video, draws)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Buckeye junior Irina Cantos Siemers and freshman Sydni Ratliff  were in San Diego, Calif., for the ITA Fall National Championships.

Cantos Siemers was in the 32-player singles draw and reached the semifinals with three-straight wins, including two in three sets.

In doubles, with 32 teams, the Buckeye duo fell in the first round of the main draw but rebounded with a win in consolation. The tandem then lost in the quarterfinals.

In the first round of singles, Cantos Siemers defeated No. 8 seed Ayana Akli of South Carolina. The Buckeye won the first set, 6-3, but dropped the second, 6-4. Cantos Siemers then won 7-5 in the decisive third set to advance to the Round of 16.

Cantos Siemers notched two wins Friday to advance to the semifinals. In the Round of 16 the Buckeye defeated Abigail Desiatnikov of San Diego, 7-5, 6-2. Cantos Siemers won the final four games of the first set to take control of the match.

In the quarterfinals, Cantos Siemers faced Mell Reasco of Georgia and prevailed in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Saturday, Cantos Siemers took on No. 2 seed Daria Frayman of Princeton. Cantos held off a set point with Frayman serving 5-4 to even the match but the Tiger won the next two games to take the first set 7-5. In the second set Frayman broke in the first game en route to a 6-1 set win to reach the final.

In doubles, the Buckeyes dropped a heartbreaker to No. 2 seed and No. 3-ranked Tatiana Makarova and Jayci Goldsmith of Texas A&M Thursday. Ohio State won the first set, 6-2, before the Aggies forced a match tiebreaker with a 6-4 win in the second set. The Texas A&M duo clinched the match 12-10 to advance to the Round of 16.

In their first consolation match, the Buckeye tandem defeated UCLA’s Elise Wagle and Vanessa Ong, rallying to win in a match tiebreak, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10.

In the quarterfinal round of the consolation draw, Ratliff and Cantos Siemers faced Carly Briggs and Marlee Zein of Florida. The Buckeyes battled but fell, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

The tournament closed out an outstanding fall season for both Cantos Siemers and Ratliff.

Ohio State Buckeyes

ITA Fall National Championships
San Diego, Calif.

Singles

R32: Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Ayana Akli (South Carolina), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
R16: Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Abigail Desiatnikov (USD), 7-5, 6-2
QF: Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Mell Reasco (UGA), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
SF: Daria Frayman (PRIN) def. Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU), 7-5, 6-1

Doubles
R32: Tatiana Makarova/Jayci Goldsmith (TA&M) def. Irina Cantos Siemers/Sydni Ratliff (OSU), 2-6, 6-4, 12-10

Consolation
R16: Irina Cantos Siemers/Sydni Ratliff (OSU) def. Elise Wagle/Vanessa Ong (UCLA), 4-6, 6-4, 12-10
QF: Carly Briggs/Marlee Zein (UF) def. Irina Cantos Siemers/Sydni Ratliff (OSU), 7-6, (2), 6-3