COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team is on the road this weekend to face No. 15 Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The match will be played in Nashville, Tenn., at the Currey Tennis Courts (1405 25th Avenue South), with free admission. (Live Stats and Live Video)
Ohio State enters the weekend 4-2 after going 1-2 at ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago last weekend, with a win over Michigan and losses to Georgia Tech and Texas. Vanderbilt is 3-2 this season and last played Feb. 8, beating Miami, 4-1.
The Buckeyes are 4-0 all-time vs. Vanderbilt, with a 2-0 record in Nashville. The teams first met in 1976, a 9-0 Buckeye win on the Commodores’ home courts. In 2016, the squads met twice in a week, when the Buckeyes downed the defending national champs 4-3 at ITA Indoors and then won in Columbus, 4-2. In 2017, Ohio State posted a 5-2 win on the road. Ohio State traveled to Nashville for the NCAA Tournament opening rounds in 2015, ’18 and ’19. Last season, the Buckeyes fell to Georgia Tech in Nashville.
In the Rankings
As a team, Ohio State is now 10th in the ITA rankings, starting the year No. 25 and moving to No. 12 after ITA Kickoff Weekend. In the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25, the Buckeyes are 11th. Vanderbilt is ranked No. 15 by the ITA and No. 16 in the USTA Top 25.
No new individual rankings were released this week. In the last rankings released on Feb. 5, three Buckeyes were in the ITA Top 125 singles. Shiori Fukuda was No. eight, freshman Irina Cantos Siemers was in the 62nd spot and Danielle Wolf was No. 99.
Vanderbilt has two ranked singles players, with Georgia Drummy No. 24 and Christina Rosca No. 31. Drummy and Rosca make up the nation’s No. 9-ranked doubles team.
Shiori Fukuda has a team-best 19-6 singles record this season, while she and Danielle Wolf both have four singles wins in dual match play to rank first on the team.
In doubles, Fukuda is first with 10 overall wins, followed by Wolf with nine. In dual play, the tandem of Irina Cantos Siemers and Fukuda are first with three doubles victories.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes are coming off a 1-2 weekend at the ITA Team Indoor Championship, with a win against No. 10 Michigan.
To kick off the weekend, Ohio State fell to then-No. 22 Georgia Tech, 4-1, sending the team into consolation for the remainder of the tournament. The Buckeyes trailed the Yellow Jackets 2-0 after losing the doubles point and first singles match. Kolie Allen put the Buckeyes on the board for a 2-1 match. The Yellow Jackets captured the next two matches, with a three-set victory on court six and second-set tiebreaker win on court two, to advance.
The consolation round set the Buckeyes up for an early-season non-conference match against B1G foe Michigan. After losing the doubles point, the Buckeyes notched four singles wins – from Shiori Fukuda, Danielle Wolf, Isabelle Boulais and Luna Dormet – to defeat the No. 10 Wolverines, 4-3. Four of the six singles matches went to three sets and the doubles point was decided with a tiebreaker. Dormet, playing her first match of the spring, won the first set vs. Lorenzini, 7-5, before losing the second, 6-4. In the third, Dormet led 5-2 before dropping two games to get back on serve. Dormet answered with a break of her own, winning on the no-ad point to claim the set, 6-4, and match and clinch the Buckeye win.
The Buckeyes then faced No. 7 Texas, which ended in a heartbreaker for the Buckeyes, 4-3. After losing the doubles point, the Buckeyes tied the score at 1 with an Irina Cantos Siemers win on court five. The Longhorns posted the next two victories, on courts six and two, for a 3-1 lead. Kolie Allen and Danielle Wolf both answered with straight-set wins for Ohio State, tying the match at 3. The team victory was left up to Buckeye Shiori Fukuda and Longhorn Bianca Turati on court one to decide, ultimately leading to the Texas victory.
Ohio State will host two matches next weekend, taking on Kentucky at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and No. 18 Arizona State at 10 a.m. Feb. 23. Admission is free, with the matches to be played inside the Varsity Tennis Center (880 West Henderson Road).
Last season, the Buckeyes downed Kentucky, 4-1, to claim the ITA Kick-Off Weekend title in Atlanta. Ohio State won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead and the Wildcats tied the match with a straight-set singles victory. The remaining five singles matches all went to a third set, with the Buckeyes winning three, including two come-from-behind victories.
Against the Sun Devils, the Buckeyes won 4-3 in Tempe, Ariz., extending their winning streak over Arizona State to five. Kolie Allen prevailed in a third set on court three to clinch the victory. Danielle Wolf, Luna Dormet and Isabelle Boulais all won in straight sets during singles play for Ohio State.