COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Arizona State, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Tennis Center in Tempe, Arizona. The Buckeyes improve to 7-2 on the year, extending their winning streak over Arizona State (5-4) to five.
Buckeye freshman 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.
The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point and went into singles trailing 1-0. Wolf tied the match at 1 with a victory on court five but the Sun Devils pushed ahead with a court one victory. Dormet and Boulais quickly won to give the Buckeyes the lead (3-2). The Sun Devils again tied the match with a win on court six. It came down to court three, as it has the past two meetings between the Sun Devils and the Buckeyes, and Allen won give Ohio State the 4-3 victory.
Quoting Head Coach Melissa Schaub
“I’m proud of what we were able to do today. We didn’t have the best preparation to get ready for this match necessarily, but I thought we competed hard. We need to keep getting better and keep working. It’s a long season.”
The Ohio State tandem of Mary Beth Hurley and Danielle Wolf was the first off the court after a 6-2 loss to Sammi Hampton and Alicea Samantha on court three. On court one, the Buckeyes’ No. 21-ranked pair of Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais started off strong against No. 6-ranked Lauryn John Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh, but the Sun Devils ended victorious, 6-4. The Ohio State pair of Kolie Allen and Luna Dormet was down 4-5 on court two when play was abandoned.
On court five Buckeye Danielle Wolf sped through her matchup with Sammi Hampton, defeating the Sun Devil 6-2, 6-4, tying the match.
The second to finish was court one, where ASU’s Ilze Hattingh took down No. 72 Shiori Fukuda in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. On court four, Buckeye sophomore Luna Dormet faced Savannah Slaysman. She won a close first set, 7-5, before dropping just one game in the second set to again tie the match. On court two against Lauryn John-Baptiste, Isabelle Boulais won the first set 7-5 and prevailed in the second, 6-2, to put Ohio State ahead, 3-2.
That left two matches on court, one in its second set and one in the third. Buckeye Mary Beth Hurley faced Samantha Alicea on court six, where the Sun Devil won a close match, 7-5, 6-4, to tie the match once again.
The match came down to court three. It was a flashback to the last two years against Arizona State. In 2017, Buckeye junior Olivia Sneed was in the same situation and clinched the team victory and in 2018, when Sneed was a senior, she was on the same court, same situation and once again pulled out the victory for the Buckeyes.
Today, it was freshman Kolie Allen against Tereza Kolarova. The Buckeye won the first set, 6-3, and the Sun Devil won the second, 6-4, to send it to a deciding set. In the third, Allen broke for a 5-4 lead and held for a 6-4 victory to claim the victory for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes remain in Tempe to face the TCU Horned Frogs at noon ET Sunday.
Ohio State vs Arizona State University
2/23/2019 at Tempe, Ariz.
(Whiteman Tennis Center)
#11 Ohio State 4, Arizona State University 3
Ohio State 7-2; National ranking #11
Arizona State University 5-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,1,2,4,6,3)