February 17, 2022

No. 11 Buckeyes Ready to Face Kentucky Friday


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State women’s tennis team will take on Kentucky at 4 p.m. Friday at the Hilary J. Boon Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes are 4-3 on the year, while the Wildcats are 9-0. Live video and live scoring will be available for the match.

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Buckeyes vs. Wildcats

  • Kentucky is 9-0 this season, including a 4-0 win at home over Indiana Tuesday. Eight of the team’s nine matches have been in Lexington.
  • Ohio State is the first ranked opponent on the Wildcats’ schedule.
  • The Buckeyes have won the last three matches vs. Kentucky, including a 4-1 win in Columbus Feb. 21, 2020 in the last meeting. The squads faced off in Atlanta on ITA Kickoff Weekend in 2019 and met in Columbus in 2018, with Ohio State winning both. The last meeting on Kentucky’s home court was in 2014, a 4-2 Wildcat win.
  • The Wildcats’ doubles tandem of Carlota Molina and Elizabeth Stevens is ranked 51st.

Buckeye This and That

  • The Buckeyes were in Madison, Wis., for the ITA Indoor National Championship last weekend. Ohio State dropped its first match to eventual champion North Carolina, 4-1, before topping No. 13 Florida and No. 14 Auburn, with 4-3 wins in each.
  • Isabelle Boulais was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week Tuesday, her second conference weekly award this season. The senior was 2-1 in singles at national indoors, with two three-set wins, including clinching the 4-3 win over the Gators.
  • Lucia Marzal prevailed in three sets against the Tigers to clinch that match, rallying first from a set down and then from a 1-5 deficit in the third.
  • Four Buckeyes were in the most recent ITA singles rankings. Irina Cantos Siemers was sixth, while Isabelle Boulais was a career-best No. 21, freshman Sydni Ratliff was No. 77 and Lucia Marzal was No. 114.
  • This is the first time in program history Ohio State has two players ranked in the Top 25 in singles at the same time. Boulais joins Cantos Siemers, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Shiori Fukuda and Kristy Dascoli as players to be among the Top 25 of the singles rankings.
  • Ohio State was ranked No. 11 for the third poll in a row by the ITA. In the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25, Ohio State was ranked ninth this week.
  • Four of the Buckeyes’ seven matches this season have been decided by 4-3 scores, all against Top 15 teams. The Buckeyes are 2-2 in those contests.
  • Boulais is a team-best 6-1 in dual matches, with Ratliff, Kolie Allen and Cantos Siemers each posting four wins.
  • Freshman Shelly Bereznyak won in singles vs. Auburn for her first collegiate dual match victory.

The Schedule Ahead

  • Ohio State will host No. 5 Pepperdine at noon Feb. 27 in the Ty Tucker Tennis Center. Admission is free to all regular season home matches and live video and scoring will be available.