COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis is slated to take on UNLV at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nev. Live scoring and video are not available for the match.
Ohio State enters the match on an eight-match winning streak and is 11-2 this season. UNLV is 9-5 on the year, with a 7-1 mark at home.
BUCKEYES BACK HOME SUNDAY
The Buckeyes will open Big Ten play at noon Sunday when they host Penn State. The match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts but will be moved into the Varsity Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free at both venues.
IN THE RANKINGS
After a week at No. 10, Ohio State was No. 13 in the newest Oracle/ITA Rankings released Tuesday.
Last week new singles and doubles rankings were released. The Buckeyes have three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Kolie Allen is ranked No. 62, with Isabelle Boulais at No. 71 and Shiori Fukuda at No. 80.
In doubles, Fukuda and Boulais are ranked 19th, while the tandem of Fukuda and Luna Dormet are No. 72.
In the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 released last Wednesday, the Buckeyes were ranked 10th.
UNLV is 9-5 this season and has just one loss at home, a 4-3 setback against San Diego Saturday. The Rebels defeated Michigan State last Friday, 4-3.
The doubles team of Aiwen Zhu and En-Pei Huang is ranked 49th, with Zhu No. 91 in singles.
Ohio State is 2-1 all-time vs. UNLV, with all three matches on the road. The Buckeyes posted a 6-1 win in 2014 and a 4-3 victory in 2001, with a 5-2 Rebels victory in 2004.
BY THE NUMBERS
Kolie Allen leads the Buckeyes with a 12-1 record in dual matches, while Isabelle Boulais is 10-2. Luna Dormet (9-2) and Shiori Fukuda (9-3) both have nine wins to tie for third in dual play.
In doubles, Danielle Wolf is first on the team with nine dual doubles wins, followed by Boulais and Dormet with eight each and Allen with seven. Boulais and Shiori Fukuda have five wins as a pair to lead the squad.
The Buckeyes have combined for a 12-1 record at No. 2 and are 12-0 at No. 3. The squad is 9-3 on courts 4, 5 and 6 and 7-5 on court one. In doubles, the squad is 8-3 on court two, 7-3 on court one and 7-4 on court three. The squad has won the doubles point in 10 of 13 games this spring.
Francesca Di Lorenzo, a national champion and three-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 2015-17, is currently playing on the WTA Tour. A native of New Albany, Ohio, Di Lorenzo is currently ranked No. 167 in the world in singles, just below the career-high 150 she was ranked in October 2018. She is currently No. 313 in doubles and reached a high of 244 in June 2018.
Recently, Di Lorenzo had an outstanding run at the WTA Oracle Challenger $125K tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. She battled to wins over three WTA Top 120 ranked players – all in three sets – to reach the tournament quarterfinals. In Indian Wells, Di Lorenzo defeated No. 118 Nao Hibino of Japan, No. 93 Lin Zhu of China and No. 114 Timea Bacinszky, a two-time French Open semifinalist (2015, ’17) and 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinalist who has been ranked Top 10 in the world. Di Lorenzo’s run came to an end against No. 96 ranked and No. 11 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazkhstan in the quarterfinals.
Read more on Di Lorenzo HERE.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State last played March 3, defeating Baylor in Columbus, 5-2. Ohio State won the doubles point with victories on court three from Danielle Wolf and Luna Dormet and on court one from Shiori Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais.
In singles, Emma Decoste, Mary Beth Hurley and Kolie Allen all won in straight sets to clinch the Buckeye victory. Fukuda notched the final Buckeye win, prevailing in a super tiebreaker. Both Isabelle Boulais and Dormet fell in super tiebreakers.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
Can’t make it to a home match this season? Live video and scoring for all matches inside the Varsity Tennis Center are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with a link on the women’s tennis page. Outdoor matches in Columbus will have live scoring available. Links for live scoring/video for away matches, when available, will be on the women’s tennis page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com as well.
Keep up to date on the team’s social media accounts – @OhioStateWTEN on Twitter and Instagram and
OhioStateWomensTennis on Facebook. #GoBucks