COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the doubles point and three three-set wins, the No. 13-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated No. 10 Virginia, 4-2, Sunday in the Ty Tucker Tennis Center to earn a berth in the ITA Team Indoor Championship. The match between the Buckeyes (2-0) and Cavaliers (1-1) was the championship of the Columbus site of ITA Kickoff Weekend.
Against the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes won the doubles point with victories on courts one and three for the early 1-0 lead. Virginia then pushed ahead 2-1 with straight-set wins on courts six and one. The remaining four singles matches went to a third set. Buckeye sophomore Irina Cantos Siemers notched a win over the nation’s 11th-ranked player on court two to tie the match at two. Lisa Hofbauer posted a win on court three for a 3-2 Ohio State lead. The final two matches had nearly simultaneous match points, with Lucia Marzal clinching the Buckeye win on court four.
Hofbauer and Marzal led the Buckeyes with two singles wins each during ITA Kickoff Weekend. Marzal and Cantos Siemers teamed up to go a team-best 2-0 in doubles. The Buckeyes opened the weekend and their dual match slate with a 4-0 win over Syracuse Saturday.
The Buckeyes will be making their fifth appearance at the ITA Team Indoor Championship in the last six years, including the third in a row. The 2021 edition, with an eight-team field, will be Feb. 5-7 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State.
Quoting Head Coach Melissa Schaub
“I’m just so proud of the team. They fought for everything out there and we couldn’t ask for anything more from them. Virginia is a very good team and that was a four hour battle. Matches like this are what make college tennis everything that it is. I hope we can take this win as motivation to get right back to work.”
— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) January 24, 2021
— ITA (@ITA_Tennis) January 24, 2021
Virginia vs Ohio State
Jan 24, 2021 at Columbus, Ohio
(Ty Tucker Tennis Center)
#13 Ohio State 4, #10 Virginia 2
Virginia 1-1; National ranking #10
Ohio State 2-0; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,1,2,3,4)
ITA Kickoff Weekend Championship
Official: Mark Anderson T-3:36 A-31