Feb. 25, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Arizona State, 4-3, Sunday afternoon in the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 on the year with their fourth win in a row over the Sun Devils (5-3). Redshirt freshman Shiori Fukuda and senior Anna Sanford were victorious in both singles and doubles for the Buckeyes, with senior Olivia Sneed securing the team win.
The Buckeyes gained the 1-0 advantage going into singles after clinching the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Freshman Shiori Fukuda won the first singles match for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. The Sun Devils won the next two matches to deadlock the score and the teams traded victories, with senior Anna Sanford prevailing for Ohio State, for a 3-3 match. It came down to court three, where Buckeye senior Olivia Sneed rallied from a set down to win and clinch the team victory.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Melissa Schaub
“We played well. The doubles point was big and we knew that going into the match. I don’t think Arizona State has lost a doubles point yet this season. We played well in certain spots. Our seniors Anna and Olivia have come up really big for us this year – I couldn’t ask for anything more from what they have been able to produce so far. I am really proud of them as well as Shiori being a freshman and playing very well.”
The Ohio State tandem of freshman Emma DeCoste and sophomore Danielle Wolf was the first off the court after posting a 6-2 win over Savannah Slaysman and Sasa Klanecek on court three. On court one, the Buckeyes’ No. 15-ranked pair of Anna Sanford and Shiori Fukuda started off the set against Tereza Kolarova and Nicole Fossa Huergo strong with a 5-1 lead. The Sun Devils came back, winning two games of their own. They then held a 40-0 advantage, looking to cut the Buckeye lead to 5-4. The Buckeyes rallied and won the game on the no-ad point to secure the match and team doubles victory. The Ohio State pair of senior Olivia Sneed and freshman Mary Beth Hurley was down 5-1 on court two when play was abandoned.
Ohio State has won the doubles point in all six matches this season, with Sanford and Fukuda 6-0.
On court two Buckeye Shiori Fukuda won the last three games vs. Ilze Hattingh to pull away and win the first set, 6-3. In the second set, Fukuda also notched a 6-3 win to put the Buckeyes up 2-0.
The second to finish was court five. ASU’s Klanecek swept Buckeye freshman Emma DeCoste in straight sets, 6-1,6-4. On court four, Buckeye freshman Mary Beth Hurley faced No. 107-ranked Savannah Slaysman. The Sun Devil won the first set 6-1 and claimed the second in a tiebreak to tie the team score at two.
On court one against No. 84-ranked Lauryn John-Baptiste, Buckeye senior Anna Sanford won the first set 6-4, breaking on the no-ad point for the game and set. In the second set Sanford posted a 6-3 win to put Ohio State ahead, 3-2.
The two matches left on court were both in a third set. Buckeye sophomore Danielle Wolf faced Tereza Kolarova on court six. The Buckeye won the first set, 6-2, before the Sun Devil forced a third set with a 7-5 victory. In the third set Kolarova prevailed 6-3 to tie the team score at three.
All eyes were on court three for the deciding team point. It was a flashback to last year against Arizona State, when Sneed was in the same situation and clinched the team victory.
Sunday against Nicole Fossa Huergo, No. 72-ranked Sneed rallied after dropping the first set, 7-5. The Buckeye senior claimed the second set, 6-3, and then won the third 6-2 for the team victory.
“It came down to Olivia two years in a row,” Melissa Schaub, Ohio State head coach, said. “She’s confident. She is a senior so she has been in these situations before. I don’t think she played a really good first set, but the last two sets were solid. The match was on the line and she was the one you want out there in that moment.”
The Buckeyes travel to Texas for two matches this weekend. They will face Baylor at 5 p.m. ET Friday in Waco and No. 16 Texas at noon ET Sunday in Austin.
Arizona State vs Ohio State
Feb 25, 2018 at Columbus, Ohio
(OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
#14 Ohio State 4, #22 Arizona State 3
1. Anna Sanford (OSU) def. #84 Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #64 Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. IIze Hattingh (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #72 Olivia Sneed (OSU) def. Nicole Fossa Huergo (ASU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
4. #107 Savannah Slaysman (ASU) def. Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Sasa Klanecek (ASU) def. Emma DeCoste (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Tereza Kolarova (ASU) def. Danielle Wolf (OSU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
1. #15 Anna Sanford/Shiori Fukuda (OSU) def. Tereza Kolarova/Nicole Fossa Huergo (ASU) 6-2
2. Olivia Sneed/Mary Beth Hurley (OSU) vs. Lauryn John-Baptiste/IIze Hattingh (ASU) 1-5, unfinished
3. Danielle Wolf/Emma DeCoste (OSU) def. Savannah Slaysman/Sasa Klanecek (ASU) 6-2
Arizona State 5-3; National ranking #22
Ohio State 5-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,5,4,1,6,3)
Official: Jeri Banks T-2:25 A-115