March 21, 2019

No. 14 Buckeyes Set for Two B1G Matches this Weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (12-2, 1-0 B1G) returns to action this weekend with two matches. Friday, the squad travels for its second B1G Ten match of the season, taking on Nebraska at 5 p.m. ET in Lincoln, Neb. Sunday, the Buckeyes will face Iowa at noon in Columbus. The home match is slated to be played outdoors at the Varsity Tennis Courts but will be moved indoors to the Varsity Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free for the match in Columbus.

Ohio State at Nebraska: Live Scoring | Live Video

Ohio State vs. Iowa: Live Scoring | Live Video (if indoors)

The Buckeyes This Spring
Ohio State is 12-2 on the year, with a 1-0 ledger in Big Ten play, and enters the weekend on a nine-match winning streak. The Buckeyes have posted a 7-1 home record and are 5-1 away from Columbus.

Freshman Kolie Allen leads the team with 12 dual match wins, closely followed by classmates Isabelle Boulais with 11 wins, while redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukuda and sophomore Luna Dormet each have 10 victories. Danielle Wolf is on a team-best seven-match winning streak and Fukuda and Mary Beth Hurley have won their last five completed matches.

In doubles, the duo of Boulais and Fukuda have a team-best five dual wins, while Allen and Andrea Ballinger and Dormet and Wolf both have 3-0 records in dual matches as tandems.

The Buckeyes have combined for a 13-1 record at No. 2 and are 12-1 at No. 3. The squad is 10-3 on courts 4, 5 and 6 and 8-5 on court one. In doubles, the squad is 9-3 on court two, 7-3 on court one and 8-4 on court three. The team has won the doubles point in 11 of 14 matches this spring.

Buckeyes in the Rankings
The ITA released its new rankings Tuesday. As a team, Ohio State is No. 14. Big Ten teams joining Ohio State in the Top 50 are No. 20 Northwestern, No. 24 Michigan and No. 34 Illinois.

In the newest singles rankings, Isabelle Boulais is No. 55, Kolie Allen is No. 61 and Shiori Fukuda is ranked 78th. Fukuda and Boulais are the 35th-ranked doubles team.

In the USTA poll released Wednesday, the Buckeyes are No. 9.

The Buckeye Opponents

Nebraska

  • Nebraska is 8-10 on the year. The team is 8-5 at home, with wins over Creighton, Kansas City, South Dakota, Wyoming, Drake, Colorado State, North Dakota and Louisville.
  • Nebraska is 0-2 in Big Ten play after road losses at Michigan and Michigan State last weekend.
  • Last season, the were 18-6.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-7 all-time vs. Nebraska, with a 5-3 mark since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Last season, Nebraska posted a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes in Columbus.

Iowa

  • Iowa enters this weekend 8-7 before traveling to Columbus for Sunday’s match. The squad is 4-1 at home and 3-4 in away matches this year, with a 1-2 neutral site mark.
  • The Hawkeyes have played three conference matches, falling to Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan.
  • The Buckeyes are 23-23 all-time vs. Iowa, including a 6-1 road victory a season ago, part of a stretch of five consecutive wins over the Hawkeyes.

Last Time Out
Ohio State last played Sunday, downing Penn State, 6-1, in Columbus, in its first Big Ten match of the season

Against the Nittany Lions, Ohio State won the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukuda and freshman Isabelle Boulais both won their singles matches in straight sets. Redshirt junior Danielle Wolf clinched the Ohio State victory and Luna Dormet and Mary Beth added singles wins for the 6-1 final.

Looking Ahead
Ohio State will continue its stretch of Big Ten matches the following weekend, traveling to Michigan State March 29 and facing Michigan in Ann Arbor March 31.

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