COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16 Ohio State women’s tennis team lost to No. 4 Duke, 4-3, in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Round of 16 Friday in Seattle. The Buckeyes are now 3-2 this season, with Duke 6-0.
Ohio State is slated for two more matches in Seattle. Check ITATennis.com for updated tournament information and schedule. Winter weather forced changes to the matches today and are expected throughout the weekend.
Because of the adjusted tournament schedule, the match between the Buckeyes and No. 3 seed Blue Devils started with singles. The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 but posted three straight singles wins – all over Top 25 players – to take a 3-2 lead. The Blue Devils prevailed in a third set on court five to send the match to doubles. In doubles, the teams split the first two matches but Duke won on court three to claim the doubles point and the match.
Quoting Coach Melissa Schaub
“We competed hard out there. Duke is a good team and in some big moments I thought they played more aggressively. We have some really good fighters and we are going to keep getting better.”
Duke took a 2-0 lead with straight set wins on courts 4 and 6. On court four, Danielle Wolf fell to No. 100 Kaitlyn McCarthy, 6-0, 6-0, and on court six Mary Beth Hurley was defeated by Ellyse Hamlin, 6-1, 6-1.
Ohio State won the next three matches to go ahead 3-2.
Kolie Allen, after dropping the first set 6-1 to No. 21 Kelly Chen, lost just five games the rest of the way to put the Buckeyes on the board. The freshman won 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, on court three.
Freshman Isabelle Boulais tied the match at two with a victory on court one against No. 11-ranked Maria Mateas. Boulais claimed the first set 7-5 and won the second, 6-4.
Sophomore Shiori Fukuda rallied for a victory on court two against No. 8-ranked Meible Chi. The Blue Devil won the first set, 6-3, but the Buckeye tied the match with a 6-3 win and then prevailed in the third, 6-4.
On court five, sophomore Luna Dormet, ranked 99th, dropped the first set 6-4 against Margaryta Bilokin, but won the second, 7-5, to force a third set. In a back and forth set, the Blue Devil prevailed, 6-4, tying the match and sending it to doubles.
Freshmen Allen (5-0) and Boulais (4-0) both remain undefeated in singles dual matches.
The teams split 6-1 doubles matches on courts one and two.
The Blue Devil tandem of Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin topped Buckeyes Kolie Allen and Luna Dormet on court two. On court one, the Ohio State duo of Isabelle Boulais and Shiori Fukuda, ranked 29th, prevailed over No. 30 Maria Mateas and Margaryta Bilokin.
On court three, Duke’s Kelly Chen and Meible Chen won 6-2 over Danielle Wolf and Mary Beth Hurley to capture the doubles point and give Duke the team victory.
Boulais and Fukuda are 4-0 in dual matches this season.
Ohio State vs Duke
Feb 08, 2019 at Seattle, Wash.
#4 Duke 4, #16 Ohio State 3
Ohio State 3-2; National ranking #16
Duke 6-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,6,3,1,2,5)
ITA National Team Indoors Round of 16