January 20, 2023

No. 17 Buckeyes Host No. 4 Oklahoma to Open Dual Play


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State women’s tennis team will take on No. 4 Oklahoma at 11a.m. Sunday in the Ty Tucker Center. The match opens the Buckeyes’ 2023 dual schedule, while the Sooners are 3-0 and will play at No. 20 Michigan Friday before traveling to Columbus Sunday.

Admission and parking are free to all regular season home matches in the Ty Tucker Tennis Center. A live scoreboard and video stream will be available HERE.

Buckeyes vs. Sooners

  • Ohio State is 1-2 all-time against Oklahoma.
  • The teams last met May 8, 2015 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Vanderbilt, a 4-3 Sooner victory.
  • Oklahoma won 4-0 Feb. 27, 2011 at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., and the Buckeyes took the first match between the squads 6-1 Jan. 26, 2008 in a neutral site match in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • The Sooners, ranked fourth to start the year, posted home shutout wins over Missouri (7-0) and Tarleton State (4-0) last weekend and against Wyoming (7-0) Tuesday.
  • The squad was 32-3 overall last season and ended the year in the NCAA national championship match.
  • In singles, Oklahoma has two ranked players – No. 86 Alexandra Pisareva and No. 91 Carmen Corley. The duo of Pisareva and Layne Sleeth is No. 22 nationally.

Bereznyak Recognized by B1G

  • After picking up a combined five wins last weekend, sophomore Shelly Bereznyak was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week.
  • Bereznyak was 3-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles at the season-opening Michigan Invitational, an individual tournament, leading the Buckeyes in victories in the event.
  • In singles, she recorded a three-set win vs. Tennessee, dropped just one game in a straight-set victory vs. Ole Miss and prevailed in three sets over No. 40-ranked Jaedan Brown of Michigan. In doubles, Bereznyak and Sydni Ratliff won 6-1 over Ole Miss and 6-2 vs. Michigan.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State was No. 17 in the ITA preseason coaches poll and remained there this week.
  • Three Buckeyes are in the ITA singles rankings – No. 15 Sydni Ratliff, No. 30 Irina Cantos Siemers and No. 116 Kolie Allen. Cantos and Ratliff are the No. 31-ranked doubles tandem.
  • Ratliff is the fourth Buckeye to be ranked in the Top 15, joining Cantos Siemers, who has been as high as No. 4, Francesca Di Lorenzo, who spent time as the top-ranked player in the NCAA, and Shiori Fukuda, who was as high as eighth.
  • At least eight of the Buckeyes’ nonconference opponents on the schedule this season were in the ITA Top 25 rankings to start the season: No. 3 NC State, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 8t Georgia, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 16 UCLA and No. 19 Arizona State. The Buckeyes could face No. 24 Tennessee or Wake Forest, which was receiving votes, on day two of ITA Kickoff Weekend.
  • In all, Ohio State will host 13 matches in Columbus during the regular season.
  • At the end of individual regular season tournament play, Ratliff leads the Buckeyes with 12 singles wins, followed by Madeline Atway with nine and Allen with eight. In doubles, Ratliff has a team-high eight wins, with Cantos Siemers next with seven.

Up Next

  • Ohio State will serve as an ITA Kickoff Weekend site, welcoming Old Dominion, Wake Forest and No. 24 Tennessee next weekend (Jan. 27-28).
  • Day one features the Buckeyes vs. the Monarchs at 10 a.m., followed by the Demon Deacons vs. the Lady Vols at 1 p.m.
  • Day two, the championship will be at 4 p.m., followed by the consolation about 7 p.m.
  • The site winner will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.